Newport RI. - Queen Anne Square in spring with a rainbow over Trinity Church

Good Morning, today is Friday, July 8.

🌊 On this day in 1663, 27 years after Roger Williams arrived in the colony, King Charles II gave Rhode Island its first royal charter.

🌊 On The Move: The Food Shack (formerly Flat Waves) is now open and serving up tacos, açaĂ­ bowls, and more at its new home at 499 East Main Road (formerly Plumby’s).

🌊 The Newport Hellenic Festival returns next week to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine, music, and dancing. Friday, July 15 from 4 pm to 12 am, Saturday, July 16 from 12 pm to 12 am, and Sunday, July 17 from 12 pm to 6 pm.

🌊 Are you curious to learn more about school regionalization? Do you want to have your voice heard? The Middletown-Newport Public Schools Regionalization group will be hosting a trio of public meetings later this month.

🌊 According to The Weather Channel: This morning at 7:15 am ET, 99% of the world’s population will have something in common: We’ll all be on the side of the earth facing the sun, meaning all of us will be experience some degree of sunlight at the same time – daylight or twilight. 

🌊 WUN’s Frank Prosnitz with a look at some of the top political stories of the moment – Election 2022: Magaziner supports windfall oil company profits tax, Gorbea’s new tv ad and UFCW endorsement, Middletown candidate drops out

What’s Up Today


  • Today: A slight chance of showers after 3 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 67. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight.
  • Tomorrow: Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
  • Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 6 to 11 kt in the morning. A slight chance of showers after 3 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: SSW wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. A slight chance of showers after 5 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 64°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:19 am | Sunset: 8:20 pm | 14 hours & 43 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 2:53 am & 3:31 pm | Low tide at 8:29 am & 9:47 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 8.3 days, 60% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • @ The Deck: The Complaints at 9 pm
  • Bar & Board: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: Live music at 6:30 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Live music at 9 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: The Naticks 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 4 pm & 7:30 pm
  • King Park: Waterfront Concert Series featuring James Montgomery + All Star Blues Band from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Jake Kulak Band at 4:30 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Neal & The Vipers from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Chopville at 9 pm
  • Newport Classical: Opening Night: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Chad Hoopes at The Breakers at 8 pm
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary: Summer Outdoor Concert Series Featuring: Mark Erelli at 7 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: John Erikson at 4:30 pm, DJ Remedy (video DJ) from 10 pm to close
  • One Pelham East: Jimmy Weinstock from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, live music at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Speakeasy: Justin Pomfret at 10 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

  • No public meetings are scheduled.

Summer Sipping

The Latest from WUN

Election 2022: Magaziner supports windfall oil company profits tax, Gorbea’s new tv ad and UFCW endorsement, Middletown candidate drops out

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After a two-year hiatus, Miantonomi Community Farmers Market returns on July 11

What’s Up this weekend in Newport: July 8 – 10

City of Newport advising water customers of delayed billing

RIDOH, DEM recommends avoiding contact with Lower Melville Pond due to blue-green algae

295-foot Tall Ship Barque EAGLE will stop in Newport in September

Local Obituaries

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Further Reading

We’ll See You Out There

Rainbow over Trinity Church and Queen Anne Square. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist and available in a variety of styles and available online here or at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street, Newport.

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