Paul Gordon Newport RI

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the most-read stories on What’sUpNewp this year were fires, accidents and breaking news.

Despite readers flocking to our site to find out the latest during breaking news, numbers show that our readers really enjoy events, brunch, dining and counting on us to point them in the right direction on what events, parties and restaurants to enjoy.

Without further ado and after more than 1.3 million pageviews, here’s what more than 464,000 users chose to read the most over the last 12 months.

16. Flo’s Clam Shack Will Be Featured on Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” on Tuesday

Flo's Clam Shack

15. Mudville Pub and Mama Leone’s Look to Swap Liquor Licenses, Mama Leone’s to Become Antonio’s Pizza

14. Guide to What’s Happening at Newport’s Bars and Restaurants on Saint Patrick’s Parade Day

13. Newport County’s Best Live Web Cams, Beach Cams and Surf Cams

newport web cam

12. 16 Popular Movies Filmed in Newport, RI

Moonrise Kingdom

11. Robert Redford Sends Open Letter to City Of Newport

10. How You Can Help Ramon Arroyo’s Family, Victims of Middletown Fire

9. Polar Pineapples, Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar, Will Open This Weekend In Newport

Polar Pineapples

8. 15 Things to do in Newport When it Rains

7. Obituary for Tom Cullen, Long-Time Owner of The Black Pearl

6. 3-Alarm Fire Engulfs Stonor Lodge on Bellevue Avenue

5. Fatulli’s Departs Newport Vineyards, Will Open New Location on Lower Thames Street

4. Two Helicopters Responding to Serious Car Accident on West Main Road 

3. Paul Gordon, B-52s Guitarist/Keyboardist and Newport Native, Has Passed Away 

Paul Gordon Newport RI

2. Best Places To Brunch in Newport

brunch in newport

1. Save The Date: Newport’s Biggest Events in 2016

things to do in newport, ri

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.