More than 316,500 different people from all around the world visited What’ more than 1.7 million times in 2015, here are the fifteen stories that were read the most!

Thank you to each and everyone of you who visited What’ during 2015, we love you all!

~ Ryan Belmore & The What’sUpNewp Crew

15 – Newport is 29th Unfriendliest City in World, According to ‘Travel + Leisure’ Readers

14 – This Video Will Make You Fall In Love With Newport All Over Again

13 – UPDATE: Cafe Zelda Restaurant Sold, Will Close Temporarily on December 11th

12 – Brick Alley Pub Will Soon Roll Out New Restaurant Concept On Second Floor

11 – Report: Sephora Will Open Store In Downtown Newport, RI

10 – In Celebration of 35th Anniversary, Brick Alley Pub Will Offer Nachos at 1980’s Price

9 – Newport Skating Center Will Return To Downtown Newport This Year

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8 – 40 Facts You May Not Know About Newport, RI

7 – Justin Beiber Surprises Superfan From Portsmouth, RI on Ellen Degeneres Show

6 – Sea Turtle and Shark Found On First Beach In Last 24 Hours

5 – End Of An Era: It’s Time To Say Goodbye To The Atlantic Beach Club Patio

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

3 – 50 Things to Eat in Newport, RI Before You Die

2 – Shark Washes Ashore In Front Of Atlantic Beach Club

1 – Yesterday’s To Close After 42 Years In Business

Featured photo by Tyler Bernadyn of the sea turtle that washed up on First Beach.

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.