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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Tuesday, January 12
by Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

???? The Newport Democratic City Committee, which now is being led by Chair Susan Taylor, is expressing its support for the leadership of Congressman David Cicilline to “hold President Trump accountable for his role in inciting the mob attack on our nation’s Capitol and the legitimate Constitutional process underway there on January 6th:.

???? Attention Artists: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is requesting qualifications for a new public art commission for the Garrahy Judicial Complex parking garage. Through a competitive selection process, one artist or team of artists will be chosen to create a large-scale temporary mural, which will be on display for 5 years. There is no fee to apply, and the budget has been set at $98,000.

???? Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is outlining key information and dates for Rhode Island’s special referenda election on March 2, 2021. The seven referenda questions on the ballot involve authorizing the state to borrow money through bonds and temporary notes to make capital investments in several different areas.

???? Secretary Gorbea will join What’s Up Newp for a live virtual video conversation on Wednesday at 2 pm. Tune in to our website or Facebook Page to watch the conversation live and to participate in the conversation (bring those questions).

???? Protecting Portsmouth from climate change, supporting single-payer health insurance and making our roads safer are among a few of the legislative priorities members of the Portsmouth Town Council and town staff are pressing for 2021. Portsmouth Times reports.

???? RIDOH reported yesterday 568 new positive cases of COVID-19, 8 new fatalities, and 399 hospitalizations. According to RIDOH, 31,077 people have received 1 dose of the vaccine, 4,642 people have received two doses of the vaccine/are fully vaccinated.

???? 46 states currently have travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island.

???? Happy Birthday today to Bethany Connerton Audette, Gregory Fater, Lindsey Fusaro, and Nikolas Elliot!

The latest headlines from What’s Up Newp
Portsmouth Free Public Library to present ‘Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island’ with Fred Zilian

Op-Ed: Newport Democratic City Committee expresses support for the leadership of Congressman David Cicilline following the attack on the Capitol

RISCA to commission public art for Garrahy Judicial Complex

R.I. Fire Marshal shares winter fire safety tips

Military Spouses of Newport now accepting scholarship applications

Obituary | Robert Seiberling

RI Small Business Coalition congratulates Lt. Governor McKee; recommends strong leader for Lt. Governor appointee

The Bright Siders to Release Children’s Album “A Mind of Your Own” featuring War & Treaty

What’s up in Newport County this week: Jan. 11 – 17

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

List: States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island

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What’s happening In Newport County today

⛅️ Weather

  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 41. West wind around 7 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
  • Wednesday – Sunny, with a high near 40. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

⚓️ Marine

  • Today – WNW wind around 6 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NW around 6 kt in the evening. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Wednesday – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming WSW 5 to 7 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Wednesday Night – WSW wind 6 to 8 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 43°F.

???? Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:10 am | Sunset: 4:38 pm
  • High tide at 6:52 am & 7:14 pm | Low tide at 1:09 pm
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 28 days, 2% lighting

???? Things To Do

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

???? City & Government 

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled.

We’ll See You Out There

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Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.