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Good Morning, today is Tuesday, August 2.

🌊 Governor Dan McKee will be joined by local and statewide officials at the Florence Gray Center this morning as he announces the details of how Rhode Islanders can take advantage of the $250 per child tax rebate included in the FY 23 budget.

🌊 Sunday, July 31 concluded three days of fun in the sun at the historic Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. Post pandemic, the full return of the festival was well attended, selling out on Saturday with near sell-outs Friday and Sunday.

Read and see more of the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival;

🌊 Music On The Lawn, a free summer concert series, returns to The Church of St. John the Evangelist this evening from 6 pm to 8 pm with a performance by Doug Woolverton and The Groove Merchants.

🌊 The Community College of Rhode Island is hosting two Open Enrollment Days this week beginning today from 8 am­–12 pm at the Newport County Campus and continuing Wednesday, August 3 from 8 am–12 pm at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Open Enrollment Days offer those interested in attending CCRI the opportunity to apply for free, receive assistance with filing for financial aid, schedule or take the ACCUPLACER placement exam, and register for classes.

🌊 Portions of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay between Gould Island and Conanicut (Jamestown), and extending to Pell Newport Bridge, will be temporarily closed to vessel traffic on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. for the Save The Bay Swim. Vessel traffic may pass on the west side of Jamestown. Boaters with questions should contact Save The Bay at 401-272-3540 PRIOR to the event. 

What’s Up Today


  • Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 7 to 14 mph.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
  • Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: SSW wind 6 to 9 kt increasing to 9 to 12 kt in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SW wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 71°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:41 am | Sunset: 8 pm | 14 hours & 19 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:42 am & 11:53 pm | Low tide at 4:47 am & 5:05 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 3.9 days, 16% lighting.

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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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