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Here are the twelve most popular and most read What’sUpNewp stories that got you and everyone else talking in November!

Interesting Fact – Even with a very small team, What’sUpNewp was the first to break and bring you the news of at least 50% of these stories before any other media outlet.

Thank you to the 35,000 people that visited our website more than 100,000 times in November for your support!

12 – UPDATED: 2015 Restaurant Deals, Discounts and Special Offers

11 – Haven Brothers, ‘The Oldest Diner On Wheels’, is Coming to Newport (1st to report)

10 – Alex & Ani Founder Purchases 282 Thames Street for $2.9 Million (1st to report)

9 – Newport Skating Center Will Return to Downtown Newport This Year (1st to report)

8 – UPDATED: Restaurants That Will Feed You on Thanksgiving in Newport, RI

7 – Thames Street Kitchen Announces They Will Permanently Close (1st to report)

6 – 6 Newport Restaurants That Are Totally Killing it This November

5 – 12 Newport Stereotypes That Simply Aren’t True

4 – 10 Long-Time Businesses on Lower Thames Street Are For Sale or Will Close by End of Year

3 – UPDATE: Cafe Zelda Restaurant Sold, Will Close Temporarily on December 11th (1st to report)

2 – In Celebration of 35th Birthday, Brick Alley Pub Will Serve Nacho Platters at 1980’s Price on 12/9

1 – Justin Bieber Surprises Superfan from Portsmouth, RI on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (1st to report)

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.