As August May comes to a close, there’s certainly plenty of big stories to look back on from the last 31 days. More than 59,450 people visited our website in August, resulting in nearly 130,000 page views. Here’s what our readers were talking about and reading, your opportunity to catch up if you missed something.

Here’s what our readers and those in Newport were talking about and reading in the eighth month of the year.

Here’s your opportunity to catch up if you missed something.

10 – Euer easily wins the Senate District 13 seat

9 – LIST: Public, Private Firework Displays That Will Light Up the Newport Sky in 2017 (UPDATED)

8 – Newport’s BedJet is revolutionizing the sleep industry from small Brick Market headquarters

7 –2017 Newport Jazz Festival Schedule & Lineup

6 – Questlove Will DJ at The Pineapple Club on Sunday

5 – Crews Respond to Fire on 2nd Street Overnight

4 – 40 classic yachts will parade in Newport Harbor on Sunday morning

3 – Where to watch McGregor versus Mayweather in Rhode Island

2 – Partial solar eclipse will be viewable from Newport on August 21st

1 (Most Read) – Newport Police crack down on local businesses for selling counterfeit goods

Ryan Belmore is the 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.