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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Friday, January 15

Good Morning,

????New York Yacht Club American Magic began racing at the Prada Cup, the Challenger Selection Series for the America’s Cup, with a loss to INEOS Team UK in the opening contest of the event.

???? Reminder – Plant City X’s opening has been pushed from today to Monday.

???? Newport History Tours, the Newport Historical Society’s walking tour program, will offer three themed Saturday tours presented by an expert tour guide this month. The first, The Rogues & Scoundrels tour, is tomorrow and shows where scoundrels lived, pirates profited, and criminals were punished.

???? Enjoy theatre from home. Providence’s The Wilbury Theatre opens up The Race today. This challenging new play, done in an emerging new performance medium, examines the common, and sometimes uncommon, obstacles of a high-pressure corporate interview dance in the Zoom era.  Performances will be held on Zoom January 15 – 31, 2021.

???? The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and National Grid are once again warning electric and gas customers to be vigilant of potential scammers posing as bill collectors trying to take advantage of them.

???? Happy Birthday today to Representative Terri Cortvriend, Caitlin Mahoney, and Cory Silken!

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

???? RIDOH reported yesterday;

  • Tests Prior Day: 17,569
  • New Positive Cases: 789
  • Percent Positive Prior Day: 4.5%
  • People Hospitalized: 375
  • New Fatalities: 9

Cumulative Totals Since Begining of Pandemic

  • Total Tests: 2,219,805
  • Total Positive Cases: 103,386
  • Total Fatalities: 1,996


  • First Doses Administered: 39,502
  • Second Doses Administered: 8,616
  • People Fully Vaccinated: 8,616
  • Total Doses Administered: 48,118

???? The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will hold a briefing via Zoom this morning to update the press on Rhode Island’s COVID-19 vaccination effort. We’ll bring you any news from this press briefing on whatsupnewp.com later this morning.

???? New AARP analysis shows the rate of COVID-19 deaths and cases in nursing homes has skyrocketed

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PPAC Community Outreach Committee Announces ARTS Scholarships 2021

What’s up in Newport County this weekend: Jan. 15 – 17

DEM seeking proposals from qualified farmers to purchase a 10-acre agricultural parcel in South Kingstown

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Norman Bird Sanctuary kicks off the new year with the successful launch of 2021 programs

John and Aimee Oates Announce Songfest 7908 to Support FeedingAmerica.com

Obituary: Jimmy Sabetti

For the very latest news and information, visit www.whatsupnewp.com

What’s Up Today in Newport County

⛅️ Weather

  • Today – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind 7 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
  • Tonight – Showers, mainly after 1am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 40. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

⚓️ Marine

???? Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:09 am | Sunset: 4:41 pm
  • High tide at 9:16 am & 9:38 pm | Low tide at 2:14 am & 3:06 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 2 days, 4% lighting

???? Things To Do

???? JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

???? City & Government 

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

Live on WUN (watchon our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.

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 - 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.