Good Morning, today is Sunday, July 17.

🌊 On this day in 1954, the first Newport Jazz Festival was held.  The two-day event featured academic panel discussions and live music performances from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Konitz, Eddie Condon and many more.

🌊 Rock legend Todd Rundgren thrilled his fans in a sold-out show at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich Friday, July 15. WUN photographer Rick Farrell was there and shares some photos here.

🌊 On tap for the Infosys Hall Of Fame Open today are the Singles & Doubles Finals. Gates open at 11 am, the doubles final at 12 pm, and the singles final will take place not before 2:30 pm.

🌊 Today is the last day of the Hellenic Fest at St. Spyridon Church, it will be open from 12 pm to 6 pm.

🌊 On tap today for NIMFEST at King Park is Mel & The Unruly Roots and Brian Twohey. 3 pm to 6 pm.

🌊 The Newport International Polo Series 6th annual All Charity Day will be today at 5 pm, as a fun afternoon for supporters of dozens of 501-c-3 organizations to enjoy exciting polo action and a convivial outdoor experience to benefit local civic and charitable organizations.  

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Patchy fog before 8 am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
  • Tonight: Patchy fog after 2 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
  • Tomorrow: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5 pm. Patchy fog between noon and 4 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind 8 to 11 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Tomorrow Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 10 kt in the morning. Patchy fog before 8am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SSW wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Patchy fog after 2am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 69°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:26 am | Sunset: 8:15 pm | 14 hours & 49 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:34 am & 11:58 pm | Low tide at 5:01 am & 5:08 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 18.4 days, 85% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Blue Anchor Grill: Chris & Diane at 6:30 pm
  • Castle Hill Inn: Live Jazz Music from 11:30 am to 3 pm at the Terrace Bar
  • Clarke Cooke House:  Bobby Ferreira at 12:30 pm
  • Fastnet Irish Pub: Irish Sessions from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Fifth Element: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Keith J.G. McCurdy of Vudu Sister from 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Gurney’s: Future Phase Band from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Pineapple Club
  • Irish American Club: Karaoke at 9 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham:  Live music from 3 pm to 7 pm
  • King Park: Mel & The Unruly Roots, Brian Twohey from 3 pm to 6 pm
  • La Forge:  Dave Manuel from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Landing: Dave Alves at 1 pm, Jim Devlin at 4:30 pm, Timeless at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Mojo Rising from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Newport Classical: Festival Artists Finale at 3 pm at Emmanuel Church
  • O’Brien’s Pub: George Zecher on Steel Drums from 3 pm to 6 pm, Bingo inside at 7 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 5 pm
  • Pour Judgement: Los Duderinos at 10 pm
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk: Blues & Jazz music in the Wine Garden from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • The Deck Restaurant & Bar: Brian Scott at 7 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater: Chase Ceglie Jazz Quartet at 5 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott Duo from 1 pm to 4 pm, Collin Van Pelt from 4 pm to 7 pm

City & Government

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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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