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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Wednesday, December 30
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

As this bizarre year ends, we have compiled our top lists. To help us, we asked some current legislators, current and former general officeholders, retired journalists, and individuals active in some of the state’s most connected non-profits.

Over the next few days, we will list, beginning today, the people to watch in 2021 (today), the people to watch in Newport County in 2021 (tomorrow), the top stories of 2020 (Thursday), and on New Year’s Day we will speculate on the important stories and issues to expect in 2021.Of course, we also have plenty of lists from our lifestyle team as well. Here are a few that we’ve already published (more to come);

Speaking of end of the year roundups, SALVEtoday is sharing the top 10 stories of the year from its news coverage.

At approximately 1:35 pm yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast announced on Twitter that they were suspending their search of Newport Harbor for a ‘possible person’ pending further information.

Anna Burnely from the Mission Group (Nomi Park, Mission, TSK, Winner Winner) is among 25 Chefs who shared their favorite moments of 2020 with Forbes.

During the month of December, 40 local musicians held virtual house concerts via  Facebook Live and raised a record $28,695 for local homeless shelters through the efforts of Singing For Shelter. 

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin died on Tuesday at the age of 98. In 2017, The Preservation Society of Newport County hosted an exhibition at Rosecliff titled “Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation”. The Preservation Society posted a tribute to him on Facebook on Tuesday.

RIDOH reported yesterday1,095 new COVID-19 positive cases, 18 new fatalities, and 423 hospitalizations.

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Happy Birthday today to Lucy Fernandez, Meredith Brower, Jamie Horoszko, Dakota Cowell, Patrick Baker, Jessica Chase, Stephen Correia, and Tom Stewart!

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What’s Up Concert Photos: Top Pics of 2020

Coast Guard, rescue crews searching for ‘possible person’ in Newport Harbor (Updated)

‘Ker Arvor’ on Harrison Avenue sells for $7.285 million

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

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Obituary | Arlene Krieg

Project ReGive: Hogan Associates collected new unwanted gifts to spread happiness to those in need.

Home on Meadow Avenue in Westerly fetches $3.5 million

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A look at what’s happening In Newport County today


  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 11 to 16 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight – Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:12 am | Sunset: 4:25 pm
  • High tide at 7:36 am & 8:01 pm | Low tide at 12:40 am & 1:48 pm
  • Moon: Full Moon, 15 days, 100% lighting

Things To Do 

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled.

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.