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

UPDATE: Teas & Javas Closes Newport Location After Fire: Teas and Javas in Newport, RI has unexpectedly been closed since Monday, October 21st. (What’sUpNewp)

Newport’s Fenton Appointed to Top National Young Republican Post: Newport’s Barbara Ann Fenton has been appointed Executive Director of the Young Republican National Federation (Patch)

Preparations are Underway for Christmas at the Newport Mansions: Christmas at the Newport Mansions is just one month away, and preparations are well underway to dress The Breakers (1895), The Elms (1901) and Marble House (1892) in their holiday finery. ( What’sUpNewp)

Throwback Thursday: Yesterday’s Apple Cake made delicious with toasted walnuts: Yesterday’s, a Newport institution at 28 Washington Square, closed in September and the contents of the restaurant will be auctioned off Saturday. (PROJO)

State investigating case of autistic man who wasn’t paid for hundreds of hours of work: The R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals is looking into how an autistic prep-cook’s paychecks fell through the cracks after he worked hundreds of hours at a Middletown restaurant, the Target 12 Investigators have learned. (WPRI)

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Where To Go For Live Music and Entertainment This Weekend: (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.