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>> Governor McKee will visit the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the former Benny’s in Middletown at 1:30 pm today.

>> The City of Newport’s Department of Utilities’ contractor Hartford Paving will begin construction of necessary Stormwater Infrastructure improvements in the parking stall area of Thames Street from Cotton Court to Mill Street in the vicinity of Queen Anne Square, beginning on Monday, April 5th. The improvements, which consist of replacing multiple catch basins, drain manholes and associated Storm Drain piping, are expected to be complete by May 14th.

During construction, motorists are advised to seek an alternate route, with traffic patterns returning to normal at the end of each work day. Parking in the active construction area will be prohibited. Trash pick-up and mail/package deliveries to this area will not be interrupted and local resident, business and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

>> If you’re still looking for some Easter dining options, try here – Newport County restaurants serving up Easter brunch, dinner on April 4

>> Voting in Rhode Island Month’s Best of Rhode Island has begun. Be sure to vote for your favorite local and statewide business, they could sure use the support and accolades after the year that was! Don’t forget to consider us for Best Local News Blog – Statewide, we’ve had the honor of winning the last three years and would be honored to win again. Vote at

>> If you’re currently looking for a job, don’t miss Newport Vineyards Job Fair today!

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Saturday, April 3 & Sunday, April 4

~ Happy Birthday today to Sabrina Messmer, Jody Vento, and Michael Coffey!

~ Happy Birthday on Sunday to Dan Blakeslee, Gail Alofsin, and Tim Murphy!

Weather Forecast

  • Special Weather Statement
  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
  • Tonight – Clear, with a low around 31. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the evening.
  • Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Sunday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – NNW wind 8 to 10 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – WSW wind 5 to 9 kt becoming NW in the evening. Clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming W 5 to 9 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Sunday Night – NW wind 10 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 23 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 42°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide


  • Sunrise: 6:23 am | Sunset: 7:13 pm | 12 hours and 50 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:57 am & 1:27 pm | Low tide at 6:53 am and 6:28 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 21 days, 65% lighting.


  • Sunrise: 6:22 am | Sunset: 7:14 pm | 12 hours and 52 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 1:59 am & 2:29 pm | Low tide at 9:02 am and 7:52 pm.
  • Moon: Last Quarter Moon, 22 days, 54% lighting.

Things To Do



Live Music & Entertainment


  • 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Timmy Smith at One Pelham East
  • 8:30 pm to 12 am – Sugarbabies at One Pelham East


  • Nothing scheduled

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

All Weekend

City & Government

All Weekend

  • Nothing scheduled

The Latest Headlines on

Sen. DiPalma’s legislation that protects families with parents that have disabilities passes Senate

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Lucy’s Hearth raises $12,850 during 401Gives

Home on Anthony Road in Common Fence Point sells for $1.65 million

401Gives exceeds expectations, raises $2.2 million for local nonprofits

‘Stone Ledge’ on Indian Avenue in Portsmouth sells for $3.223 million

Bandcamp Friday: Here’s how to support local musicians

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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.

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