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Good Morning, today is Friday, June 3, 2022.

🌊 Newport Pride will host a Pride Flag raising at Newport City Hall at 5 pm today, with a post-celebration at Tavern on Broadway.

🌊 Newport Classical with present Daniel del Pino at 7:30 pm this evening in the Recital Hall at Emmanuel Church.

🌊 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the COVID-19 community levels for Rhode Island’s counties. The one area that had been designated as “high” – Newport County is now considered “medium.” All other areas in Rhode Island – Bristol County, Kent County, Providence County, and Washington County remain at “medium”.

🌊 A full roundup of all that’s happening, new, and to do in and around Newport this weekend can be found here. Because we don’t just mention or include venues or events that advertise with us (a.k.a. “pay to play”), we’re proud to say that we have the most comprehensive and complete listings and events roundup out there.

🌊 The annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, a joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, encourages excellence in historic preservation by recognizing exemplary preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects as well as education and advocacy initiatives that have taken place throughout Aquidneck Island. This year’s deadline has been extended to June 6, 2022.

🌊 ICYMI: Mozz will be opening on June 11 in Bellevue Gardens. The promise Artisan Italian Cheeses & Breads crafted daily and more.

🌊 newportFILM and 11th Hour Racing will present Under The Hull at Fort Adams at 8:30 pm on June 15. RSVP / More Info

🌊 Here’s your opportunity to enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation with Julian Fellowes, the Oscar and Emmy-winning writer, director, producer, novelist, and actor who created The Gilded Age and Downton Abbey.

🌊 The Wayfinder shared on its website that “due to the extent of the damage from the fire, we are unfortunately forced to close The Wayfinder Hotel + Nomi Park until further notice”. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Showers likely, mainly before 10 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight – A slight chance of showers before 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – NE wind around 6 kt. Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers before midnight. Patchy fog between 2am and 3am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 59°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:12 am | Sunset: 8:14 pm | 15 hours & 2 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:19 am & 11:24 pm | Low tide at 4:40 am & 4:24 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 3.2 days, 11% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Bar & Board:  Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Live music at 6:30 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Emmanuel Church: Daniel del Pino – Newport Classical Chamber Series at 7:30 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Butch McCarthy & Steve Mazza from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Scott Baer from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Downton Abbey 2: A New Era at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • La Forge:  Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: Mike Wendoloski at 1 pm, Chelly Knight at 4:30 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Steve Smith & The Nakeds from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Never In Vegas at 9 pm
  • One Pelham East: Jimmy Weinstock from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, The Naticks at 8 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy:  Live music at 10 pm
  • Surf Club: Justin Pomfret at 9 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • The Reef: Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Governor Dan McKee

11 am – Governor McKee will join U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti, and state and local officials at Anchor Nissan/Subaru Employee Parking Lot in North Smithfield for a groundbreaking to kick off RIDOT’s 2022 construction season.

1 pm – Governor McKee will join USDA Under Secretary Jenny Moffitt at Farm Fresh Rhode Island in Providence to announce funding to increase access to locally produced food and improve supply chain resiliency by building supplier partnerships between local and regional farmers and underserved producers and underserved communities.

1:45 pm – Governor McKee will offer congratulations and well wishes at the State House to runners participating in the Special Olympics RI’s Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Special Olympics athletes participating in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

2:30 pm – Governor McKee will host a proclamation signing at the State House recognizing June 3 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Rhode Island.

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General Assembly

Rep. June Speakman; Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi;House approves affordable housing bills
Sen. Hanna Gallo;Senate approves Gallo bills boosting education, labor
Sen. Joshua Miller;Senate votes to authorize community behavioral health clinics
Rep. Terri Cortvriend;House approves bill to clarify public shoreline access
Sen. Bridget G. Valverde;Senate passes Valverde bill to help address social worker shortage
Rep. Lauren H. Carson;House OKs Carson bill to support environmental justice in implementation of Act on Climate
Sen. Michael McCaffrey;Senate approves Leader McCaffrey’s legislation to increase penalties for wage theft, employee misclassification
Sen. Jonathon Acosta;Senate passes Acosta’s bill implementing appropriate disability language in state laws
Sen. Louis DiPalma;Senate passes DiPalma’s bill to study RI Board of Education
Sen. Sandra Cano;Senate passes Cano’s bill requiring school resource officer data report
Rep. William O’Brien;House passes Rep. O’Brien’s bill providing consumer protection for eye care services

We’ll See You Out There

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He 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.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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

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

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.