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Good Morning & Happy New Year!

If you were looking to kick off 2021 by participating in a Polar Plunge this morning, you’re out of luck. The Annual Polar Plunge at Easton’s Beach and Portsmouth’s Annual Polar Plunge have been canceled.

Instead of a Polar Plunge, head out for a “first-day hike”. The Department of Environmental Management is inviting residents to #WalkOff2020 and celebrate the New Year by getting outdoors with their immediate household members during the holiday weekend. Fort Adams State Park is among a number of state park locations offering a limited number of commemorative pins to visitors.

Portsmouth Police have identified the man who was found dead outside of his home on Mare Terrace.

As far as COVID-19 data goes. RIDOH will not be posting updated data again until Monday, January 4.

Congrats are in order for Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport employees Concepcion Vazquez, Malcolm Lewis, Elijah Kibler, Omar Rivera Morales and Marcus Davis. All who recently won Career Communications Group Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Happy Birthday today to Corey Hollins, Steve Ahlquist, Steve Lavin, David Marlowe, Peter Fisher, and Casey Kirwin.

”Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” –Benjamin Franklin

Wishing you all the best in 2021! 

~ Ryan Belmore

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A look at what’s happening In Newport County today


  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – Sunny this morning, then becoming partly sunny. Cooler with highs in the upper 30s. North winds around 5 mph, becoming east around 5 mph this afternoon.
  • Tonight – Rain. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain near 100 percent.


  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – N winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming E this afternoon. Waves around 2 ft.
  • Tonight – SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming E 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 20 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft. Rain.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 45°F.

Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:12 am | Sunset: 4:27 pm
  • High tide at 8:57 am & 9:28 pm | Low tide at 2:04 am & 3 pm
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 17 days, 96% lighting

Things To Do 

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

  • To be announced.

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled.

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.