The Monday, February 29th version of The Open Forum  on 1540 AM WADK Newport included a lot of discussion about and audio from this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony at the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, Newport, RI (1pm – 1:30pm in podcast).

In the podcast you’ll hear the entire program from this morning’s ceremony at the Newport Opera House, which includes messages from Mayor Napolitano, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, Governor Raimondo and Senator Reed.

Other topics discussed were the vacancy that was about to happen on the Newport City Council (Councilor McLaughlin has since withdrawn his resignation), Tiverton casino, Historic Newport Spring and much much more.

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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.