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>> Round of applause all around. In the last 24 hours, 401Gives raised $2,162,965 for 420 organizations across the state! Some of the biggest fundraisers in Newport County included the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (more than $75,000), Newport County YMCA (more than $14,000), and Lucy’s Hearth (more than $12,000). Check out how your favorite local nonprofits did at

>> 12,000 additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be posted on today at 5 pm. This is the largest batch of vaccine appointments in Rhode Island to date. The vaccine is currently available statewide for people who are 60 to 64, people who are 16 to 64 with certain underlying health conditions, and people who were previously eligible in Phase 1. 

>> On Monday, people 50 to 59 years of age will be eligible to register to get vaccinated at vaccination sites in Rhode Island.

>> Governor Dan McKee yesterday announced plans for a new rental assistance program for eligible Rhode Island renters struggling to pay their rent or utilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Story

>> Island Cinemas reopens today. Story

>> This Day in History: Musician Leon Wilkeson was born on March 2, 1952, in Newport. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and went on to become the main bass player in the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s, the heydey of the band. Story

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Friday, April 2, 2021

~ Happy Birthday today to Deborah Ruggiero and Courtney van Beuren!

Weather Forecast

  • Today – Increasing clouds, with a high near 43. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – NW wind 8 to 11 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Increasing clouds. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – NNW wind around 9 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 43°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:25 am | Sunset: 7:12 pm | 12 hours and 47 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:27 pm | Low tide at 5:42 am and 5:30 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 20 days, 76% lighting.

Things To Do

  • Nothing scheduled

Live Music & Entertainment

  • 6 pm to 9 pm – Somethin’ Else at Localz in Tiverton
  • 8 pm to 12 am – Ryan McHugh at One Pelham East
  • 9 pm to 12 am – Chopville at Newport Blues Cafe

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

  • Nothing scheduled

The Latest Headlines on

This Day in RI History: April 2, 1952, Leon Wilkeson is born in Newport

Governor McKee, RIDOH announce 12,000 additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments to be posted on Friday

Governor McKee launches new Rental Assistance Program

Watch: Governor McKee, RIDOH host weekly COVID-19 briefing

WATCH: A conversation with Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island

DEM, partners providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island residents this spring

What’s Up in Newport County this weekend: April 2 – 4

La Farge Perry House on Kay Street sells for $2.2 million

401Gives has already raised more than $780,000, more than halfway to the goal of raising $1.5 million today for 400+ local nonprofits

What’s Up in Newport County today: Thursday, April 1

Opinion: Don’t demolish the Portsmouth Senior Center

The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?

Citizen scientists count 357 seals in Narragansett Bay during Save The Bay’s annual Bay-Wide Seal Count

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