Newport RI News

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

In Newport, Measuring Direct Benefits from Recent Tourism Awards is Tricky: What’s also tricky is keeping Newport positioned to earn the awards in the first place. Discover Newport’s Evan Smith explains. (Patch)

Pasta Beach Hopes to Open in New Location on Bellevue Before Summer of 2016: Pasta Beach may soon be making the long anticipated move to their new home on Bellevue Avenue. (What’sUpNewp)

Newport Teachers Ratify Tentative Contract Agreement: The Teachers’ Association of Newport voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the Newport School Committee and school administration on … (Patch)

To Do: Take a Seal Tour in Newport Harbor: On November 14, Save The Bay will launch its Newport Seal Tour season out of … All tours depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI. (Patch)

Prepare To Laugh Out Loud With Live Improv Comedy This Halloween Weekend: The Bit Players, Rhode Island’s most award-winning comedy troupe, will hit the stage five times this Halloween weekend with their hilarious improv comedy show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, and the quickest wit you’ll ever see. (What’sUpNewp)

New Newport Street Sweeper is a Water Pollution Fighter: A new street sweeper will be making the rounds in Newport in the ongoing battle … For Newport, the new sweeper will enable the city to speed up its four-month … (Patch)

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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.