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🥾 The Department of Environmental Management and America’s State Parks are inviting everyone to start the new year off enjoying time spent in nature, and tapping into the health benefits of being outdoors by joining a #FirstDayHike at Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown on Sunday. Read More

🏊 In yesterday’s poll, 84% of you said you won’t be taking a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. I’m with you.

❓ What do you think → What was the biggest local news story of the year?

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🚓 Tiverton Police has announced that the department will conduct sobriety patrols in honor of Tori Lynn Anderozzi on New Year’s Eve. Read More on ABC 6

🇺🇸 Portsmouth Police Department’s Honor Guard presented the colors before last night’s Boston Celtics Game versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

“Thank you to the @celtics for inviting our Honor Guard to present the colors before tonight’s game vs the @laclippers. A great opportunity and we’re extremely thankful!,” Portsmouth Police RI shared on Facebook.

As far as the game goes, the Celtics beat the Clippers 116-110.

Portsmouth Police Department at TD Garden. Photo Credit: Portsmouth Police RI

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What’s Up Today – Friday, December 30

☀️ Weather

  • Today: Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.
  • Tonight: Patchy fog after 11 pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
  • Tomorrow: A chance of rain, mainly after 1 pm. Patchy fog before 9 am, then patchy fog after 11 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Southwest wind is around 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tomorrow Night: Rain. Patchy fog. Low around 50. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • 7-Day Weather forecast for Newport County | 3-day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island

🛥️ Marine Forecast

  • Today: SW wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SW wind 7 to 9 kt. Patchy fog after 11 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tomorrow: SW wind around 6 kt becoming S in the afternoon. A chance of rain, mainly after 1 pm. Patchy fog before 9 am, then Patchy fog after 11 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tomorrow Night: SSW wind 5 to 7 kt. Rain. Patchy fog. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 43°F.

🌊 Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:24 pm | 9 hours and 12 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 1:16 am & 1:39 pm | Low tide at 8:04 am & 7:47 pm.
  • Moon: First Quarter Moon. 7.3 days, 49% lighting.

🎭 Things To Do

🎶 Entertainment

  • Bar & Board: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio at 6:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Steve Rodrigues at 6 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music at 6 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Fabelmans at 4 pm & 7:30 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel at 6 pm
  • Localz Portsmouth: John Erikson at 6 pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Blockhead at 9:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Manatees at 8 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: The Pogs at 9 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: DJ Remedy (video DJ) at 10 pm
  • One Pelham East: Hit Play Duo at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy: Justin Pomfret at 10 pm
  • Stoneacre Garden: Mel at 8 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

🏛️ City & Government

  • No meetings are scheduled.
  • See the full list of public meetings in Rhode Island here.

On What’sUpNewp

📈 Thursday’s Most-Read

The following were the most-read What’sUpNewp stories on December 29.

  1. 350-year-old Grist Mill in Westport sells for $550,000
  2. Newport County real estate transactions for the week ending Dec. 24
  3. What’s Up on New Year’s Eve in Newport
  4. Recreational advisories lifted at several Rhode Island water bodies due to decreased Blue-Green Algae
  5. Maximum vehicle weight on Mount Hope Bridge reduced to 30 tons

🆕 The Latest

A roundup of all the latest What’sUpNewp headlines since Thursday’s newsletter.

3-day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island

7-Day Weather forecast for Newport County

Tatum, Brown score 29 each and Celtics beat Clippers 116-110

Providence defeats Butler 72-52

Best movies of 2022, according to film lovers

US Census Bureau redefines meaning of ‘urban’ America

Northwestern wins 5th straight, 63-58 over Brown

Recreational advisories lifted at several Rhode Island water bodies due to decreased Blue-Green Algae

What’s Up This Weekend: Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

Influential Supreme Court decisions decided by 1 vote

Maine gives Sugarloaf ski area permission for big expansion

Rhode Islanders invited to kick off the New Year with #FirstDayHike at Fort Wetherill State Park

Rhode Island General Assembly convenes for 2023 Session on Jan. 3

College scandal middleman blames ‘winning at all costs’

Rhode Island reaches settlement with voting machine vendor over primary election errors

Jobs projected to grow the most in the next decade

Middletown Town Council to discuss intersection improvement study, purchase of police cruisers, and more at Jan. 3 meeting

Police: Death of 3-year-old Maine girl ruled a homicide

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