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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

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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

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.

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 -

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.