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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Sunday, December 20
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

Happy Sunday! Believe it or not, this is the final full week of 2020.

Despite all of the challenges this year, there is much to be thankful for. As we head towards the end of the year, we want to hear from you. We invite you to share what it is that you are/were thankful for in 2020 and/or share what made 2020 special for you. I know, for me, getting married in July was certainly a highlight. Anyway, email your thoughts to, we’ll share what folks have to say as we get closer to 2021.

Common Fence Music will present Aine Minogue, award-winning harpist, singer, arranger, and composer in a live stream concert this evening at 7 pm.

Thinking of watching Ma Rainey’s Black BottomRead what WUN’s movie critic Alexander Harrison thought about the film

Make the most out of this Christmas season, see what Christmas in Newport has scheduled for this week.

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is giving the community a FREE holiday gift! PPAC House Organist Peter Edwin Krasinski has pre-recorded a holiday concert called “Holiday Magic on the Mighty Wurlitzer” for all to enjoy.

Last night, my wife and I gave Newport Dine Out a try. Newport Dine Out is a locally-owned take-out food delivery service. We ordered from Salvation Cafe and we were both thoroughly impressed with the entire process – the food was delivered on time, the food was hot and delicious, and the process was easy as can be.  A cool feature? They offer delivery from restaurants in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth. Find your favorite restaurant on their website and get take-out delivered tonight (we probably will).

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

Today is the last day of the pause. Tomorrow begins a new post-pause phase.

The next COVID-19 data update is expected around noon on Monday.

Today’s Forecast & Conditions


  • Today – A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog after 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – A chance of rain, mainly after 11pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 36. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


  • Today – Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog after 3pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NNE around 6 kt after midnight. A chance of rain, mainly after 11pm. Patchy fog. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 47°F.

Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:08 am | Sunset: 4:19 pm
  • High tide at 12:13 pm | Low tide at 4:53 am & 5:41 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 6 days, 31% lighting

 Happening In Newport County Today

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

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We’ll See You Out There

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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.