Foggy Morning, Newport Harbor. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles and available at blinkgalleryusa.com or at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

Good Morning, today is Friday, July 15.

🌊 On this day in 1876, Margaret Van Alen Bruguiére, also known as Daisy Van Alen, was born in Newport. While the name may not be familiar to many, the socialite, art collector, and philanthropist was considered by many during the 1940s, ’50s, and 60s as the leader of Newport’s social scene.

🌊 Tyler Romero shares with What’sUpNewp why he was running for Newport City Council At-Large, and why he’s now withdrawing from the race

🌊 The man found dead earlier this week off the coast of Newport in a kayaking incident has been identified as an East Providence man.

🌊 WUN’s Frank O’Donnell caught up Rus Anderson, star of The Rocket Man Show, which comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center this Saturday.

🌊 WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke to Michael Friedman, owner of Mulligan’s Island in Cranston, and Doug Woolverton, a member of Victor Wainright’s band, ahead of this weekend’s Rhode Island Blues Fest and Nashville RI Country Fest. Interview

🌊 The Newport Democratic City Committee has endorsed candidates for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, General Treasurer, and Attorney General.

🌊 The Newport Folk Festival is just one week away. The schedule and map have been released for the sold-out event and can now be found in the Newport Folk App.

🌊 There’s a new event coming to Newport in September – Newport Oktoberfest at Fort Adams on September 18.

🌊 Tournament Play begins today on the Center Court of the Infosys Hall Of Fame Open. One doubles semifinal will be followed by 2 singles quarterfinals. Tennis begins at 11 am. A recap of Thursday’s play can be found here.

🌊 Here’s what’s up this weekend – What’s Up This Weekend: July 15 – 17 and here’s a look ahead at what’s up for the rest of the month – What’s Up in Newport County: July 18 – 31.

🌊 What’sUpNewp will host a live virtual conversation with Newport Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano on July 20 at 12 pm and with Newport School Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain on July 27 at 1:30 pm. Have a question for either or both? Email them to us at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today: Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tonight: Patchy fog after 2 am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 64. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Tomorrow: Patchy fog before 7 am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
  • Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 8 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: S wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the evening. Patchy fog after 3 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 67°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:24 am | Sunset: 8:17 pm | 14 hours & 52 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 9:46 am & 10:12 pm | Low tide at 3:33 am & 3:18 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 16.2 days, 98% lighting.


Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Bar & Board: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: John & Joanne at 6:30 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Live music at 9 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Neal McCarthy Duo from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Gurney’s: DJ from 5 pm to 10 pm on The Firepit Deck
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham: Live music from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Elvis at 3 pm, The Godfather: Part II at 7 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: John Erikson at 1 pm, Mark Flynn at 4:30 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Dick Clarks from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Chopville at 9 pm
  • Newport Classical: Sunrise Concert with Harpist Emily Levin at 5:15 am at Chinese Tea House, Opera Night: La bohème at 8 pm at The Breakers
  • O’Brien’s Pub: John Erikson at 4:30 pm, DJ Remedy (video DJ) from 10 pm to close
  • Officer’s Club: Country Mile Band at 5:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Hit Play Band at 8:30 pm
  • Speakeasy: Live music at 10 pm
  • The Deck Restaurant & Bar: Michael Johnson Trio at 5 pm, DJ Gian at 9 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre:  Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott Duo from 2 pm to 5 pm, Eric Fontana from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm
  • Zelda’s: Randy Robbins from 9 pm to midnight

City & Government


Summer Sipping

The Latest from WUN

Tyler Romero shares why he was running for Newport City Council At-Large, and why he’s now withdrawing from the race

Bob Woodward delights the crowd at The Redwood Library & Athenæum

What’s Up Interview: Rus Anderson, starring in ‘The Rocket Man Show’ at PPAC Saturday July 16

On This Day In Newport History: July 15, 1876 – Margaret Van Alen BruguiĂ©re is born in Newport

Rays score five in 7th, beat Boston 5-4 for four-game sweep

RI Blues Fest Saturday, July 16 at Mulligan’s Island in Cranston, we speak with Doug Woolverton

Newport Mansions hosting fun family activities

Cranston man who helped torch Providence Police cruiser gets 3 years in jail

Victim identified in kayaking incident in Newport

Officials: drought worsening in southern New England

Rhode Island contractor who cheated IRS to spend weekends behind bars

Local Obituaries

Smoke House Banner

Further Reading

WPRI: Newport tourism booming despite inflation

ATP Tour: John Isner Reaches Newport SFs On Eighth Match Point

RI.Gov: RIDOH’s Monkeypox Task Force Taking Prevention and Control Measures

East Bay: No license plate readers on Mt. Hope Bridge after all

We’ll See You Out There

Foggy Morning, Newport Harbor. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles and available at blinkgalleryusa.com or at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

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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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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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