Rogers High School

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Newport Tree Society and the City of Newport Tree and Open Space Commission will be hosting the annual Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27 at Rogers High School.

This year’s celebration will be unique because of an innovative educational program and an inspirational education leader.  Events start when the new horticultural grow house, The Tree House, will open its doors and invite the public in.  This new interactive facility serves as both a working nursery and classroom, where students learn about the importance of trees and how to grow and care for them.

This new initiative stems from a partnership between The Newport Project and the Newport Tree Society. Over the course of the semester, students have learned from a series of guest teachers about the history of Newport’s tree canopy, how to identify a wide variety of trees and insects, and techniques for growing, grafting and caring for trees. Additionally, students have been busy this past month decorating the inside of The Tree House to prepare for its grand unveiling on Friday.  The Tree House is located just up the hill from the school parking lot on Old Fort Road, across from the fire station.

At the official Arbor Day program City of Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop will lead presenters.  Among the presentations, Mayor Winthrop will proclaim April 27, 2018, Arbor Day and will recognize the Tree House for its educational innovation as well as the late Vice Principal Jaime Crowley for his educational leadership.  A tree will be planted in Vice Principal Crowley’s honor after remarks are made.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The Tree House will open its doors for an Open House at 12:30 pm and the Arbor Day program and tree planting will begin at 2:00 pm.

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.