What's Up Newp

 3,200 additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be posted on www.vaccinateRI.org this morning at 9 am. These appointments will be for the State-run site at Sockanosset Cross Road. These appointments are being released today, instead of on a Tuesday or a Friday because many are for tomorrow. [Story]

An exciting new in-person event is scheduled to begin at Roger Williams Park Zoo today and run through July 4. The Asian Lantern Spectacular will feature over 50 lantern displays, Asian cuisine, and a children’s area. [Story]

Walter Channing, an American physician, and professor of medicine, was born on this day in 1786 in Newport. Channing’s most significant contribution, and what he may be best known for, is his advocacy of anesthesia in childbirth and for being the first American physician (in 1847) to use anesthesia during childbirth. [Story]

Gerry Goldstein writes this week about “The shot heard round the world,“ Ernie Calverley’s unimaginable, 62-foot heave that led Rhode Island State College into an overtime win against Bowling Green at Madison Square Garden.  [Gerry Goldstein: Long ago, a buzzer-beater for the ages]


Yesterday we asked what restaurant week deals and menus that you were loving. Johnny’s at The Atlantic Resort, Salvation Cafe, and Brick Alley Pub were among the most popular answers. Reminder – Newport Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, details here.

Today we wonder, where is your favorite daffodil spot on Aquidneck Island? It can be a place you enjoy seeing them or visiting them. Hit reply and let us know.

“Take a seat and enjoy the view!!” Photo & Caption by: andrewj_brooks

What’s Up in Newport County Today

~ Happy Birthday today to Ronna Lowenstein, Harle Tinney, Thaddeus Wadsworth, and Melissa Kindness!

Weather Forecast

  • Today – Rain likely, mainly after 5 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – Rain. Low around 42. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Marine Forecast

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:04 am | Sunset: 7:26 pm | 13 hours and 22 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 10:46 am & 10:53 pm | Low tide at 4:08 am & 3:57 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 3 days, 8% lighting.

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room

City & Government

Around The News World

  • ‘We don’t want to lose anyone else’: The push for safety barriers on Rhode Island’s bridges [The Public’s Radio]
  • Newport psychologist arrested on charges of sexually abusing children as a priest in California [Boston Globe]
  • Doula bill to be heard during Black Maternal Health Week [General Assembly]
  • Spring dance concert will take place live in the Casino Theatre [SalveToday]
  • URI Theatre’s full stage production of ‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ to be streamed by hundreds of R.I. classrooms [URI Today]
  • Rhode Island AG Rebukes Jamestown CRMC Decision [EcoRI News]

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Ryan Belmore is the 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 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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.