Paradise & Purgatory- The intersection of Paradise & Purgatory in Middletown, RI. A local landmark, and a philosophical question. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt. Available by the artist to be printed in a variety of sizes and styles. Check It Out

Good Morning, today is Friday, June 24.

🌊 The calendar barely turned from spring to summer, but the climate surely began heating up in Rhode Island’s very competitive Democratic primary for governor. A television as by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, among the gubernatorial candidates, generated some quick retorts from Gov. Dan McKee and Helena Buonanno Foulkes, another of the gubernatorial candidates.

Read More – Election 2022: As the weather warms, so does the gubernatorial race

🌊 Lila Delman Compass yesterday announced the historic sale of 339 Ocean Avenue Lot A in Newport for $11,000,000.  According to data maintained by the Rhode Island Statewide MLS, this marks the highest land sale ever recorded in Newport County.

🌊 Self-guided walking tours of private gardens in Newport return this weekend with the June Secret Garden Tours.

🌊 Newport Pride weekend kicks off today. We recently caught up with Sean O’Connor, Managing Director of Newport Pride, to learn more about the festivities.

Newport Out has a full guide to the Newport Pride weekend here – Newport Pride How To Guide – June 24, 25 & 26

🌊 Here’s our full roundup of all that’s happening this weekend – What’s Up this weekend in Newport County: June 24 – 26

What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today – Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight – Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming S 5 to 8 kt in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – Variable winds 5 kt or less. Patchy fog after 4am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 62°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:12 am | Sunset: 8:23 pm | 15 hours & 10 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 5:05 am & 5:39 pm | Low tide at 10:29 am.
  • Moon: Waning Crescent, 24.9 days, 22% lighting.
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Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • @ The Deck: Felix Brown Trio at 9 pm
  • Bar & Board: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Blue Anchor Grill: John & Joanne at 6:30 pm
  • Buskers Irish Pub: Original Celtic folk-rock with Anita at 8 pm
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Dockside Fridays with Spiffy featuring DJ Abby Duren at 9 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: The Naticks from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Gurney’s: Live 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 Concerts: Virginia James from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • La Forge: Dave Manuel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Landing: Henry Jones at 1 pm, live music at 4 pm, Straight Outta Rehab at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Down City Band from 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Chopville at 9 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: John Erikson at 4:30 pm, DJ Remedy (video DJ) from 10 pm to close
  • Officers Club Deck: Malayna Johnson at 5:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Jimmy Weinstock from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, Live music at 8:30 pm, DJ at 11 pm
  • Rejects Brewing Co: WE OWN LAND with UNDERWIRES & ATOMIC DEATH SNAKES at 8 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 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top Of Pelham:  Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Zelda’s: Randy Robbins from 9 pm to midnight

City & Government

The Latest from WUN

Setting gridlock aside, Congress set to OK gun violence bill

Approval of Middletown’s Fiscal 2023 Budget on hold

On This Day In History – June 24, 1953: Jacqueline Bouvier and JFK Announce Engagement

Celtics look to future, draft Alabama’s Davison at No. 53

Assembly approves bills to help address housing crisis

Free Summer Concert of the Day: Virginia James at Kings Park in Newport (June 24)

Assembly approves bill seeking major offshore wind energy development

Election 2022: As the weather warms, so does the gubernatorial race

Sailors are ready for day one of racing at the 20th Anniversary C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

CDC updates COVID-19 Community Levels for Rhode Island counties

26.74-acre buildable lot on Ocean Avenue in Newport sells for $11 million

Newport Historical Society to host The French in Newport Weekend, a living history event 

Local Obituaries

Further Reading

Salve Today – Salve Regina celebrates its employee service achievements and retirees

East Bay RI – Retiring Portsmouth principal: ‘My whole life has been around kids’

We’ll See You Out There

Paradise & Purgatory- The intersection of Paradise & Purgatory in Middletown, RI. A local landmark, and a philosophical question. A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt. Available by the artist to be printed in a variety of sizes and styles. Check It Out


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.