Good Morning, today is Thursday, August 18.

🌊 WUN’s Frank Prosnitz with the latest from the classroom – With school set to open in a few weeks, school districts facing staff shortages

🌊 The September Secret Garden Tour has been canceled due to the severe drought conditions as well as the threat of an active hurricane season. Read More

🌊 Thanks all around. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes and contribution yesterday and thanks to everyone who came out to The JPT last night for our screening of Point Break!

Join us tonight for a sud-filled screening of the cult screwball-comedy Strange Brew, preceded by a beer tasting from Narragansett Beer, Rejects Beer Co. and Ragged Island Brewing Co. in the JPT lobby! A hoppy and hilarious evening. Tickets and more info

🌊 Speaking of The JPT, American folk, Americana, and country music singer-songwriter Lori McKenna will perform at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on October 6. Read More

🌊 An offshore wind developer assured Aquidneck Island residents Tuesday night they would experience minimal disruptions from a proposal to bury an export cable along Boyds Lane into Mount Hope Bay. ecoRI with more – Mayflower Wind Claims Effects of Buried Cable Under Sakonnet River Would be Minimal

🌊 Two men accused of being involved in a deadly Newport shooting on Valentine’s Day are set to face a judge today. ABC 6 reports

🌊 Salve Regina University has been designated as one of the best colleges in the nation in the 31st edition of Princeton Review’s flagship college guide, “The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition.”

🌊 Here’s a look at what’s happening, new, and to do out there this weekend – What’s Up this weekend in Newport County: August 19 – 21

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Have a great Thursday,

~ Ryan Belmore

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

7-Day weather forecast for Newport County

Marine Forecast

  • Today: W wind 9 to 11 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: WSW wind 5 to 8 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Mostly clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 69°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:57 am | Sunset: 7:40 pm | 13 hours & 43 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 1:11 am & 1:43 pm | Low tide at 6:11 am & 7:53 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 21 days, 62% lighting.

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Happening Today

What’sUpNewp and The JPT to host film parties with ‘Point Break’ on August 17th & ‘Strange Brew’ on August 18th

Ida Lewis Distance Race returns August 18-20

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What’s Up this weekend in Newport County: August 19 – 21

7-Day weather forecast for Newport County

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Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

Newport Secret Garden Tour cancels September Tour

Opinion: Making affordable energy a priority in the next legislative session

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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 -

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 and 401-662-1653.