Here’s what Newport was reading, talking about and most interested in during March of 2016!

16 – Cafe Zelda Aiming to Reopen on March 18th Under New Ownership

15 – The Culture Trip: Newport’s 10 Must-Try Cultural Restaurants

14 – Original Bar from Yesterday’s Finds New Home in Rhode Island

13 – Hoax: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Aren’t Moving to Newport, Rhode Island

12 – Local Restaurant Owners Open Picnic Gourmet and Cafe on Bellevue Avenue

11 – Principal Crowley Finds Bone Marrow Transplant Match

10 – UPDATED: Restaurant Deals, Discounts and Special Offers

9 – Now Hiring: 50+ Companies Currently Hiring in Newport (March 20)

8 – Traffic Flow and Parking Restrictions for 2016 Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

7 – Where to Park in Newport on Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade Day

6 – Former Thames Street Kitchen Space Will Become New Restaurant

5 – Car Crashes Into Mama Leone’s on Friday Night

4 – Now Hiring in Newport: 50 Companies That Have Jobs Openings (March 13)

3 – Aquidneck Island Winter Storm Cancellations, Closings and Delays (March 20 – 21)

2 – Robert Redford, Rooney Mara and Jason Segel To Film ‘The Discovery’ on Aquidneck Island

1 – Guide to What’s Happening at Newport’s Bars and Restaurants on Saint Patrick’s Parade Day

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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.

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