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Good Morning, today is Tuesday, May 24.

🌊 Newport Fire Department responded to The Wayfinder Hotel after receiving a call at approximately 8:05 pm last night. A four-alarm fire caused significant damage to the hotel. The incident has been developing overnight and we’re updating with the latest here – Newport Fire Department on the scene of a four-alarm fire at The Wayfinder Hotel

🌊 Rhode Island ratepayers should expect about $200 million in benefits under an agreement clearing the way for the state’s main electricity and gas provider to be sold to a Pennsylvania-based corporation, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. Read More

🌊 Last week was another busy week of homes swapping owners across Newport County. Tyler Bernadyn with a recap – What Sold: 20 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (May 16 – 20)

🌊 You will see a few familiar faces if you’re heading up to Fenway Park to catch the Red Sox take on the Orioles on Sunday. Newport Fire Department Honor Guard will be presenting colors. Read More

🌊 Newport Folk Festival made its 51st lineup announcement on Monday – Béla Fleck ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and more will perform on Friday, July 22. Keep up with the lineup announcements here.

🌊 Live music is returning to the Shops at Long Wharf this summer. Here’s the schedule.

🌊 In what Rhode Island PBS is calling a ‘lager than life’ film event, the newest Rhode Island PBS Original to come from the production studios at 50 Park Lane in Providence recounts the history of one of Rhode Island’s most famous icons. Hi-Neighbor! The Story of the Narragansett Brewing Company debuts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, on-air, online, as well as in person at the current site of the brewery at 271 Tockwotton Street in Providence. More Details

🌊 Representative Deb Ruggiero has launched her first television ad for Lt. Governor.


  • Today – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 9 mph.
  • Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. East wind 3 to 8 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of sprinkles after 2am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – ESE wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 55°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:18 am | Sunset: 8:07 pm | 14 hours & 48 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 3:39 am & 4:13 pm | Low tide at 10:20 am & 11:04 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 23.4 days, 36% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Celtica: Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Downton Abbey 2: A New Era at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Adam Hanna at 4 pm, John Erikson at 7:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe:  Trivia from 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Newport Craft: Trivia with Schae at 6 pm

City & Government

The Latest from WUN

Just My Opinion: Celebrating the Fourth of July safely

A U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study estimated that in 2019 there were an estimated 10,000 fireworks’ related injuries in which individuals were treated at hospital emergency rooms, nearly 75 percent from June 21 through July 21

Gulls edge Waves 2 – 1 in a pitching duel

In the second low-scoring affair between these two rivals this season, Newport (12-8) defeated Ocean State (9-13) winning its fourth in a row, and second in three matchups with the Waves.

British choir to perform at St. John’s on July 15

The Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County and the St. John’s Adult Choir will join the Christ’s  College Chapel Choir for Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, sung at the 2011  Royal Wedding.  

Bruins hire Montgomery as coach to replace Cassidy

The Boston Bruins have hired Jim Montgomery as their new coach, giving the hockey lifer another chance at an NHL head-coaching job less than three years since he lost his first one.

New exhibition at Isaac Bell House revisits the full-length portrait

Curated by Art&Newport’s founder and Artistic Director Dodie Kazanjian and internationally renowned art historian Alison Gingeras, this exhibition of 23 full-length portraits by contemporary artists offers a revisionist look at a pictorial genre formerly reserved for kings, nobles, popes, members of the royal court and clergy with great wealth and power.

Ida Lewis Distance Race pleases veterans and newcomers alike

Now that the Newport to Bermuda Race is in the history books, sailors are setting their sights on the next offshore racing opportunity, the Ida Lewis Distance Race presented by Bluenose Yacht Sales, scheduled to start on Friday, August 18.

Local Obituaries

What Else We’re Reading

General Assembly – House Judiciary Committee meets on Thursday to vote on amended shoreline access bill

RIDOH – J. M. Smucker Recalling Certain Jif Peanut Butter Products

URI Today – URI Free Farmer’s Market student project wins NACUFS gold award for sustainability in campus food service

Military Aerospace Electronics – Raytheon to help launch and recover counter-mine system that has imaging sonar and electro-optical sensors

ecoRI – Environmental Injustices Dumped on Two Providence Neighborhoods Illuminate Impacts of Structural Racism

Town of Middletown – “Making Middletown Marvelous” — Lois Murray

We’ll See You Out There

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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.

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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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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