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The Annual Polar Plunge at Easton’s Beachhas been canceled. To keep people from participating and gathering on their own, the City of Newport announced yesterday that Easton’s Beach will be closed on New Year’s Day.

It was 40 years ago today thatSunny von Bulow was found comatose at Clarendon Court.

Aquidneck Island is getting an early holiday present asRejects Beer Co. is scheduled to openin a limited capacity later today.

Aquidneck Community Table is hosting aspecial holiday growers’ market on Wednesdayat the Gateway Center.

Wondering what homes sold on your street, in your neighborhood or in Newport County?Here’s a look at the 24 properties that changed hands last week.

Overall giving to Salve Regina Universitywas up during the last fiscal year, with $5.4 million pledged compared to $4.1 million during the previous year.

Governor Raimondohas signed a pared-down state budgetfor the 2021 fiscal year that restores funding to cities and towns, uses federal coronavirus relief funds to aid struggling Rhode Islanders, and does not raise taxes or fees.

401 Tech Bridge in Portsmouth has announcedthewinners of the first Materials Innovation Challenge.COVID-19 in Rhode Island

RIDOH419 new positive cases, 17 new fatalities yesterday.COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

RIDOH provided their weekly update to this list,List: States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island.46 states and Puerto Rico now have travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island.

We’ll hear from the Governor today at 1 pm when she hosts her weekly COVID-19 press briefing. Watch it live on our website and Facebook Page as it happens, or anytime afterward.

The Latest From What’s Up Newp

Annual Polar Plunge at Easton’s Beach canceled

This Day In Newport History: Sunny von Bulow is Found Comatose on December 22, 1980

Community generosity helps Bank Rhode Island’s Holiday Giving Tree provide 2,659 gifts to local kids

Stop & Shop on Bellevue Avenue now offering pickup service

Jamestown Arts Center will kick off the new year with a new exhibition, outdoor art, and two virtual JAC Talks

RI, MA, CT, and DC launch regional program to cut transportation pollution, reinvest in cleaner transit and modern infrastructure

Aquidneck Community Table will host a special Holiday Farmers Market on Wednesday

122-Year-Old Henry Barnard School to Remain Open as a New Independent School

Rejects Beer Company will open on Tuesday in Middletown

What’s Up in Newport County this week: Dec. 21 – 27

What Sold: 24 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (Dec. 13 – 19)

List: States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island

Obituary | Patricia M. Lauder

Obituary | Regina Slezak

Obituary | Christine Martha Cole

For the very latest news and information, visitwww.whatsupnewp.com.

Happening In Newport County Today


  • Special Weather Statement
  • Today –Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 6 to 14 mph.
  • Tonight –Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.


Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:09am | Sunset: 4:20 pm
  • High tide at 1:36 am & 1:54 pm | Low tide at 7:32 am & 7:36 pm
  • Moon: First Quarter Moon, 7days, 50% lighting

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event CenterVirtual Screening Room

City & Government

Live on WUN (on ourFacebook Pageandwebsite)

  • 1 pm – Governor Raimondo’s weekly COVID-19 press briefing

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