Fort Adams Sail Newport

Sail Newport will join forces with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management and fellow non-profit organization Clean Ocean Access to hold a clean-up of the Fort Adams State Park shoreline and beach on Sunday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.

Recent nor’easters have deposited a considerable amount of marine debris on the shores of the state park and the organizations are asking for community volunteers to help on Sunday.

This is the first event in a series of beach cleanups planned for the Marine Debris Solutions Lifestyle Project (MDSL) coordinated by Clean Ocean Access and supported by a grant from Newport’s 11th Hour Racing. Hot chocolate and snacks will be supplied for volunteers.

Individuals are asked to email hannah.lasorsa@sailnewport.org. Sail Newport is located at 60 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI. Sail Newport will provide a confirmation of community service/volunteerism to those who request a letter.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.