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

Good Morning, today is Thursday, June 16.

🌊 With another dominant night on the mound, and relentless offense throughout, Newport Gulls won its sixth straight win last night, beating Sanford (1-7) 8-3 at Goodall Park. Read More

🌊 British singer-songwriter Frank Turner pulled into Providence for a quick stop Wednesday, June 15 as part of his “50 States in 50 Days” tour. A talented lyricist, Turner displayed energy and humor in the weekday noon show, something you don’t often see in these parts. Concert Recap

🌊 Although enjoying ice cream is a 365-day-a-year activity for many, the summer season means it’s officially “game on” for local ice cream shops. We’ve checked out many around Rhode Island over the years and present this list of “Six Picks” (with several honorable mentions) for you to consider. Six Picks: RI’s best locally-owned Ice Cream Shops

🌊 The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) on Wednesday afternoon recommended closing Fogland Beach in Tiverton and Gooseberry Beach in Newport for swimming because of high bacteria levels. Read More

🌊 Amid expectation of a robust summer season,  Newport and other communities are worried they won’t be able to attract employees into a market where finding affordable seasonal housing is at best difficult, and in some cases nearly impossible, and where wages lag behind neighboring states. WUN Frank Prosnitz with more – Affordable housing for seasonal workers hard to find

🌊 newportFILM announced yesterday via an email to subscribers an impressive lineup of world-class documentaries for their annual summer series newportFILM Outdoors. Outdoors schedule

June 12 Square

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Light south wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight – A chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – SSE wind 7 to 11 kt becoming SW in the morning. Areas of fog before 10 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SSW wind 6 to 9 kt. Patchy fog before 9 pm, then Patchy fog between 10 pm and 2 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 54°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:20 am | Sunset: 8:04 pm | 14 hours & 43 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:39 am & 1:12 pm | Low tide at 6:52 am & 6:30 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 20.3 days, 69% lighting.

Happening Today

Save The Bay’s annual Taste of The Bay fundraiser returns on June 16

Things To Do


  • JPT Film & Event Center: Downton Abbey 2: A New Era at 2 pm
  • Landing: Dan Decristofaro at 1 pm, Justin Pomfret at 4:30 pm, Timmy Smith at 6 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: The Infinite Groove from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Felix Brown Band at 9 pm
  • Norey’s: Dillon Stankowitz from 8 pm to 11 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 8 pm
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Trivia in the Barn at 6 pm
  • The Reef: Eric Fontana from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Top of Pelham: Dueling Pianos at 7:30 pm

City & Government

Governor Dan McKee

At 2 pm, Governor McKee and Rhode Island Housing will announce “significant investments in affordable housing across Rhode Island” at East Providence City Hall. The 19 new housing development projects across the state are expected to preserve and create over 700 new units of affordable housing.

The Latest from WUN

Devers HR in 4th straight game; Winckowski, Bosox rout A’s

Gulls stay hot, win sixth in a row with 8-3 win over Mainers

Concert Recap and Photos: Frank Turner plays Union Station Brewery

Jansson’s goal helps Orlando City to 1-1 tie with Revolution

Six Picks: RI’s best locally-owned Ice Cream Shops

Elena Hight and Ian Walsh join 11th Hour Racing Team for the Newport Bermuda Race

Senate approves Euer bill to protect domestic violence, abuse survivors

RIDOH recommends closing Fogland Beach and Gooseberry Beach for swimming

Newport Historical Society awarded $52,000 grant from van Beuren Charitable Foundation

Gillette Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2023

Second public meeting slated on Prescott Hall flooding

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

Affordable housing for seasonal workers hard to find

newportFILM Outdoors schedule is here

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to headline inaugural Vineyard Campout in September 

Local Obituaries

Further Reading

ABC 6 – Newport police look to identify man accused of vandalizing shipyard

JamBase – Goose Announces Newport Folk Festival Aftershow Benefit Concert

Salve Today – Salve Regina’s Best Buddies named Outstanding Chapter of the Year for second time

We’ll See You Out There

Castle Hill Lawn. 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 -

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.