The City Of Newport is invited the public to help shape our city’s future by participating in one of two Public Forums.

What are the most important issues the City should be addressing during the next five years to make it even better than it is today? What goals should the City Council pursue?

This is your chance to provide input about the next five years. Hear about the current strategic plan and tell us what you think should be the emphasis of the next strategic plan.

The agendas for both evenings (April 6th and 20th) at the Pell Elementary School are identical, so go to whichever session is better for your schedule. The Community Forums will begin at 6:30 p.m. at which time there will be a brief presentation about the current strategic plan. Then, you will be able to provide input about the areas you would like to see emphasized, including projects and initiatives the City Council should consider as they develop goals for the next five years. This will be an interactive session, working in small groups. The sessions will end at 8:00 p.m.

For more information contact: Patricia Fay, Executive Assistant, Office of the City Manager, 401-845-5429;

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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.

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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