Rise & Shine! Your Newport County guide for March 9

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Rise & Shine! I’m Scott Barrett, digital editor for The Daily News, and today is March 9, the 68th day of the year — 297 days remain in 2022. On this day in 1959, the first Barbie was displayed at the American Toy Fair in New York City. The 11-inch doll was developed by Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945.

Here & Now

• Gov. Dan McKee is scheduled to make a couple of stops in Newport on Thursday. From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Wayfinder Hotel, he'll speak at a forum hosted by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, discussing his fiscal budget proposal and policy agenda with the local business community. Learn more here.

From there, McKee will shuffle off to the Redwood Library, where at 10 a.m. he'll tour the nation’s oldest library and deliver brief remarks as the institution announces plans to celebrate its 275th anniversary.

• According to the National Weather Service, Newport County could get up to 3 inches of snow today, with precipitation starting this morning, but it is not expected to accumulate on roadways. Learn more here.

• Short-term rentals, or better yet "guest houses," was the topic du jour when the Newport Planning Board on Monday. Instead of approving the City Council’s proposed zoning restrictions, the panel recommended the city reevaluate the zoning entirely. Read more from reporter Savana Dunning here.

• And if you can't get enough short-term rental talk, the issue appears on the docket for tonight's Newport City Council meeting. Find the full agenda below.

• A Middletown Town Councilor’s proposal for a flat fee for visitors staying in hotels, motels and short-term rentals — to help fund school building repairs — fell flat during Monday night's meeting. Reporter Laura Damon has the story.

• Highlighted by a quintet of million-dollar properties, the latest home sales and real estate transactions in Newport County here.

• The Newport Photo Guild is hosting an event titled "Creating Books from Your Photos" tonight at the Edward King House in Newport. It begins at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

• Upstate, the Bryant University qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history Tuesday night despite an ugly incident in the stands involving fans in the waning minutes of the game.

• Former Rogers High School Principal Patti DiCenso, who left her post in Newport for a position with the Pawtucket School Department, now has a new gig — head of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. Gov. Dan McKee's office made the announcement Wednesday.

• From the inbox: According to a recent study, Rhode Island ranks last among New England states on a list of "best states to live in" that compares these key metrics — affordability, crime and safety, economy, education, healthcare, infrastructure, opportunity and quality of life. The good news? We're still in the top half at No. 23. Check out the state-by-state list and the criteria here.

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Born today

Emmanuel Lewis (actor), 51

Brian Bosworth (athlete), 57

Kato Kaelin (personality), 63

Linda Fiorentino (actress), 64

Weather report

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Low tides: 5:43 a.m., 5:31 p.m.

High tides: 12:14 a.m., 12:39 p.m.

Sunrise: 6:05 a.m. Sunset: 5:46 p.m.

Water temperature: 40.0 degrees.

Municipal meetings

Newport

Cemetery Advisory Commission, 4 p.m.

School Committee — Policy Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m.

City Council, 6:30 p.m.

Middletown

School Committee, 3:30 p.m.

Planning Board, 6 p.m.

Portsmouth

Prevention Coalition, 8:30 a.m.

School Committee — Negotiations Subcommittee, 4 p.m.

Planning Board, 7 p.m.

Solid Waste/Recycling Committee, 7 p.m.

Tiverton

Open Space Commission, 6 p.m.

Cemetery Commission, 7 p.m.

Local obituaries

Mary (Virgadaomo) De Leiris

Abundio B. 'Jun' Sanchez Jr.

Today is …

National Crab Meat Day

National False Teeth Day

National Get Over It Day

Trivia answer

Q: In October 1993, this Newport church became the first congregation in Rhode Island to be "open and affirming," formally declaring people of all sexual orientations were welcome as church members. Name the church.

A: Newport Congregational Church. I should have offered a hint in saying it wasn't Channing Memorial Church, because that's what the vast majority of you answered. The only two people to get it right were Mike Murphy and M. Francis Ferris. Kudos!

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

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