Newport RI News

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)

Newport Teachers Union and School Board Reach Tentative Agreement: The full union membership will vote on the deal by the end of the month. (Patch)

Newport Restaurant Among “10 Most Haunted Bars in America”: (What’sUpNewp)

DEM seeks more information on fatal boating accident: The Law Enforcement Division of the state … DEM officials said the yacht was on display at the Newport Boat Show, and was on the … (WPRI)

Luke Wilson and Judy Greer Filming in Rhode Island:  (RI Monthly)

#OysterPorn: Meet Scales and Shells’ Better Half: Newport’s local seafood hotspot, Scales and Shells, has expanded by opening 1/2 Shell, a traditional raw bar designed for the oyster obsessed. The location is colorful yet simple, with a beautiful baby blue bar ready to sling artisan cocktails. (What’sUpNewp)

Drink This: Brick Alley’s Frozen Pumpkin Mudslide: With over 25 beers on tap, a Bon Appetit-voted best lobster roll in America and burgers, Brick Alley Pub is the perfect spot for a family dinner, a date or a night out with your friends during anytime of the year. (What’sUpNewp)

Newport Art Museum’s Faculty & Student Holiday Art Sale to Feature Local Artists & Return of the Museum Gift Shop: The Newport Art Museum will host its annual Faculty and Student Holiday Arts Sale, Friday, November 27, 12 – 4pm and Saturday, November 28, 10am – 4pm, in the Museum’s Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue. (What’sUpNewp)

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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.