Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would invite Newport area residents and friends to volunteer for one of the many cleanup events happening for Newport’s 2016 Earth Day celebration.
The Clean City Program will be picking up items collected from the cleanup events listed below. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is waiving all disposal fees associated with litter collected during Earth Day cleanups.
Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd.

To celebrate, The City of Newport’s Earth Day events will take place on Saturday, April 23rd, and we invite all residents and friends to participate in any of the scheduled cleanups.

Become an active part of your community by volunteering at one of the following events: A listing of all clean-ups and details are available at under the events tab.

  • Clean Ocean Access will be hosting a handful of events in the area. Contact Dave McLaughlin at (401)465-0628 or for all Clean Ocean Access details.
  • The Friends of the Waterfront invites volunteers to join them in the annual Earth Day Cleanup at King Park. Contact Johanna Vietry at or (765)307-1216 for all details.
  • The Point Association will be planning various clean-ups in the Point section of town. Contact Rich Abbinanti or (646)529-6387 for all details.
  • Save The Bay & Pruitt Chiropractic invite you to help clean up Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. To volunteer, contact Save The Bay in advance at or (401)272-3540 x130 for all details.
  • Women’s Resource Center, Park Holm Saturday Club, Youth Leadership Group and The Met School will be cleaning Miantonomi Park. Please contact Elizabeth Fuerte at or (401) 835-4235 for all details.
  • Friends of Ballard Park will be holding an Earth Day cleanup at Ballard Park. To volunteer, please contact or (401)619-3377.
  • The Off Broadway Neighborhood Association invites you to help clean up the Off Broadway neighborhood and Equality Park. For details and to volunteer, contact Ellen Nichols at (401)864-0372.
  • Old Colony & Newport Railway will be cleaning up along the railway, where they run scenic, narrated train trips. To volunteer, please contact Eric Moffett at (860)883-2080.

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.