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Good Morning, today is Tuesday, August 16.

🌊 Interesting in learning more about the Pell Bridge ramps project? Rhode Island Department of Transportation will offer a tour of the ongoing reconstruction of the Newport Pell Bridge approaches today at 1 pm. What’sUpNewp

🌊 The City of Newport announced yesterday that it has concluded the investigation of a previously announced security incident.  The City is offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection services to individuals whose information Social Security number or driver’s license was involved. What’sUpNewp

🌊 What’s Up Newp is hosting two fun events this week at The JPT – On Wednesday, join us for a screening of Point Break and live music from We Own Land.

On Thursday, it’s all about the craft beer. Join us for a screening of Strange Brew and samplings from Rejects Beer Co., Ragged Island Brewing Company, and Narragansett Beer.

🌊 For the first time, the annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards recognizes a record of five projects for their significant contributions to the preservation of Newport’s architectural heritage and historic character. What’sUpNewp

🌊 Traffic was at a standstill on the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge on Monday morning, where a boat disconnected from a trailer. WJAR

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
  • Tonight: A chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northeast wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

7-Day weather forecast for Newport County

Marine Forecast

  • Today: NE wind 9 to 12 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: NNE wind 9 to 11 kt. A slight chance of showers between 2am and 3am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 70°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:55 am | Sunset: 7:43 pm | 13 hours & 48 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:59 am | Low tide at 4:55 am & 5:36 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 19 days, 81% lighting.

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

The Breakers Landscape Revival to receive Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award

Newport Restoration Foundation announces 16th Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award honorees

City of Newport to conduct smoke testing on North End sewer lines

City of Newport provides an update on privacy incident

DEM seeks public input to develop and operate the former Chase Marina Facility in Tiverton

What’s Up this week in Newport County: August 15 – 21

Bristol resident named Chief People Officer of Newport Restaurant Group

Opinion: The quality of our children’s education – and the future of our community – depends on you

Secretary Gorbea reminds Rhode Islanders of August 23 mail ballot application deadline

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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.