What’s Up In Newport County Today
Tuesday, January 5

Good Morning

Newport County residents will be admitted for free to The Breakers and its historic grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10, the last two days of Holidays at the Newport Mansions and the new outdoor light display, Sparkling Lights at The Breakers.

It’s still two months out, but we’ve gotten the question a lot – “what’s going to happen to the 2021 Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?”. We asked around to find out how leaders are feeling right now about the event (scheduled for March 13).

“With the slow distribution (of the vaccine), it doesn’t appear that we would be ready by March. This is unfortunate as I think everyone had such high hopes that we would have had the vaccination by then,” Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano told What’s Up Newp via email on Sunday.

“From our standpoint, we plan on going on March 13, 2021, if the City and State let us. If not, we alternatively want to have one in September, if again the City and State say yes. Otherwise, we will probably forgo the year”, Dennis Sullivan from the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee told What’s Up via email on Monday.

We’ll keep an eye on it.

The Aquidneck Land Trust recently received a $100,000 gift to its Glen Farm campaign, completing the year-long, $472,000 fundraising effort to conserve the 7.5-acre property in Portsmouth.

Wondering what homes sold on your street, in your neighborhood, or in Newport County? Here are the 28 Newport County real estate sales, transactions between December 27 – January 2.

Harry’s Burger Bar and the building at 464 Thames Street are on the market.
RIDOH reported yesterday 633 new positive COVID-19 cases, 16 new fatalities, and 415 hospitalizations.

45 states and Puerto Rico are on the list of states with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island this week.

On Thursday, Governor Raimondo will provide a COVID-19 update at 1 pm, Newport City Council will host a COVID-19 workshop at 4:30 pm. UPDATE – Governor Raimondo’s press briefing has been moved to Friday at 1 pm.

Happy Birthday today to Carol Ward, Wendy Logan, Mark Hellendrung, and Christopher Rondina!

Have a great Tuesday,

~ Ryan Belmore

Have a tip, story, suggestion, birthday, anniversary, new job, or any other nugget for this newsletter? Get in touch: ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

The latest headlines from What’s Up Newp

Plant City X scheduled to open in Middletown on January 15

Preservation Society offering Newport County residents free admission to ‘Sparkling Lights at The Breakers’ this weekend

Aquidneck Land Trust raises enough in donations to conserve a 7.5-acre section of Glen Farm

What’s Up in Newport County this week: Jan. 4 – 10

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

What Sold: 28 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (Dec. 27 – Jan. 3)

List: States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island

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

A look at what’s happening In Newport County today


  • Today – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind around 11 mph.


  • Today – N wind 9 to 11 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – N wind around 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 45°F.

Sun & Moon 

  • Sunrise: 7:12 am | Sunset: 4:31 pm
  • High tide at 12:01 am & 12:19 pm | Low tide at 5:15 am & 5:45 pm
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 21 days, 66% lighting

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government 

Live on WUN (on our Facebook Page and website)

  • Nothing scheduled, check back for updates.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).