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Good Morning, today is Friday, June 10

🌊 The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal said an electrical panel was a factor in a fire at a Days Inn hotel in Middletown, WJAR reports. WJAR also reports that the cause of the fire at The Wayfinder hotel in Newport is still under investigation.

🌊 Are you a fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast? Listen closely for a What’s Up Newp mention in Episode 328 when they discuss the death of socialite Sunny von Bülow.

🌊 The Black Ships Festival returns to Bristol and Newport this weekend. Don’t miss the Sushi Sake Sail’s aboard Aurora today at 12 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Calendar of Events

🌊 The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Almy Pond in Newport due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals.

🌊 This is our regular column that wraps up some of the top political stories of the moment – Election 2022: Candidates take to social media, advocating for labor, school choice, and the LGBTQ+ community

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.
  • Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light west after midnight.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – W wind 8 to 13 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 60°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:11 am | Sunset: 8:19 pm | 15 hours & 8 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 4:25 am & 5:04 pm | Low tide at 10:12 am & 11:15 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 9.8 days, 74% lighting.

Happening Today

39th Annual Black Ships Festival to take place June 10 – 12

Pell Bridge ramps construction site tour that was scheduled for Friday has been canceled

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
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Phenix Avenue from 6 pm to 9 pm, The Race To Alaska at 7:30 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Downton Abbey 2: A New Era at 4:30 pm
  • La Forge:  Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: Timeless at 1 pm, Dave Alves Band at 4:30 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Eddy’s Shoe from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Never In Vegas at 9 pm
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary: Kyshona at 7 pm
  • Officers Club Deck: The Naticks at 5:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Jimmy Weinstock from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Live music at 8 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Rejects Beer Co: Comedy night featuring Andrew Kim at 8 pm
  • Speakeasy:  Justin Pomfret at 10 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

  • No scheduled meetings.

Governor Dan McKee

At 6 pm, Governor McKee will give remarks at the Rhode Island Day of Portugal State House ceremony.

The Latest from WUN

Archi-TEXT: The Samuel Tilton House by McKim Mead & White (1881)

Ohtani carries Angels past Boston, ending LA’s 14-game skid

52nd Newport Bermuda Race to be final hurrah for Stan & Sally Honey on ‘Illusion’

3 gun reform bills clear a key committee in Rhode Island

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County to host Raise Up the Arts reception on June 21

Assembly approves Sen. Felag and Rep. Edwards’ legislation creating a ‘U.S. Bronze Star Medal’ license plate

RIDOH, DEM recommends avoiding contact with Almy Pond

How gas prices have changed in every state in 2022

Six Picks Events: What’s Up in RI this weekend (June 10-12)

What’s Up This Weekend: June 10 – 12

Local Obituaries

Obituary: Lawrence A. Harrop

Obituary: Deborah Sweat

Obituary: Amy Elizabeth McLaughlin

Further Reading

URI Today – URI students, faculty member win grants to study foreign languages abroad

Salve Today – Cady appointed director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life

We’ll See You Out There

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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

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.

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

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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