Good Morning! Today’s newsletter is 977 words — a wicked good 5-minute read. 

🎉 Happy New Year to all of our readers! May this year be filled with health, happiness, and prosperity. May you all achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

✨ The Reef in Newport is offering an array of delicious events for the month of January. Read More – The Reef’s January Events: Something for everyone to enjoy

🏫 The Middletown School Committee and Middletown Public Schools Building Committee will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday to discuss the school building program in the town and related matters. Read More

🐻‍❄️ WJAR with a report on the Polar Plunge at Easton’s Beach → 19th annual Newport polar plunge donations will send two deserving kids to Disney

🦠 East Bay Community Action Program is among eight Rhode Island Community health centers are set to receive $2,086,664 in federal funding to increase access to vaccines and improve outreach to vulnerable communities. Read More

🚧 Beginning tomorrow, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will make a series of additional changes to ease congestion caused by the reconstruction of the Pell Bridge Ramps in Newport, in order to improve traffic flows through the project. Read The Full Story


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What’s Up Today

☀️ Weather

  • Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
  • Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 39. Calm wind.
  • Tomorrow: Rain likely, mainly after 5 pm. Patchy fog before 2 pm, then patchy fog after 4 pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 50. Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tomorrow Night: Rain, mainly before 10 pm. Patchy fog. Low around 48. Southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • 7-Day Weather forecast for Newport County | 3-day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island

🛥️ Marine Forecast

  • Today: W wind 5 to 7 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of rain after 5 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tomorrow: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 6 to 11 kt in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 kt. Rain is likely, mainly after 5 pm. Patchy fog between 9 am and 11 am, then Patchy fog between noon and 2 pm, then Patchy fog after 4 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tomorrow Night: SW wind 12 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 27 kt. Rain, mainly before 10 pm. Patchy fog. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 43°F.

🌊 Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 7:11 am | Sunset: 4:26 pm | 9 hours and 15 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 4:15 am & 4:36 pm | Low tide at 10:59 am & 9:54 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous. 10.2 days, 79% lighting.

🎭 Things To Do

  • No listings.
  • For more events and things to do, visit our events calendar.

🎶 Entertainment

  • The Fastnet Pub: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm
  • The Fifth Element: The Groove Merchants from 7 pm to 10 pm

🏛️ City & Government

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

On What’sUpNewp

📈 The Weekend’s Most-Read

The following were the most-read What’sUpNewp stories on December 31 and January 1.

  1. Ranking: Jamestown has the most expensive homes in Newport County
  2. Rhode Island Community Health Centers to receive $2 million for COVID-19 vaccinations
  3. Road Report: Schedule of lane closures and road construction projects (Dec. 31 – Jan. 7)
  4. Three Rhode Island counties designated as ‘medium’, two as ‘high’ in weekly CDC COVID-19 report
  5. New traffic signals, patterns coming to several intersections around the Pell Bridge Ramps project on Jan. 3

🆕 The Latest

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

The Reef’s January Events: Something for everyone to enjoy

7-Day Weather forecast for Newport County

3-day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island

Jokic has triple-double, Nuggets top Celtics after rim delay

Carter scores 22, Providence beats DePaul 74-59

Dugger INT return helps lift Pats over fading Dolphins 23-21

Jerry Frear: Prioritize your life in 2023

Tuch’s 2nd goal gives Sabres 4-3 win in OT over Bruins

Reece has 18 in Duquesne’s 72-61 win against Rhode Island

Kenney puts up 29 as Bryant beats Binghamton 82-78

Dense Fog Advisory in effect for portions of Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts

Middletown Town Council, School Committee to discuss School Building Program at Jan. 4 meeting

Rhode Island Community Health Centers to receive $2 million for COVID-19 vaccinations

Taxes fall, wages rise and jaywalking OK’d by new state laws

Ranking: Jamestown has the most expensive homes in Newport County

Tradition of hiking in the new year reaches all 50 US states

Jay Flanders’ Tiny Kitchen Magic: A Recap of Delicious Dishes in 2022

The most-read What’sUpNewp stories in 2022

A look back at the musicians, artists, and entertainers What’sUpNewp interviewed in 2022

❤️ Recent Local Obituaries


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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  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...