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>> Beginning today, people age 50 to 59 can sign up to be vaccinated at pharmacies, and at local and regional vaccination sites. Starting today, they can also sign up for appointments at State-run sites on New appointments for State-run sites open every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every Friday at 5 p.m.

>> The Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight will be meeting virtually today at 5:30 p.m. to hear an overview and review of the Executive Orders issued as a result of and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee is chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton).

>> OK, admit it. During the biggest awards show, you always say to yourself, “I wish I had a chance to see those – they look interesting.”

Of course, we’re talking about Oscar-nominated “shorts,” those films that have all the cinematic beauty and emotional intensity of feature films, just shorter. Fear not, movie fans, we’ve found them all in one place, at a reasonable price, for your previewing pleasure.

Now you can be “in the know” in those early hours of the Academy Award broadcast, as Jane Pickens Theatre presents the “2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts” in its at home virtual cinema. Story

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Monday, April 5

~ Happy Birthday today to Newport Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Kelsey Collard, Tom Erb, Graham Mellor, Lauren Stevens, and Catherine Cloney!

Weather Forecast

  • Special Weather Statement
  • Today – Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory until April 5, 06:00 PM EDT
  • Today – NNW wind 14 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – NW wind 11 to 14 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 43°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:20 am | Sunset: 7:16 pm | 12 hours and 56 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 3:03 am & 3:34 pm | Low tide at 10:20 am and 10:16 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 23 days, 43% lighting.

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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.

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.

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