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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Saturday, December 12
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

~ Christmas In Newport announced the winners of the 2020 Christmas in Newport Door Decorating Contest on Friday. Get out there and check out these doorways before Christmas!

~ Looking to dine out or order take-out on Christmas? Here’s our list of what restaurants will be open on Christmas Day

~ The Aquidneck Growers’ Market will take place outside (rain or shine) at the Newport Gateway Center today. Stop by between 9 am – 12 pm for the freshest veggies and goodies you can find.

Six residents have thrown their names into consideration for the two vacancies on Newport Planning Board. 

~ The United States Post Office at 320 Thames Street has extended their hours today and next Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm (usually they close at 1 pm) to help with those shipping needs. 

~ Due to potential rain, the City’ of Newport’s Holly Jolly Drive-Thru initially planned for today at Easton’s Beach has been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 13th from 1 – 3 p.m.

BedJet, a leading bed climate control system manufacturer headquartered at 17 JT Connell Highway in Newport, announced this week that they have hit a record milestone this year having sold its 100,000th BedJet unit. The milestone is significant to the company because it defies the odds set by the stars of the hit television show Shark Tank who declined to offer funding when the product was featured on the program.

~ Renovations are in full swing in the garden level of Gerety Hall at Salve, where a new eSports facility that will deliver a full-scale, state-of-the-art gaming experience is scheduled to open by the time students return to campus to start the spring semester in January 2021.

~ Speaking of Salve, three of their students secured their place among North America’s top collegiate gamers by finishing third overall and winning $10,000 in scholarships at the Fall 2020 PlayVS College Fortnite Championships.

~ Beginning on Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 8th all schools in the Portsmouth School Department will shift to full distance learning.

~ On December 13, from 4 to 6 pm the  Portsmouth PTO and Middle School will host the opening night of a First Annual Drive-Through Winter Wonderland.

~ Despite opposition from Save The Bay, the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has approved blasting a portion of Narragansett Bay to accommodate the construction of nuclear submarines.

~ Happy Birthday today to Sean Galvin, Charles Kehres, Robert Purdy, Erika Van Pelt, and Gerald Coyne!

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

~ RIDOH reported yesterday 1,216 new positive cases, 6.6% positive rate, 11 new fatalities, and 466 hospitalizations.

~ RIDOH’s Dr. Chan hosted a Facebook Live to answer some common questions about the vaccine yesterday. You can watch it here.

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Today’s Forecast & Conditions


  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – Rain likely before noon, then rain after 1 pm. Areas of fog before noon, then areas of fog after 1 pm. High near 53. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – A chance of rain, mainly before 9 pm. Areas of fog before 10 pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 10 to 16 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


  • Today – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Rain. Areas of fog before noon, then Areas of fog after 1 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – S wind 9 to 14 kt becoming SW after midnight. A chance of rain, mainly before 9 pm. Areas of fog before 10 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 50°F

Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:03 am | Sunset: 4:16 pm
  • High tide at 5:19 am and 5:43 pm | Low tide at 11:26 am and 11:07 pm
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 26 days, 10% lighting

 Happening In Newport County Today

FirstWorks to Present Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce Livestream Dec. 12th

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

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