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Newport is one of the twenty nominees for Best Historic Small Town by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2016 for having a big history and small populations.

“Home of the highest number of surviving colonial buildings in the entire US, Newport has long been the summer retreat of the American well-to-do. The city of just 23,000 or so has been pretty much untouched since the turn of the 20th century when wealthy southerners began building massive mansions and estates to escape the summer heat,” the description about Newport says.

Other nominees include Abingdon, VA; Astoria, OR; Beaufort, SC; Bisbee, AZ; Dahlonega, GA; Deadwood, SD; Fredericksburg, TX; Hudson, NY; Mackinack Island, MI; Natchez, MS; Oxford, MI; Selma, AL; Sitka, AK; Solvang, CA; St. Augustine, FL; Taos, NM; Telluride, CO; Thomasville, GA and Williamsburg, VA.


Vote for your favorite small town once per day until voting ends on Monday, April 25 at noon ET.

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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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