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>> Governor McKee will announce his Lt. Governor nominee this morning at 10 am. According to multiple media reports, McKee plans to nominate Providence City Council President Sabina Matos.

>> As Women’s History Month ends, we continue to recognize the incredible contributions by so many Rhode Island women in every aspect of our lives. Today, we want to mention several women who have been remarkable in what they’ve accomplished. This is just a small sampling of the remarkable women that have called Rhode Island home. [Story]

>> Where were you during the flood of 2010? It was 11 years ago today that flooding crippled parts of the state and shut down the Warwick Mall and other businesses for months. [Story]

>> 401Gives, Rhode Island’s statewide day of giving, is tomorrow! Yesterday we had the chance to have a conversation with Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) about 401Gives and the ongoing work at the MLK Center. [Watch Interview]

>> Speaking of the MLK Center, throughout April The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce will run its annual Ton of Love food drive to benefit the food pantry at the MLK Center. [Story]

>> Newport City Council will host a workshop this evening at 5 pm for the purpose of discussing food trucks in the city. [Story]

Have a good Wednesday,

~ Ryan

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Wednesday, March 31

~ Happy Birthday today to Jamie Lehane, Steven Rodrigues, Bill Willis, Lawrence Hawkins, Allie Mosher, and Don Farias!

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Weather Forecast

  • Today – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
  • Tonight – Rain before 2 am, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm between 2 am and 3 am, then rain after 3 am. Patchy dense fog after 9 pm. Low around 47. South wind 11 to 16 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory in effect from March 31, 10:00 AM EDT until March 31, 10:00 PM EDT
  • Today – S wind 9 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. A slight chance of rain after 5 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – S wind 10 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Rain before 2 am, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm between 2 am and 3 am, then rain after 3 am. Patchy dense fog after 9 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 41°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:28 am | Sunset: 7:10 pm | 12 hours and 42 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 10:36 am & 11:02 pm | Low tide at 4:01 am and 3:58 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 17 days, 92% lighting.

Things To Do

  • Nothing scheduled

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.