In February 2016, the Newport Health Equity Zone hosted the Envision Newport Lab at the Florence Gray Center Gymnasium in Newport, RI. That event served as the planning and input phase for community-based projects that the community felt were important.  Over the last two years, many of these plans have become reality or are on their way to becoming reality.   On Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm we invite you to come together again as a group or to join us if you missed it in 2016.   We will review all that has been done, get updates and reports on what is in the works, and once again add our voices to how our community will become.  Refreshments will be served, and raffles will be taking place.

Important partners will also be there to hear from you:

  • Bike Newport wants to hear your ideas on bike programs and getting more access to bikes for community members;
  • The Newport Open Space Partnership wants to share the activation of the master plan, where action has happened and what is planned;
  • The Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path projects have exciting updates;
  • And Sankofa Community Connection wants to talk about the North Side neighborhood.

Refreshments and raffles will be offered.    Children are welcome and if translation or transportation are needed just give us a call at 401-236-8344.

If you plan on coming you can register for free at

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.