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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Saturday, January 23
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

???? Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee will join What’s Up Newp for a live virtual video conversation on Monday, January 25 at 1 pm. We’ll chat with McKee about the Gubernatorial transition and what his goals and plans are as Governor of Rhode Island. We’ll also chat about his efforts to support small businesses during COVID-19 and more

???? Newport Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano appeared on 12 News Now at 4 yesterday. She talks about the St. Patrick’s Day parade, North End development, and what summer might look like. Watch the interview here.

???? WPRI caught up with Prudence Island residents to discuss the fire that destroyed 3 homes.

????  I joined The Rhode Show yesterday for a fun conversation on The Rhody Roundup. If you care to watch it, you can here.

???? As part of a series of Seasonal Wildlife Solution Sessions, DEM will be hosting a conversation about Nocturnal Nuisances – Coyotes, Foxes and Fishers on February 3. Read more about it here.

???? Rhode Island Monthly with a snapshot of the Newport Congregational Church Sanctuary.

???? Speaking of Rhode Island Monthly, last week I read a story they did on adorable outdoors apres-ski dining in Providence. Based on their story, my wife and I went to Chez Pascal and Wurst Kitchen last night for dinner, it was absolutely delicious and so much fun. The restaurant turned its patio into an Alpine adventure with a menu of hearty one-pot comfort food, après ski cocktails, and amaro. Highly recommend.

???? In big real estate news, Lila Delman has joined Compass, a national real estate brokerage.

???? Representative William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) will be introducing a resolution calling for the end to COVID-19 mandated restaurant closing times.

???? In Portsmouth, the ACLU is suing the town over a political sign ban, Portsmouth Times reports.

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

  • Tests Prior Day: 18,546
  • New Positive Cases: 829
  • Percent Positive Prior Day: 4.5%
  • People Hospitalized: 352
  • New Fatalities: 7

Cumulative Totals Since Begining of Pandemic

  • Total Tests: 2,363,131
  • Total Positive Cases: 109,735
  • Total Fatalities: 2,083

Vaccine

  • First Doses Administered: 52,925
  • Second Doses Administered: 13,145
  • People Fully Vaccinated: 13,145
  • Total Doses Administered: 66,070

???? Happy Birthday today to Pia Hogue, Rachelle Sylvia, Erin Moitoza, Leigh Kirmil, and Brian Ashness! 

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

The Latest From What’s Up Newp
Prada Cup round robins conclude; repairs to PATRIOT progress

Op Ed: Music Deserves as Much Attention by the State as Athletics

State Rep. O’Brien to introduce a resolution calling for an end to COVID-19 restaurant time closures

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “One Night in Miami”

Mock wedding to be held at OceanCliff, will be used as a training video to help the wedding and event industry naviage COVID-19 guidelines

RIDOH provides COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Lila Delman Real Estate joins Compass

What’s Up in Newport County this weekend: Jan. 22 – 24

DEM to host virtual ‘Seasonal Wildlife Solution Sessions’

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

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

What’s Up Today in Newport County

⛅️ Weather

  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 30. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -1. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
  • Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values as low as -1. Breezy, with a northwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
  • Sunday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

⚓️ Marine

  • Gale Warning in effect from January 23, 01:00 PM EST until January 24, 06:00 PM EST
  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – NW wind 13 to 17 kt, with gusts as high as 27 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – NW wind around 17 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday – WNW wind around 18 kt, with gusts as high as 29 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday Night – NW wind 13 to 16 kt decreasing to 9 to 12 kt after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 26 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 43°F.

???? Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:04 am | Sunset: 4:51 pm
  • High tide at 3:20 am & 3:44 pm | Low tide at 9:55 am & 9:11 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 9 days, 70% lighting

???? Things To Do

What’s Up in Newport County this weekend: Jan. 22 – 24

???? 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.
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.