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The latest What’s Up Newp newsletter is here.

Good Morning,

>> Newport City Council last night approved special event licenses for Rhode Races Newport (May 22), Newport Oyster & Chowder Festival (May 22 – 23), Newport Charter Yacht Show (June 21 – 24), and the Hall of Fame Open (July 11 – 18). If you missed Newport City Council’s 3+ hour meeting last night you can watch it here.

>> General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins WhatsUpNewp today at noon for a live virtual video conversation. We’ll talk about taxes – at least how those earning less than $72,000 a year could get free tax preparation assistance, talk about the Frontline Heroes Fund, small business support, and recommendations on new stimulus relief. We’ll also explore how well the state’s retirement funds are doing, and learn of any legislative initiatives his office is planning.

>> Mori Sushi is moving from Goddard Row to Bellevue Avenue! Details

>> The Newport Gulls say that they will be playing this summer.Newport Gulls @NewportGulls🚨PSA🚨 WE ARE WAITING FOR AN OFFICIAL SCHEDULE BUT ARE GOING TO BE PLAYING THIS SUMMER! @swampbats_keene @OceanStateWaves @Sanford_Mainers @danbwesterners @UVNighthawks @BristolBluesCT @MV_Sharks @mysticschooners @MountaineersVT @SteepleCats @MuskratBaseball @ValleyBlueSoxMarch 24th 202110 Retweets54 Likes

>> Governor Daniel McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host their weekly COVID-19 briefing today at 1 pm. What’s Up Newp will carry it live here. Tune in for the latest update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

>> The Preservation Society of Newport County yesterday announced that Newport Flower Show will be reimagined this year as an indoor, self-guided tour of floral design exhibits at Rosecliff, called “Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy.” Tickets for the three-day event, June 18-20, 2021, are available now. Story.

Rosecliff will be “Back in Bloom” this June | Photo courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Thursday, March 25

~ Happy Birthday today to Kira Favro, Rob McCormack, Tim Naughton and Parker Sizeland!

Weather Forecast

  • Today – A chance of showers before 8 am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – A chance of showers, mainly after 2 am. Patchy fog before 2 am, then patchy fog after 3 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind around 9 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Marine Forecast

  • Gale Watch in effect from March 26, 08:00 AM EDT until March 27, 03:00 AM EDT
  • Today – Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers before 8 am. Patchy fog before noon. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SSW wind around 8 kt. A chance of showers, mainly after 2 am. Patchy fog between 11 pm and midnight, then Patchy fog between 1 am and 2 am, then Patchy fog after 3 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Current Water Temperature: 40°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:38 am | Sunset: 7:04 pm | 12 hours and 26 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 5:44 am & 6:13 pm | Low tide at 12:01 am & 11:55 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 11 days, 83% lighting.

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government




Live on WUN (watch on ourFacebook Pageandwebsite)

  • 12 pm – A conversation with R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner
  • 1 pm – Governor McKee, RIDOH weekly COVID-19 briefing

The Latest WUN Headlines

Newport nonprofit wins grant to help residents cope with continuing effects of COVID-19 crisis

WATCH: Governor McKee, RIDOH host weekly COVID-19 briefing (March 25 at 1 pm)

Stephen Waluk resigns as chairman of Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority

WATCH: Newport City Council Meeting(March 24)

Women’s History Month: Opera Singer Maria Spacagna

Roger Williams Park Zoo to host Asian Lantern Spectacular beginning April 15

Now Hiring – Ocean State Job Lot: 100 positions available at Distribution Center in North Kingstown

Here’s the status of major Newport County and Rhode Island events in 2021 (Updating)

Newport Flower Show reimagined as ‘Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy’, will take place at Rosecliff in June

Vail Resorts reduces all pass prices by 20%, launches new version of Epic Day Pass

For the very latest news and information, visit

Recent Local Obituaries

Popular Stories Right Now

  1. Stephen Land named new Newport Harbormaster
  2. Newport Flower Show reimagined as ‘Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy’, will take place at Rosecliff in June
  3. Obituary | Ruth Eleanor Stokes
  4. Owner of Wayfinder Hotel in Newport acquires hotel in Hawaii, will open as Wayfinder Waikiki
  5. Middletown-based SEACORP acquired in a private transaction

The Latest: COVID-19 / Vaccine

News Data | Vaccine Info & Registration | Reopening RI | Travel Restrictions


WJAR – Newport Flower Show, skipped last year because of pandemic, is a go this year

General Assembly – Two housing bills scheduled for House vote today

DEM – Trout Fishing Season Opens on Wednesday, April 7; Golden Rainbow Trout and Sebago Salmon Among the Species Being Stocked by DEM in RI Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams

Secretary of State – Secretary Gorbea Fights for Open Government with Revised Public Records Act

Easter is next Sunday (April 4). I’ll be working on a round-up of dine-in and take-out options today and should have that to you by our afternoon newsletter. Know of a place or something that we should include? Let me know at

That’s going to do it for this morning, thanks for reading all the way to the end!

~ Ryan

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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.