On today’s edition of The Open Forum on 1540 AM WADK Newport I was joined by Scott Wheeler, Building & Grounds Supervisor for the City Of Newport, and Matt McEntee from Friends of Island Cemetery from 12:30pm to 2pm.

While our conversation touched on topics such as Newport Daffodil Days Festival, Keeping History Above Water, Newport Arboretum Week and the elevator at Newport City Hall; the majority of our conversation was (somewhat) focused on Newport’s upcoming celebration and plans for  “RI Historic Cemetery Restoration & Awareness Day.”

Friends of Island Cemetery, Newport Historical Society, Belmont Chapel Foundation, and the Newport Restoration Foundation are coming together to offer tours of Newport’s historic cemeteries on Saturday, April 16th.

You can read more about the day here – Newport Set to Celebrate ‘RI Historic Cemetery Restoration and Awareness Day’ With Walking Tours – and hear a lot more about the day below.

Listen 12:30pm to 1pm:

http://wadk.com/assets/podcaster/459/2016_04_14_459_43790_4013.mp3

Listen 1pm to 2pm:

http://wadk.com/assets/podcaster/459/2016_04_14_459_43789_4013.mp3

Listen to The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore every weekday from 12:30pm to 2pm on 1540 AM WADK Newport.

WADK 1540 is the place to tune to for complete coverage of local news, weather, sports, traffic reports and special features, listen online on 1540 AM and online on www.wadk.com.

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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 - 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.