Rainbow over Trinity Church and Queen Anne Square - A glorious Spring Day in Newport’s Queen Anne Square – trees in full bloom while a rainbow arcs gracefully over the steeple of Trinity Church as storm clouds recede. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt/Blink Gallery. See more photos and art, purchase this photo here or stop by Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street in Newport.

Good Morning, today is Tuesday, June 21. Happy 1st day of Summer!

🌊 At 1:45 pm today, Governor McKee will sign into law a legislative package to strengthen gun safety laws and protect Rhode Islanders. He will be joined by legislative sponsors, Rhode Island General Officers, advocates, and Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action. 

The critical gun safety legislation that the Governor will sign into law includes:

  • A ban on large-capacity gun magazines.
  • Raises the legal age to purchase firearms or ammunition in Rhode Island from 18 to 21.
  • Makes the definitions of “rifle” and “shotgun” consistent with federal law, and prohibits the open carry of any loaded rifle or shotgun in public.

🌊 If you missed the two information sessions on school regionalization yesterday, there’s a virtual meeting in English today from 6 pm to 8 pm and a virtual meeting in Spanish on Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Read More

🌊 Wondering what that house that was for sale in your neighborhood sold for? WUN’s Tyler Bernadyn has the rundown here – Real Estate Transactions: 26 homes sold in Newport County last week

🌊 Newport Charter Yacht Show, Newport Pride, Newport Secret Garden Tour, and Newport Polo are just a few of the things happening this week and weekend. Get the full rundown here.

What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today –Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight – A chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming SE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SSE wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the evening. A slight chance of showers after 1 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 60°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:11am | Sunset: 8:22 pm | 15 hours & 11 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 2:13 am & 2:47pm | Low tide at 8:31 am & 9:41 pm.
  • Moon: Last Quarter Moon, 22 days, 51% lighting.


Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Celtica: Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: The Duke at 4:30 pm, Moonrise Kingdom 10th Anniversary Party at 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Mike Wendoloski at 1 pm, Adam Hanna at 4:30 pm, John Erikson at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe:  Trivia from 7 pm to 9 pm
  • One Pelham East: Stu Sinclair from 5 pm to 8:30 pm

City & Government



The Latest from WUN

1st Native American US treasurer nominated, oversees Mint

Cordero has 3 hits, 2 RBIs to help Red Sox beat Tigers 5-2

Here’s what’s happening, new, and to do this week in Newport County (June 20 – 26)

Covid-19 vaccines for children younger than will be available in Rhode Island next week

Little Compton residents invited to plan Rhode Island PBS documentary ‘Our Town: Little Compton’  

Sailor falls overboard, dies during Newport Bermuda Race

Real Estate Transactions: 26 homes sold in Newport County last week

Shellfish attitude in lobster land: Maine oysters boom

Coronavirus in Rhode Island: The latest data on community transmission of COVID-19

Newport Folk to host official aftershow benefit concerts at The JPT, Newport Blues Cafe

Local Obituaries

Further Reading

PR.com – Ocean Research Project’s Schooner Marie Tharp Stops in Newport Before Ambitious Maiden Voyage to Map Greenland’s Uncharted Glacier Fjords

WJAR – Sailor from New Jersey who died during Newport Bermuda Race had long history with event

RI Monthly – Dining Review: The Dining Room at the Vanderbilt

We’ll See You Out There

Rainbow over Trinity Church and Queen Anne Square – A glorious Spring Day in Newport’s Queen Anne Square – trees in full bloom while a rainbow arcs gracefully over the steeple of Trinity Church as storm clouds recede.

A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt/Blink Gallery. See more photos and art, purchase this photo here or stop by Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street in Newport.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.