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This story was originally published on March 5, 2021.

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>> At 1 pm today, Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host their weekly COVID-19 briefing. What’s Up Newp will carry it live on our website as it happens.

>> Newport City Council will not host their weekly COVID-19 Crisis Update today, that meeting has been canceled.

>> Gina Raimondo was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Commerce last night. Raimondo will join Stephanie Ruhle this morning on MSNBC at 9 am for an exclusive interview to discuss her key priorities for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

>> After nearly a year, basketball nets are beginning to return across Newport. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center shared the following on Wednesday;

You know what we call this? HOPE! The basketball hoops are back up on the court behind the MLK. Thanks @cityofnewportri

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Happy Birthday today to Jack Corey, Jay Flanders, John “Choppy: Marshall, Derrick Marquiss, Leigh Anne Cooper, Liam Geer, Karl Nelson, and Michael Harrison!

Weather Forecast

  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Marine Forecast

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:13 am | Sunset: 5:40 pm
  • High tide at 11:42 am | Low tide at 4:50 am and 4:49 pm
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 20 days, 72% lighting

Things To Do

  • Nothing scheduled.

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Live on WUN (watch on our Facebook Page and website)

  • 1 pm – Governor McKee, RIDOH host press briefing to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island

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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.