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Good Morning, today is Wednesday, June 15.

🌊 We’ll check in with Newport Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano today at noon for our monthly virtual video conversation, looking for updates on proposed school regionalization with Middletown, charter revisions, and the summer season ahead. Read More/Watch/Participate

🌊 Newport will be able to establish a residential tax structure that encourages owner-occupied housing under legislation sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson and Sen. Dawn Euer and approved by the General Assembly yesterday. The bill now goes to the governor for consideration. Read More

 🌊 The Alzheimer’s Association RI chapter is inviting the public to attend two-no cost events – an in-person Newport County Community Forum and a virtual RI State House Advocacy Day.

The advocacy day will be a virtual event, held this Thursday, May 16 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. The community forum will be an in-person event with a continental breakfast, held this Friday, May 17 from 9:00 am – 10:15 am at the Edward King House Senior Center. Read More

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🌊 Today is the last day for hospitality employees to take advantage of free admission at the Newport Mansions. Read More

🌊 It will be a busy night at Fort Adams – Fort Adams Trust will host their first Music At The Fort with The Ravers from 6 pm and newportFILM will host a screening of Under The Hull. More details

🌊 As Pride Month continues, Newport Pride is gearing up for its annual celebration on the weekend of June 24-26. We caught up with event organizer and Managing Director of Newport Pride Sean O’Connor, to learn more about the festivities. Read More

🌊 Newport Out and Newport Pride are inviting the public to join them tonight from 7 pm-9 pm at Giusto in Newport for cocktails for a cause. Details

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Marine Forecast

  • Today –NNE wind around 10 kt becoming ENE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 63°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:10 am | Sunset: 8:21 pm | 15 hours & 10 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 9:08 am & 9:33 pm | Low tide at 2:50 am & 2:28 pm.
  • Moon: Full Moon, 15.4 days, 100% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Celtica: Team Trivia at 7:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub: Trivia at 9 pm
  • Fort Adams: Music at The Fort with The Ravers from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Downton Abbey 2: A New Era at 4:30 pm, One Ocean Film Tour 2022 Volume 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Landing: The Naticks at 4:30 pm, John Erikson at 8 pm
  • MLK Center: Chelley Knight and The Dope Things at 4:30 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe – Live music from 8 pm to 10:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Stoneacre Garden: Los Duderinos from 8:30 pm to 11 pm

City & Government

Governor Dan McKee

  • At 1 pm – Governor McKee will give remarks at the grand opening ribbon cutting for the Bristol Harbor Marina.

The Latest from WUN

Newport Mayor joins What’sUpNewp for a live virtual video conversation today at noon

Gulls demolish Sharks 17-1 for fifth straight win

Devers backs Pivetta’s strong start as Red Sox rout A’s 6-1

“Blue & You” Summer Speaker Series lineup announced 

Newport Flower Show returns to Rosecliff this weekend

House approves Ruggiero bill requiring 100% of RI’s electricity to be offset by renewable energy by 2033

Rhode Island General Assembly approves bill to provide tax relief to year-round Newport residents

FDA advisers back Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for older kids

What’s Up Interview, Newport Pride’s Sean O’Connor, Pride Weekend arrives June 24

Newport Folk Festival will host ‘For Pete’s Sake’ at The JPT on July 21

Newly constructed home on Bryer Avenue in Jamestown sells for $4.15 million

Amy Schumer bringing ‘Whore Tour’ to PPAC on October 2

Quinn, a 57-year-old dad, earns US Open start close to home

How to watch, how to follow the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race

Married Rhode Island couple dies in Massachusetts traffic crash

Local Obituaries

Further Reading

General Assembly – Assembly votes to raise age for gun, ammunition sales to 21 | Assembly approves large-capacity magazine ban

NUWC – 2021 Annual Overview highlights NUWC Division Newport’s mission, people

East Bay RI – License plate readers on bridge OK’d to aid in suicide prevention

We’ll See You Out There

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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.

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