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

International Tennis Hall Of Fame Will Purchase Canfield House: The Canfield House Restaurant, one of the longest-running restaurants in Newport, will soon join the growing list of long-time restaurants that will permanently close in 2015. (What’sUpNewp)

Owners of Midtown Oyster Bar Purchase Rhumbline Restaurant: According to reports and records, the fate and future of Rhumbline Restaurant has become a little bit clearer. (What’sUpNewp)

5 Upcoming Beer and Wine Events You Shouldn’t Miss: There are plenty of great beer and wine events ahead to quench your thirst, make you smile and keep you full. (What’sUpNewp)

Twin River unveils preliminary plans for Tiverton complex that includes hotel: Twin River Management Group is proposing to build an 80,000-square-foot casino resembling the town’s public library, with an attached three-story 80-room hotel, for a site off Route 81. (PROJO)

Nation’s Chief Justices, Top Court Administrators Will Hold 2018 Annual Conference in Newport, RI: Newport will host the annual joint meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators in Newport in 2018, Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell announced today. (What’sUpNewp)

Domestic Violence Victim Tells Police Abuse is “OK”: Police charged a 38-year-old city man with domestic simple assault despite the victim’s assertions that everything was fine. (Patch)

New Pop-Up Shop Lands on Lower Thames Street: Ten Pounds of Feathers designer, Anne Jenkins has officially open her month long pop-up at 491 Thames Street, Newport, RI. (What’sUpNewp)

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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.