Newport RI News

A roundup of today’s big stories that have to do with what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, RI…

CrossPoint Church Selected By Tim Tebow Foundation to Host its “Night To Shine”: CrossPoint Church has been selected by the Tim Tebow Foundation to host its Night to Shine. (What’sUpNewp)

Rogers High School Will Host Veterans Day Assembly, Veterans Invited to Attend: Rogers High School cordially invites area Veterans and their families to attend an assembly in honor of their service to the nation. (What’sUpNewp)

Twin River responds to competition from Plainridge: Rhode Island leaders were fearful that the opening of a slot parlor just over the line in … It also remains hopeful that it can move Newport Grand to Tiverton. (Turn To 10)

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The Best Hotels in Newport Don’t Need A Yelp Review: (What’sUpNewp)

Flipping Mansions: Fairholme is Back on Market for $21 Million: The iconic Newport estate known as Fairholme, which sold back in July for $15 million, is now back on the market for $21 million. (What’sUpNewp)

Aquidneck Land Trust Selects New Development Director: Aquidneck Land Trust proudly announces the selection of its new Development Director, Laura Freedman Pedrick, who officially started on Monday, October 26th. (What’sUpNewp)

Newport Gallery Night is Back on November 12: Gallery Night is back with the latest collections, exhibitions and events from the Newport Gallery Organization’s 28 member galleries and institutions. (What’sUpNewp)

Volunteers Sought to Plant Daffodil Bulbs at Ballard Park: Friends of Ballard Park is partnering with Newport Daffodillion to plant 2,000 more daffodil bulbs in Ballard Park. Volunteers are sought to help plant the bulbs on Wednesday, November 11th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. (What’sUpNewp)

Joe Cardona finding balance between Patriots, Navy: (247sports)

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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.

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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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