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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Saturday, December 26
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

Hope you had a very nice and safe Christmas.

Kwanzaa begins today and ends on Friday, January 1. Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate!

It’s quite windy (and cold) out there this morning. Luckily this storm didn’t bring the massive power outages that were being planned for. Tiverton was hardest hit in the state yesterday, with about 500 customers without power in the afternoon. As of 6:30 am this morning, there was just one customer (in Providence) in the entire state without power.

Although Christmas has passed, there’s still some fun and festive activities to enjoy. Head for Christmas In Newport to learn more about A Rough Point Holiday, Holiday Lantern Tours, and”Through Her Eyes- A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined” an Island Moving Company / Marta Renzi Film.

Lights more your thing? Sparkling Lights at The Breakers – An Outdoor Magical WonderlandNight Lights – An Illuminating Experience at Blithewold Mansion and Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo continues until January 10.

Updated COVID-19 data will not be posted by RIDOH between 12/24 and 12/27.  Data will next be updated on 12/28.Happy Birthday today to Patrick Sullivan, Gail Holmes, and Kathleen Kipp.

Have a great Saturday,

~ Ryan

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A look at what’s happening In Newport County today


  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 26. West wind 9 to 13 mph.
  • Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind around 7 mph.
  • Sunday Night – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind 5 to 10 mph.


  • Small Craft Advisory until December 26, 07:00 PM EST
  • Today – W wind 12 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 27 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – W wind 8 to 11 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday – W wind around 6 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday Night – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 9 kt in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 46°F.

Sun & Moon – Saturday

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:21 pm
  • High tide at 5:05 am & 5:21 pm | Low tide at 11:06 am & 10:36 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 11 days, 84% lighting

Sun & Moon – Sunday

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:23 pm
  • High tide at 5:45 am & 6:03 pm | Low tide at 11:46 am & 11:17 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 12 days, 91% lighting

Things To Do – Saturday

Things To Do – Sunday

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled.

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled.

Have a tip, story, suggestion, birthday, anniversary, new job, or any other nugget for this newsletter? Get in touch: ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.