Rise & Shine! Your Newport County guide for Jan. 24

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Rise & Shine! I’m Scott Barrett, digital editor for The Daily News, and today is Jan. 24, the 24th day of the year — 341 days remain in 2022. On this day in 1935, the New Jersey-based Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company, in a partnership with the American Can Company, introduced its beer in a tin can.

Here & Now

• The HBO drama series "The Gilded Age" debuts tonight at 9 p.m. Several locations in Newport — including a number of the mansions on Bellevue Avenue — were used for filming, so we have a little skin in the game here. In fact, one of episodes is titled "Tucked away in Newport."

Editor Will Richmond has put together a viewing guide that includes the show's stars, the plot, how you can watch it, how Newport is involved and what critics are saying. Check it out here.

• For close to two decades, town officials in Portsmouth have envisioned a walkable Town Center that would include a roundabout at the intersection of East Main Road and Turnpike Avenue in front of Clements' Marketplace.

Such a project took a step forward when the state Department of Transportation notified the town it would begin design work later this year. Also included is the repaving of East Main Road, all the way into Middletown. Reporter Sean Flynn has the details here.

• Speaking of DOT, it provided its roadwork schedule for the coming week in Newport County, which you can find here.

• Cut from his middle school basketball team, Tristan White didn't give up on the game he loves. He started working. Now a junior at Tiverton High, he's the leading scorer for the Tigers. Sports reporter Steve Rogers has the story.

• The Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight, chaired by local legislator Louis DiPalma, will meet virtually today at 5:30 p.m. for an overview of COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island. Members of the public can submit written testimony. Learn more here.

• Speaking of local lawmakers, they sat down (virtually) with members of the Newport City Council to discuss the legislative priorities for the city in 2022. The hot item? Broadband infrastructure across Aquidneck Island and what state Rep. Lauren Carson says is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity." Sean Flynn has the recap here.

• The Middletown Planning Board will meet tonight at 6 p.m., and the only item on the agenda is a public hearing on the proposed Newport National Club nine-hole course and associated clubhouse on Mitchell's Lane. Find login information below.

• The Portsmouth Town Council will meet tonight, and among the items on the agenda is a proposed tax break for eligible seniors. Find login information and the full agenda below.

• The Tiverton Town Council will meet tonight, and among the items on the agenda is the impending closure of the town landfill. Find the full agenda and login information below.

• As someone who thumbs through the obituaries on a daily basis, I notice things from time to time. Today, as you'll see below, a husband and wife — Thomas and Joan Haufe of Portsmouth — died two days apart earlier this month after an astounding 72 years of marriage. Condolences to the family. Those are two people who truly loved one another.

• Correction: Newport native Kathy Robbins, who now lives Arizona, sent an email over the weekend informing me there indeed is a charge for vanity plates in the Grand Canyon State. How does she know? She has one. Thanks, Kathy!

• That was some weekend of football, no?

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Born today

Mischa Barton (actress), 36

Kristen Schaal (actress), 44

Ed Helms (actor), 48

Neil Diamond (musician), 81

Weather report


Low tides: 5:11 a.m., 5:25 p.m.

High tides: 12:08 p.m.

Sunrise: 7:02 a.m. Sunset: 4:52 p.m.

Water temperature: 42.8 degrees.

Municipal meetings


Energy and Environment Commission, 6 p.m.

Zoning Board of Review, 6:30 p.m.


Planning Board, 6 p.m.


School Committee — Capital Planning Subcommittee, 2 p.m.

Town Council, 7 p.m.


School Committee, 5 p.m.

Wastewater District, 5:30 p.m.

Housing Authority, 5:30 p.m.

Town Council, 7 p.m.

Local obituaries

Ernest Fougere

Joan Haufe

Thomas Haufe

Rosemary P. Page

Joseph Sullivan

Anderson (Andy) O'Day

Today is …

National Compliment Day

National Peanut Butter Day

National Just Do It Day

Where in Newport County?

St. John's Lodge No. 1 on Sprague Street in Portsmouth.
St. John's Lodge No. 1 on Sprague Street in Portsmouth.

The St. John's No. 1 Lodge in Portsmouth. Kudos to Robb Canning, Betty Walsh, Ann Arnold, Penny Fitch and Sue Kesson, all of whom correctly identified the spot. Others recognized the masonic symbol, but not the right building. Learn a little more about the lodge here.

Got a news tip, story idea or just want to drop me a line? Don't be a stranger. Send me an email at sbarrett@newportri.com.

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