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Good Morning, today is Thursday, June 30.

🌊 The race is set for local and statewide offices as candidates officially declared their candidacy this week. 15 candidates are running for Governor, 14 candidates are running for Congressional District 2, 14 candidates are running for Newport City Council, 10 candidates are running for Middletown Town Council, and there’s a whole bunch of other races. See all the candidates here. Candidates now move on to collecting signatures.

🌊 Among the surprises, Jamie Bova and Elizabeth Fuerte are not seeking re-election to Newport City Council and Chairman Ray Gomes is not seeking re-election on Newport School Committee.

🌊 Scott Buchanan with a feature on Middletown’s Mission First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Mission First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Middletown offers women’s only classes

🌊 The weather forecast is looking great for the Jamestown’s 4th of July fireworks on Sunday and Newport’s on Monday. Here’s where to find fireworks this weekend.

🌊 Phillip Dodd, one of the world’s foremost experts on classical architecture and interiors, will be at Charter Books this evening to talk about and sign his new book “An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City”.

🌊 Grab your fancy shoes, a few friends, and a custom Rough Point cocktail at Garden Fête at 5:30 pm! At this garden soiree, wander among the blooms in the Formal Garden at Rough Point, and try artisanal cocktails made by Little Bitte.

🌊 newportFILM will present Fashion Reimagined on the lawn of Rosecliff at 8:30 pm this evening.

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW 5 to 8 kt in the morning. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SSW wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 63°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:14 am | Sunset: 8:23 pm | 15 hours & 8 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 9:32 am & 9:43 pm | Low tide at 3:10 am & 2:42 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 0.8 days, 1% lighting.

Happening Today

Things To Do


  • JPT Film & Event Center: Elvis at 4 pm & 4:30 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Justin Pomfret at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Tommy Raines Band from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Stu Sinclair at 9 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Reef: Matt Walker from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Live music at 7:30 pm

City & Government

The Reef Summer Awaits

The Latest from WUN

Ocean State Beer Festival to take place at Ragged Island Brewing Company on August 21

Newport in Bloom’s Annual Garden and Container Competition is on

Free Summer Concert of the Day: Gooseberry Road at Frederickson Farms in Scituate (June 30)

Opinion: Approved state budget good for the Bay, good for the environment

Red Sox beat Jays 6-5 in 10 to avoid three-game sweep

Town of Middletown: ‘Middletown Center’ plan cleared to take next step

Opinion: Safer, more convenient elections

Stephanie Smyth announces run for Newport City Council At-Large

Jamie Bova won’t seek reelection to Newport City Council

Election 2022: Here’s who’s officially running for local, statewide office

Six Picks: RI’s Best Beaches – From Little Compton to Watch Hill

Researchers caution Cape Cod beachgoers ahead of white shark season

Local Obituaries

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Further Reading

WPRI – Police ID officers, men involved in Newport altercation

WJAR – Man dies following moped crash in Newport 

Cision – Pallas Capital Advisors Expands its Northeast Footprint into Newport, RI; Opens Fifth Office in Under Three Years

Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi; Sen. Dominick Ruggerio – This Year at the General Assembly

WPRI – FBI arrests RI man tied to Jan. 6 attack

We’ll See You Out There

Newport Bridge Calm – A soothing harbor scene; calm water gently ripples in the bay as the sun sets near the Newport Bridge.

A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt, available in a variety of styles and sizes here and at 89 Thames Street.

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.