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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 1.5 million page views, here’s what more than 475,000 users chose to read the most over the last 12 months.


  1. Diego’s Adds a Second Floor with New Bar and Water Views…
  2. Newport Starbucks to Become ‘Military Family Store’, Will …
  3. Le Grand Bleu, One of World’s Largest Private Yachts, Arrives in…
  4. Replicas of Two of Christopher Columbus‘ Ships Are Coming to Newport…
  5. Newport Adopts Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban…
  6. New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Donates Powerboat to Sail Ne…
  7. On This Day – September 26, 1983: Australia II Wins America̵…
  8. Photo Gallery: Thousands Participate in Women’s March on Provide…
  9. Throwing Muses Among 10 Musicians and Bands Selected to Join R.I. Musi…
  10. Naval War College Sailor named RI Military Woman of Year…


  1. Le Grand Bleu, One of World’s Largest Private Yachts, Arrives in Newport
  2. Weather Hampering Efforts to Remove Washed Up Humpback Whale from Jamestown Shore
  3. 2017 Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: Everything You Need To Know
  4. Newport Police Officer Captured on Camera Urinating in Public, Officer Suspended (Updated)
  5. Four condos in Seafair mansion sold to Jay Leno for $13.5 million
  6. 16 Popular Movies Filmed in Newport, RI
  7. New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Donates Powerboat to Sail Newport
  8. Cluny School to Close After 60 Years (Updated)
  9. Gurney’s Comes to Goat Island
  10. 2017 Newport Folk Festival Schedule & Lineup

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.