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Hi my name is Bobby Forster, I am a 27-year-old Newport resident living with ALS. I have been incredibly lucky to have the love and support of the Newport and Aquidneck island community. As a result, I have been trying to figure out a way to give back to the community that I love so much. I have come up with the idea to create two annual grants of $500.00. They are open to anyone living in our community. The only requirement is that the funds be used to improve our community in some way. Applications must be in by March 1st and the winners will be announced on my birthday which is March 17th.

To apply please email visit my website .
Again there are nearly no restrictions, so have fun and be creative!

Bobby Forster

What About Bobby is a regular column that is written by Bobby Forster, a 27-year-old Newport resident living with ALS

If you’re new to this series or missed a recent story by Bobby, it may be helpful to catch up on what he’s been talking about.

Story #1- What About Bobby: What Would You Say If You Were Told That You Would Be Dead In Two to Five Years?

Story #2 – What About Bobby: A Thank You To My Hero

Story #3 – What About Bobby: I’m Dying, I Deserve a ‘Right To Try

Story #4 – What About Bobby: What I Am Thankful For

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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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

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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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