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On December 16th, more than one dozen Broadway business owners met at the Corner Cafe to discuss coming together to form the Broadway Merchants’ Association (BMA), “an effort to work together to make Broadway businesses more successful and ensuing that they provide one voice when working with the local powers that be.”

The immediate focus and priority of this group was the Broadway Streetscape Construction Project that has impacted many of their businesses for much longer than they anticipated, and will for at least until the end of 2016.

On hand at that meeting was Councilor McLaughlin and Councilor Cegile, with the feedback from BMA that they received, they promised to arrange a meeting with all parties involved with the construction project to try to improve the communication of when construction would be done and where.

The Meeting Has Been Scheduled

The City of Newport and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) representatives will be available to discuss the Broadway Streetscape construction project on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 9am in the Newport Police Department Assembly Room, 120 Broadway, Newport.

Interested In The BMA?

Businesses on or near Broadway are encouraged to join the Broadway Merchant’s Association. E-mail Linda Bainton from PDQ Printing at for more information.

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.

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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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