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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Saturday, January 9 | Weekend Edition
by Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

???? President-elect Biden introduced Governor Gina Raimondo as nominee for Secretary of Commerce and his key members of his economic and jobs team yesterday. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

???? Lt. Governor Dan Mckee in a statement yesterday said that in the coming days, the Governor and he will be working closely together to plan a smooth transition and also noted that the team leading the COVID response team will remain in place.

???? Rhode Island Department reported yesterday 924 new COVID-19 positive cases (total now 97,514), 6 new fatalities (total now 1,916), and 390 hospitalizations.

???? Reminder: Free Rapid BinaxNOW Tests will be given on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Edward King House for the month of January.  

????This is the last weekend of Sparkling Lights at The Breakers. The Preservation Society of Newport County is also offering free admission this weekend to local police, firefighters, hospital workers, and residents of Newport County – Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Naval Station Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.

???? FOX Nation, the subscription-based streaming service from Fox News, will feature The Breakers on their new show “Castles USA,”

???? Happy Birthday today to Alli Strumski, Jonathan Abua, Terri Steadman, Rich Ferreira, and Martin Grosswendt.!

The latest headlines from What’s Up Newp
FirstWorks to host Creative Conversation with Wynton Marsalis Thursday, January 14

Newport History Tours offering themed winter walking tours this month

Home on Calvert Place in Jamestown sells for $1.2 million

What’s Up in Newport County this weekend: Jan. 8 – 10

LIVE ON WUN: President-elect Biden introduces Governor Raimondo as nominee for Secretary of Commerce

LIVE ON WUN: Governor Raimondo’s weekly COVID-19 press briefing postponed to next week

City of Newport: Rapid COVID-19 tests now available at Edward King House Senior Center

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

DEM acquires former Echo Lake Campground in Burrillville

Rhode Island Monthly, Rhode Island Foundation recognize What’s Up Newp in 2021 Common Good Awards

WSBE Rhode Island PBS to present a new documentary ‘Under the Ground: The Story of the Liberation News Service’

Obituary | Wharton Biddle

Obituary | Constance Benard

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A look at what’s happening In Newport County today

⛅️ Weather

  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
  • Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 7 to 11 mph.
  • Sunday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

⚓️ Marine

  • Today – N wind 10 to 12 kt, with gusts as high as 22 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – N wind around 11 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday – NNW wind 6 to 10 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday Night – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 44°F.

???? Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:34 pm
  • High tide at 4 am & 4:27 pm | Low tide at 10:32 am & 9:56 pm
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 25 days, 22% lighting

???? Things To Do

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

???? 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 Owner and 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.