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Newport, RI News and Notes

International Tennis Hall Of Fame Will Purchase The Canfield House Restaurant and Pub: 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)

Taking Inventory and a Closer Look at Newport Liquor Licenses: We hear these questions all the time – “how can I get a liquor license?”, “why aren’t there more liquor licenses?” or “who currently has a liquor license (and is for sale)?” So, here’s our attempt at making sense of the liquor license scene here in Newport, RI. (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. (The Herald News)

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)
RI has fastest rate of growth in defense contracts: MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — While federal government spending on national defense has been on the decline, Rhode Island has bucked the trend and nearly .. (WPRI 12)

The Do’s and Don’ts of the 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival: Bowen’s Wharf will host their 25th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on October 17th and 18th. (What’sUpNewp)

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1916 Centennial Committee to Host Irish Historical Presentation in Newport: The Easter Rising of 1916 Centennial Remembrance Committee of Rhode Island will hold a multi-media historical presentation on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport. The event is free and open to the public. (What’sUpNewp)

How Bermuda Landed the America’s Cup: An American venue like Newport, R.I., could have provided some time-zone benefit, but the American venues were not offering the same incentives as Bermuda, (NY Times)

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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.