Rise & Shine! I’m Scott Barrett, digital editor for The Daily News, and today is Jan. 7, the seventh day of the year — 358 days remain in 2022. On this day in 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held as voters chose the electors, who a month later, on Feb. 4, tabbed George Washington to lead the country. It was the start of the Electoral College, which is still in use today.
Here & Now
• In the past few weeks, we've reported about the closings of some popular Newport spots — Salvation Cafe and the Coffee Grinder. Those stories drew a lot of attention, and it gave longtime customers a chance to stop in one last time to say goodbye.
Another well-liked eatery quietly closed its doors on Jan. 1 with little fanfare. Geremie and Jeff Callaghan have operated Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen on Bowen's Wharf since 2007, though when their landlord approached them with long-term lease extension, they balked and ultimately decided to move on.
Reporter Savana Dunning caught up with Jeff Callaghan to talk about the reasons behind their decision, and she writes about what's being planned to fill that space. Read her story right now on NewportRI.com.
• It'll be a distance learning day for all public school students in Newport County as the first snowstorm of the year makes its way to the area. Up to 8 inches of snow is possible, and the morning commute could be messy as the storm is expected to arrive between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday.
Gov. Dan McKee is urging motorist to stay off roads. "If you need to be on the road, then I would ask that you take extreme caution and give yourself plenty of time," he said at a news conference Thursday. Find a list of parking bans, closures and other information here.
• I've been keeping track of town-by-town COVID case numbers in Newport County on a weekly basis since October 2020. They're all tucked away in an ever-growing Microsoft Word document on my desktop.
On Thursday morning, I went back to look when the county surpassed the 1,200-case mark. That was on Nov. 25, 2020, a little more than eight months after the start of the pandemic. Why did I do that? Because in the seven-day stretch from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, there were 1,215 new cases of the virus reported.
All six communities during that span reported single-week highs. Find the latest data from the state Department of Health here.
• Speaking of COVID, it's wreaking havoc on the local high school sports scene, while also causing some frustration. There's been missed games, depleted rosters and plenty of postponements. Sports reporter Steve Rogers has the story.
• Circling back to closures, in his weekly Spare Change column, Jim Gillis remembers the Blue Pelican, a unique music venue off Broadway in Newport that brought a drew a wide variety of acts — and some characters. Read his column here.
• From the inbox: CEOs make far more money than the average employee. Shocking, I know. But which companies have the largest average pay gap? According to a study from Business.org, that would be Amazon, Walmart and Nike. See other companies that made the list here.
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This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: Rise & Shine! Your Newport County guide for Jan. 7