Yarnbombs on the parking meters in Washington Square on Thursday morning

Wondering what the talk of the town was around Newport in February?

While covering dozens of events and posting hundreds of stories in the month of February, it’s the news that’s unexpected, original and breaking news that saw the most traffic on our site.

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10. SVF Foundation to host Annual Visitors Day on June 16th

9. Newport Blues Inn, Black Duck Inn sell for combined price of $2.5 million

8. Food scraps being wasted at Rhode Island public schools, Pell Elementary waste prompts new legislation

7. Adele Turner Inn, Victorian Ladies Inn purchased by Landings Capital & Development

6. Middletown man wanted by Newport Police for shooting at Festival Field

5.  Tall Ship Eagle and Tall Ship Sagres will visit Newport this spring

4. Owners of Rosemary & Thyme opening second restaurant in Newport, Rustica to open on April 12th (Updated)

3. Rosemary & Thyme expands, Rustica Kitchen opens on lower Thames Street

2. Diego’s Barrio Cantina set to open in Middletown tonight

1 (Most-Read). Why Yarnbombs were removed from Washington Square on Thursday

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2 – Tall Ship Eagle and Tall Ship Sagres will visit Newport this spring…

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3 – Food scraps being wasted at Rhode Island public schools, Pell Elementa…

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4 – Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover sets ambitious sustainability goals…

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5 – SVF Foundation to host Annual Visitors Day on June 16th…

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6 – Newport Rugby will take on Providence Rugby inside the walls of Fort A…

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7 – Why Yarnbombs were removed from Washington Square on Thursday…

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8 – Smoke House reopens for the season on April 29th…

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9 – Shift Drinks: Alyssa Gladchun, The Coffee Grinder…

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10 – Rail Explorers set to open for 2018 season on May 12th…

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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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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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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