Good Morning! Here’s the latest on what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, RI;

Coast Guard Rescues 2 From Burning Sailboat Near Sakonnet Point: The Coast Guard rescued two people from a burning sailboat Monday afternoon about a mile south of Sakonnet Point, Rhode Island. (What’sUpNewp)

Local transgender teen crowned Homecoming King: After coming out last winter as transgender, a local high school student was hoping to enter his senior year with a fresh start. Kristian Barber’s classmates at Rogers High School in Newport gave him all that, and more, when they chose him as this year’s Homecoming King. (ABC6)

20 Places That Will Entertain You This Week in Newport: Here’s a look at what’s happening in Newport for live music and entertainment this week, enjoy! (What’sUpNewp)

Newport Residents Come Home to Stranger Crashed on Couch: Newport police arrested a 24-year-old city man for trespassing after he fell … He was later released with a Oct. 28 summons to appear in Newport District Court. (Patch)

Public Invited to Tour SSV Oliver Hazard Perry During Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival: This weekend (October 17-18), attendees at the 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival in Newport will enjoy an opportunity to board the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the Ocean State’s Official Sailing Education Vessel and the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century. (What’sUpNewp)

Water Main Flushing Set to Take Place From October 13 – October 29: The Newport Water Division will begin a water main flushing program in designated areas during evening hours beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and ending October 29, 2015. The flushing of the water mains using fire hydrants will begin at 8:00 p.m. and continue until 4:00 a.m. Signs will be posted in each area before flushing begins. (What’sUpNewp)

Masonic Lodges in Portsmouth and Middletown Will be Open to Public on October 17: The Grand Masonic Lodge of Freemasonry will host an open house at all Masonic lodges throughout Rhode Island on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (What’sUpNewp)

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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.