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…

The 10 Best Things To Do In and Around Newport This Weekend: (Wha’tsUpNewp)

How Much Violent Crime Happened in Newport: According to the report, Newport saw 95 violent crimes in 2014. Violent crime includes offenses involving force or the threat of force: murder and non-negligent … (Patch)

15 Reasons to Shop and Dine Local This Holiday Season: We hear a lot about “shop local”, “support local”, “eat local” and so on. We say it, share it and preach it; this holiday season it’s time to follow through and actually do it! (What’sUpNewp)

Newport Pell Bridge: E-Zer pass for toll workers: There is a tunnel, about the length of a football field, 8 feet below the traffic on Route 138 in eastern Jamestown. Rhode Island Turnpike … (PROJO)

Cru Cafe is Now Taking Orders For Thanksgiving Heat & Serve Meals and Pies: Thanksgiving is right around the corner Newport, time to start planning! (What’sUpNewp)

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Your Guide to Live Music, Comedy and Entertainment This Weekend: (What’sUpNewp)

57 Restaurants to Visit During Newport Restaurant Week: Newport Restaurant Week – the bi-annual time of the year you can enjoy a three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurant without breaking the bank! (What’sUpNewp)

Save The Date: Newport’s Biggest Events in 2016: (What’sUpNewp)

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.