Cardines Field Newport Aerial by Alexander Nesbitt. Available from the artist here and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

Good Morning, today is Wednesday, July 13.

🌊 After more than twenty years, Kate Leonard isn’t running for re-election on Newport City Council Ward 3. She shares why here.

🌊 Xaykham Rexford Khamsyvoravong, “Xay” (pronounced “Sigh”) for short, is among the ten candidates running for Newport City Council At-Large. Xay shared with us why he’s running for office.

🌊 Candidates for local and statewide offices have until the end of the day on July 15 to collect the required signatures needed. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any other shakeups. Follow our Election 2022 coverage for the latest.

🌊 Speaking of Newport City Council, they have a Regular Meeting tonight. Here’s what’s on the docket.

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🌊 The tournament’s early rounds continue with 8 single matches and 3 double matches at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open today. Gates open at 10 am and tennis begins at 11 am. Tickets & More Info

🌊 Governor Dan McKee will throw out the first pitch at the game at Cardines Field tonight, which is Military Appreciation Night. The first pitch is at 6:35 pm.

🌊 Bob Woodward will deliver the John J. Slocum, Jr. Memorial Lecture at Redwood Library this evening.

🌊 Fort Adams Trust will host Music At The Fort this evening from 6 pm to 10 pm, featuring the Rhode Island Alumni Stage Band. Formed in the 1960s, the band, which has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival seven times, is a 17-piece collection of New England’s finest musicians and educators who will reunite for an evening of big band jazz. Food and drink vendors on site. Free.

🌊 Salve Regina University, in partnership with Innovate Newport, is hosting a 3-day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp starting Aug. 5, on-campus housing is available. Register by the July 22 deadline. Learn More

What’s Up for Weather


  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Tomorrow: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Tomorrow Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSW 5 to 9 kt in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 68°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:23 am | Sunset: 8:18 pm | 14 hours & 55 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 7:59 am & 8:26 pm | Low tide at 1:43 am & 1:19 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 13.9 days, 99% lighting.

What’s Up Today

Things To Do


  • Celtica: Team Trivia at 7:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub: Trivia at 9 pm
  • Fort Adams: Music At The Fort featuring Rhode Island Youth Stage Band from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Elvis at 4 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Dan Decristofaro at 1 pm, The Naticks at 4:30 pm, John Erikson at 8 pm
  • Newport Classical: Classical Contemporaries: Later Years at 11 am at The Breakers, Dmitry Masleev at 8 pm at The Breakers
  • Newport Vineyards: The Van Pelt Duo from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: Eoin Egan live on the patio from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Perro Salado: The Z-Boys from 9 pm to 12 am
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Andre Arsenault from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Rusty’s: Karaoke from 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Sardella’s: Live Jazz at 7 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre: Family-Friendly Funnies with the Bit Players at 7 pm
  • Top Of Pelham: Dueling Pianos: Free Wednesday show with Davina Yanetty & Mike Brown at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government

What’s Up Headlines

Xay Khamsyvoravon shares why he’s running for Newport City Council

This Day in RI History: July 13, 1948 – US Congressman and Bryant University President Ron Machtley is born

Kathryn Leonard won’t seek re-election on Newport City Council

Gulls dominate in game 2, split doublheader with SteepleCats

Sale works 5 scoreless in debut, Red Sox lose 3-2 to Rays

Outdoor concert series at Lippitt House Museum returns on August 14 and 21

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Tony Award-Winning Cinderella opens at Theatre By The Sea on July 20

Little Compton Historical Society to host gravestone cleaning on the Commons this Thursday

Coventry man who tried to kill police gets lengthy prison sentence

Review: ‘Helltown’ shines light on Cape Cod serial killer

The Youth Shall Inherit the Helm at 2022 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex

Local Obituaries

What’s Up Elsewhere

DVIDS: NUWC Division Newport hosts Naval Engineering Education Consortium students, faculty for annual meeting

WPRI: Andy Murray dominates in return to Newport

ABC 6: Portsmouth Town Council votes to rescind approval of Flock cameras

Summer Sipping

We’ll See You Out There

Cardines Field Newport Aerial by Alexander Nesbitt. Available from the artist here and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

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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.

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