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Good Morning, today is Thursday, August 11.

🌊 On this day in 1866, James Plimpton, inventor of the modern quad roller skate, and the New York Roller Skating Association leased The Atlantic House Hotel in Newport and converted the dining room into a skating area. This was the first roller skating rink open to the public in the United States! Read More

🌊 WUN’s Frank Prosnitz with the latest from the 2022 election trail – Election 2022: Endorsements … Endorsements … and more Endorsements

🌊 A special Waterfire this weekend celebrating communities of color is coming to downtown Providence on Saturday. WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke to RI-based hip-hop artist Carvalho recently and learned more about what he’s been up to lately. Read More – What’s Up Interview: Award-winning RI hip-hop artist Chachi Carvalho, playing Waterfire August 13.

🌊 WUN’s Frank O’Donnell has the latest on a new local theater company’s debut performance – RI Shakespeare Rep to present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at John Brown House in Providence Aug. 12-14.

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🌊 newportFILM will screen Mickey: The Story of a Mouse at Eisenhower House this evening at 8 pm.

🌊 The Salve Summer Sizzler will take place on the lawn of Ochre Court on Sunday, August 14. According to Salve, this event is open to Salve Regina staff, faculty, students and alumni, as well as friends and family. [SalveToday]

🌊 Touro Synagogue will host its 75th Annual George Washington Letter Reading, an event honoring our nation’s heritage of religious freedom, on August 21. You can watch it virtually! Learn More

🌊 Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse secured a $1.6 million earmark for Roger Williams University to provide support for shellfish aquaculture farmers in Rhode Island through aquaculture research, resources, and legal services. [EastBayRI]

🌊 After a fight at their establishment on Monday, the owners of Ballard’s Beach Resort on Block Island are canceling the upcoming Roots & Rhythm Festival. [WPRI]


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What’s Up Today

Weather

  • Today: Showers likely, mainly between 7 am and 1 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tonight: A slight chance of showers before 10 pm. Patchy fog after 10 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Marine Forecast

  • Today: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSE 5 to 8 kt in the morning. Showers are likely, mainly before 1 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: Variable winds 5 kt or less. A slight chance of showers before 10 pm. Patchy fog after 10 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 70°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:50 am | Sunset: 7:50 pm | 14 hours of sun.
  • High tide at 7:44 am & 8:12 pm | Low tide at 1:32 am & 1:14 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 13.5 days, 98% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do

Entertainment

  • Eisenhower House: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse: newportFILM Outdoors at 8 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Mark Flynn at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Outcry from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 8 pm
  • Perro Salado: Steve Cerelli at 9 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Deck: Zane Christopher from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • The Reef: Mel from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: Colin Van Pelt from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

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Today In Newport History: August 11, 1866 – First roller skating rink opens to the public in U.S.

7-Day weather forecast for Newport County

Prospect Grissom homers in debut, Braves beat Red Sox 8-4

New performance work from Choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky coming to the Jamestown Arts Center

Touro Synagogue to host 75th Annual George Washington Letter Reading on August 21

RIDOH recommends closing Third Beach, Spring Lake Beach, and Harmony Hill School Beach for swimming

Norman Bird Sanctuary unveils inaugural Conservation Crew

Election 2022: Endorsements … Endorsements … and more Endorsements

What’s Up Interview: Award-winning RI hip-hop artist Chachi Carvalho, playing Waterfire August 13

newportFILM Summer Benefit raises more than $250,000

Rhode Island Foundation inviting Newport County residents to share ideas at free community dinner

DEM seeks community survey reports of wild turkeys, deer, reptiles, and amphibians


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