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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Friday, January 22

Good Morning,

???? A fire on Prudence Island last night engulfed at least three houses. Portsmouth and crews from Newport, Middletown, and beyond battled flames overnight and the island is currently without power. No injuries reported.WPRI has more here – Massive fire erupts on Prudence Island

???? A new COVID-19 rapid testing site is opening in downtown Newport.

???? 8 organizations from Newport County received grants from the State Arts Council.

???? The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) yesterday announced the conservation of 13.62 acres of land in Newport, split between two properties located on the island’s south end.

???? WUN’s Frank Prosnitz asks Will Rhode Island change the way it chooses its lieutenant governor?

???? The Public’s Radio‘s Newport Reporter Antonia Ayres-Brown spoke with Rex LeBeau, a strategy specialist with the Newport Health Equity Zone who focuses on LGBTQ+ health care. Read that story here – Newport public health advocate says new administration will be ‘hugely significant’ to LGBTQ+ health care

???? On Thursday, the RIDOH reported the following COVID-19 data;

  • Tests Prior Day: 20.079
  • New Positive Cases: 698
  • Percent Positive Prior Day: 3.5%
  • People Hospitalized: 379
  • New Fatalities: 18

Cumulative Totals Since Begining of Pandemic

  • Total Tests: 2,340,681
  • Total Positive Cases: 108,786
  • Total Fatalities: 2,076


  • First Doses Administered: 50,637
  • Second Doses Administered: 12,515
  • People Fully Vaccinated: 12,515
  • Total Doses Administered: 63,152

???? Happy Birthday today to Bronya Shillo, Lily Jeovanna, and Jill Rogers Bills.

Let’s dive into what else is happening, new, and to do out there…

The Latest From What’s Up Newp
Large fire on Prudence Island overnight

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LIVE ON WUN: Newport City Council COVID-19 Status Update (Jan. 21 at 4:30 pm)

New COVID-19 rapid testing site opening in Newport

State Arts Council awards $750,192 in grants to 120 arts and culture programs, educators, and folk artists

Just My Opinion: Will Rhode Island change the way it chooses its lieutenant governor?

Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter names David Carlin III new Director of Public Policy and Communications

East Bay Community Action Program hires Youth Career Specialist in partnership with The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

LIVE ON WUN: RIDOH to provide weekly COVID-19 update (Jan. 21 at 1 pm)

Aquidneck Land Trust conserves 13.62 acres of land in Newport

DEM Announces that the Mobility Innovation Working Group has issued its final report

What’s Up in Newport County today: Thursday, January 21

Obituary: William W. Corcoran

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What’s Up Today in Newport County

⛅️ Weather

  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 8 to 11 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 24. Northwest wind 10 to 16 mph.

⚓️ Marine

???? Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:05 am | Sunset: 4:50 pm
  • High tide at 2:24 am & 2:44 pm | Low tide at 8:57 am & 8:14 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 8 days, 61% lighting

???? Things To Do

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

???? City & Government 

Live on WUN (watchon our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled yet, check back for updates.
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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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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