Tanya Kelley and Howard Newman from the Historic Newport Town Spring Leadership Committee joined me on The Open Forum on 1540 AM WADK Newport on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the launch of the planning and design of the Historic Newport Town Spring and the public informational meeting that was set to take place on March 1st at the Colony House in Washington Square from 6-7:30pm.

Joining me at 1:30pm on the show was Jim Goldman, a certified CPA from ElderCare of RI.

Listen To The Podcast:

12:30pm – 1pm


1pm – 2pm


The site of the Newport Historic Town Spring is the former location of the freshwater spring around which the original settlement of Newport occurred and where subsequent events of historic significance were enacted.

The Newport Spring site is located at the corner of Touro and Spring Street in Newport on the former site of Coffey’s gas station. The design team, headed by L+A Landscape Architecture of Newport, RI will be facilitating a public planning process that will result in a master plan for the site.

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.