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

Fundraising Effort Underway to Bring Newport Skating Center Back to Downtown Newport This Winter: Newport’s beacon for winter family fun could once again be lit up for the holidays as Newport Waterfront Events has announced that most of the key pieces are in place for the Newport Skating Center to return to its former downtown location at the Newport Yachting Center this upcoming winter season except for the corporate and community support necessary to finance the rink’s operations.  (What’sUpNewp)

What You Need to Know About This Weekend’s Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run: The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run will take place on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 . (What’sUpNewp)

Life is Good Founders Will Visit Newport During First-Ever ‘Nationwide Optimism Tour’: Life is Good Founders are hitting the road on their first-ever Nationwide Optimism Tour and they’re coming to Newport. (What’sUpNewp)

Oyster Sommelier and Expert Julie Qiu of In A Half Shell to Host Oyster Tasting at Hotel Viking on November 7: Hotel Viking invites bivalve fans to slurp Rhode Island’s freshest oysters paired with sumptuous spirits in a special “Oysters Explorers” gathering hosted by oyster sommelier and bloggerJulie Qiu of In A Half Shell. (What’sUpNewp)

Son of RI sculptor arrested for failing to register as sex offender: The son of a well-known Rhode Island sculptor was arrested Monday for failing to register as a sex offender. (TurnTo10)

VIDEO: Pod of Dolphins Join SSV Oliver Hazard Perry in Newport Harbor: After a weekend spent at the 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry set off for her next destination on Monday morning. (What’sUpNewp)

Child Hurt, Mother Pinned Under Car that Started Rolling: Portsmouth firefighters rescued the woman by lifting the car with airbags after getting a frantic 911 phone call on Saturday. (Patch)

Newport Mansions Landscapes Recognized as Official Arboretum; Accreditation Granted by International Body: The 88 acres of landscapes cared for by The Preservation Society of Newport County, including 1,800 trees, have been recognized and accredited as an official arboretum by the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation program of The Morton Arboretum in Chicago, the only international body that accredits arboreta.  (What’sUpNewp)

Man Charged for Drinking Beer as Car Passenger: The 21-year-old North Kingstown man was charged with public drinking early Monday morning after a car stop in Newport. (Patch)

Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center Now Enrolling for Holiday Workshops: The Newport Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, is now enrolling students for holiday themed workshops in ceramics, calligraphy and painting.  (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.
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