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This story was originally published on March 5, 2021.

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>> The Nitro Bar is opening a second location in Newport. Full Story

>> What’s Up Newp is keeping an eye on the status of major events that are scheduled in Newport County and across Rhode Island in 2021. Keep an eye here (updates coming in daily) – Here’s the status of major Newport County and Rhode Island events in 2021

>> Newport City Council will host a regular council meeting at 6:30 pm this evening. Here’s what’s on the agenda. Tune in to our website or Facebook Page as it happens to watch the meeting live.

>> What’s Up Newp on Tuesday launched a new Facebook Group for those interested in or looking for, the latest obituaries from Newport County. Follow the group here – Newport County Obituaries.

>> Speaking of Facebook Groups, don’t forget to join our other group – Residents of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.

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What’s Up in Newport County Today

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

>> Happy Birthday today to PJ Finn, Daryl Kapalczynski, Chris Capuano, Hootie Fogg, and Caroline Leitao!

>> Today is National Pack Your Lunch Day, Mario Day, National Landline Telephone Day, National No Smoking Day, and National Ranch Day!

>> On This Day: According to Hamodia, the daily newspaper of Torah Jewry,  the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., bought land for a cemetery in 5437/1677.

Weather Forecast

  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tonight – Increasing clouds, with a low around 39. South wind around 6 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 8 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Increasing clouds. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 37°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:04 am | Sunset: 5:47 pm
  • High tide at 5:36 am & 5:55 pm | Low tide at 12:03 pm and 11:50 pm
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 26 days, 12% lighting

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

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

  • 6:30 pm – Newport City Council meeting.

The Latest WUN Headlines

The Nitro Bar is opening a second location in Newport

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Two new exhibitions open at Newport Art Museum

Newport Festivals Foundation announces instrument bell cover donations

Hidden Newport: Newport String Project brings virtual concert series to Seamen’s Church Institute

All-electronic tolling pilot program on Newport Pell Bridge ends Sunday

Rumford Pet Express acquires Pet Value stores; opens in Middletown, Barrington, Cumberland, and Wakefield

Governor McKee announces COVID-19 vaccination plan for teachers, school staff, and child care workers

Newport City Council to meet for COVID-19 Crisis Update on Thursday

Offshore wind project off Martha’s Vineyard is one step closer to approval

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Hard to believe it, but What’s Up Newp turns 9 years old on Friday. To think of what we started as, and why, to what we are today is just remarkable. I’m sure I’ll have more to say on Friday but thank you to all of our readers and advertisers for their ongoing support. You all truly do make our locally owned, independent newsroom possible!

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.