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Good Morning, today is Wednesday, August 17.

🌊 On this day in 1790, George Washington arrived in Newport. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Governor George Clinton of New York, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Blair of Virginia, and U.S. Congressman William Loughton Smith of South Carolina.

Read More – Today In Newport History: August 17, 1790 – George Washington Arrives In Newport

🌊 On this day in 1982, I was born at Woman & Infants Hospital in Providence. 😉 I’ve spent the last 10+ years (my entire 30’s) serving as the publisher of What’sUpNewp. It has been such an honor and the greatest gift, thanks for reading, for your support, and for your friendship.

Let’s keep it going another 10+ years – support our local, independent on-the-ground coverage today.

🌊 If you are wondering if the primary election is fast approaching, just turn on your television and watch the parade of political ads from Democratic candidates for governor and the second Congressional seat. Non-stop. Every subject, from elderly mothers to reproductive rights. 

WUN’s Frank Prosnitz with the latest on Election 2022 – Primary election less than a month away

🌊 WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke to the new producers of the Rhythm & Roots Festival – Rhythm & Roots Festival on schedule for Labor Day Weekend

🌊 What’s Up Newp and The JPT present Point Break this evening at 7:30 pm. The evening will include live music and in-house tastings from Rejects Beer Co. Tickets & More Info

Join us tomorrow night for a sud-filled screening of the cult screwball-comedy Strange Brew, preceded by a beer tasting from local breweries in the JPT lobby! A hoppy and hilarious evening. Tickets & More Info

Have a great Wednesday,

~ Ryan Belmore

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What’s Up Today


  • Today: Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. North wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tonight: A slight chance of showers before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

7-Day weather forecast for Newport County

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory until August 18, 08:00 AM EDT
  • Today: N wind 12 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 27 kt. Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight: NNW wind 7 to 9 kt becoming WNW after midnight. A slight chance of showers before 9pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 71°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:56 am | Sunset: 7:42 pm | 13 hours & 45 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:20 am & 12:51 pm | Low tide at 5:30 am & 6:31 pm.
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 20 days, 72% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Buskers: Open Mic with Mike Warner at 9 pm
  • Celtica: Team Trivia at 7:30 pm
  • Fastnet Pub: Trivia at 9 pm
  • Irish American Athletic Club: Mel from 8 pm to 10 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song at 3 pm, What’s Up Newp and The JPT present Point Break at 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Motion Avenue at 1 pm, The Naticks at 4:30 pm, Jim Devlin at 8 pm
  • Newport Vineyards: J. Kelley Duo from 5 pm to 8 pm
  • One Pelham East: Adam Go at 7 pm
  • Perro Salado: The Z-Boys from 9 pm to 12 am
  • Ragged Island Brewing: Live music from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Sardella’s: Wednesday Jazz Nights at 7 pm
  • The Firehouse Theatre: Family Friendly Funnies with the Bit Players at 7 pm
  • Top Of Pelham: Dueling Pianos: Free Wednesday show with Davina Yanetty & Mike Brown at 7:30 pm
  • Vieste Simply Italian: John & Joanne from 7 pm to 10 pm

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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.