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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Thursday, January 7
by Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,


Today at 2 pm, Clergy from at least four local churches are holding a virtual prayer rally in response to the violent protests that took place in Washington, D.C on Wednesday. Thus far the pastors of Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, Community Baptist Church (Newport, RI), Crosspoint Church (Newport), and Portsmouth United Methodist Church (Portsmouth) have committed to participate in this peaceful, non-partisan gathering.. 

Rev. Dr. Paul A. Hoffman, the Lead Pastor of EFC Newport, tells What’s Up Newp that the prayer will promote the following goals: “An alternate witness that is faith-centered and hopeful, process our grief in constructive ways, lament the chaos and violence taking place and pray for peace and unity in our communities and nation”.

It will be broadcast here on FB live beginning at 2 pm.

The 33rd Newport Winter Festival has been forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Will the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade happen in 2021? Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Evan Smith, and Dennis Sullivan share their thoughts.

 Meanwhile, optimism is in the air as the Newport Gulls prepare to play in 2021.

 Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) on Wednesday released updated COVID-19 data by city/town. Things aren’t moving in a good direction for Newport County.

 RIDOH reported yesterday 1,564 new positive COVID-19 cases, 20 new fatalities, and 405 hospitalizations.

 Newport City Council will host a COVID-19 Crisis Update Workshop today at 4:30 pm. WUN will carry it live on our website and Facebook Page when it happens. 

 Reminder – Governor Raminodo will host 

WPRI has a thorough story on RI schools that will start doing on-site COVID testing. Three quick local takeaways;

  • “Middletown schools will do a state-run testing event, and the district is considering administering its own tests as well”.
  • “Newport declined to do its own testing, but signed up for a state testing event”.
  • “Portsmouth Public Schools has signed up for both school-administered testing and a state testing event, which has not yet been scheduled”.
  • See the full list here


 Happy Birthday today to Judy McLennan, Kathryn Gray, Lisa Virgadamo, Rick Farrell, and Jon-Michael Veronesi!

The latest headlines from What’s Up Newp
2021 Newport Winter Festival canceled

Newport City Council will host its first council meeting of 2021 on Jan. 13, here’s what’s on the agenda

Department of Health releases updated COVID-19 data by city, town

Children’s Entertainer Laurie Berkner to Release her 14th Album, “Let’s Go!”

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

Will the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade happen in 2021? Local leaders share their thoughts

What’s Up in Newport County today: Wednesday, January 6

Optimism Is In The Air: Newport Gulls prepare to play in 2021

Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s online pitch night will feature 17 startups

Obituary | Michele Frances Rajotte

Obituary | Marion Carol Aguiar

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center launches ‘Level Up Program’ to amplify second-stage business growth

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

A look at what’s happening In Newport County today

️ Weather

  • Today – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 43. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Tonight – Clear, with a low around 27. North wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

⚓️ Marine

  • Today – NNW wind around 9 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – NNW wind 7 to 9 kt. Clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 45°F.

Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:33 pm
  • High tide at 1:53 am & 2:15 pm | Low tide at 7:58 am & 7:52 pm
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 23 days, 43% lighting

 Things To Do

 JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

 City & Government 

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • 4:30 pm – City of Newport COVID-19 Status Update

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 - 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.