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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Saturday, December 19
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

Day 3 of the Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland saw New York Yacht Club American Magic close out racing at the first AC75 class regatta with a second-place finish overall.

If you missed our live video conversation with Steve Iwanski yesterday, it’s worth a watch. Steve will tell you all about his plans for Charter Books at 8 Broadway.

Breakwaters Cigar & Whiskey opened yesterday at 796 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown.

Diego’s added to their family yesterday. Diego’s Eastside is now open n Wayland Square.

On the market for a new home? Tyler Bernadyn has a look at the 14 open houses happening in Newport County this weekend.Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A’ rating on approximately $48 million of Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s (RITBA) toll revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

Salve Regina’s chapter of Best Buddies International has been recognized as Rhode Island’s Outstanding Chapter of the Year for its outstanding commitment, leadership and unwavering dedication to the Best Buddies mission

National Grid Denied Waiver for Portsmouth LNG Facility, ecoRI News reports.

The Rhode Island General Assembly yesterday approved a pared-down state budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

The Senate yesterday approved several judicial appointments, many will help diversify the state court system.

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

RIDOH reported yesterday 395 new positive cases, 23 new fatalities, and 459 hospitalizations. 1,226 people have received one dose of a vaccine.

Governor Gina Raimondo announced yesterday during her weekly press briefing that the “pause” that Rhode Island has been under for the past three weeks will end on Sunday, December 20. Governor Raimondo then said “we can’t go from pause to flipping a switch” and announced a post-pause phase beginning Monday, December 21st.

Today’s Forecast & Conditions


  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.


  • Today – N wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 48F

Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:08 am | Sunset: 4:18 pm
  • High tide at 11:21 am and 11:50 pm | Low tide at 4:01 am & 4:53 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 5 days, 22% lighting

 Happening In Newport County Today

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

The Latest From What’s Up Newp
American Magic takes 2nd overall At Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland

Governor Raimondo: “Pause” ends on Sunday, reopening begins on Monday

Watch | Governor Raimondo’s Weekly COVID-19 Press Briefing (Dec. 18 at 1 pm)

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

Watch | WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Steve Iwanski, founder of Charter Books

“Six Picks” Music: The Best Streaming Music This Weekend: Billy Gilman, Sarah Potenza and Jose Feliciano

Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in Newport County and Rhode Island

14 Newport County open houses to check out this weekend

Obituary | Beverly Mary Keohane

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.