Good Morning & Happy April!

First off, just a reminder that today is April 1, a.k.a. April Fools’ Day. Be careful of the pranks out there.

>> In a non-joking matter, today (4/01) is 401Gives Day. 401Gives is Rhode Island’s statewide day of giving and the goal today is to raise at least $1.5 million for nonprofits across the state. As of 6:50 am, more than 2,260 donors have already raised more than $512,000 for 353 organizations across the state. Visit today to support your favorite and/or a local nonprofit.

Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, will join What’s Up Newp for a live virtual video conversation today at noon to talk about and to give an update on 401Gives. Watch here.

>> Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host their weekly COVID-19 press briefing today at 1 pm. Watch it live on our website as it happens.

>> Re-Opening Today – Surf Club, Frosty Freez, the Ice Cream Shop at Anna D’s, and the International Tennis Hall Of Fame.

>> Newport Daffodil Days “month” kicks off today. Details here.

>> Easter is this Sunday. If you’re looking to dine-out or grab take-out for Easter Brunch or Dinner, here’s a look at what restaurants are offering – Newport County restaurants serving up Easter brunch, dinner on April 4

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Thursday, April 1

~ Happy Birthday today to Kara Montalbano, Ethan Leary, Brian Cunha, Jenn Crellin, and Scott Williams!

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Weather Forecast

  • Today – A chance of showers between 10am and 3pm. Patchy dense fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 52. South wind 8 to 16 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. North wind 14 to 16 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory until April 1, 04:00 PM EDT
  • Today – W wind 7 to 10 kt becoming NNW 11 to 14 kt in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Patchy dense fog before 11am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – NNW wind 12 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 42°F

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:27 am | Sunset: 7:11 pm | 12 hours and 44 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:30 am & 11:58 pm | Low tide at 4:49 am and 4:42 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 19 days, 85% lighting.

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).