(Pictured Ronnie Fatulli in 1979. The lobster weighed 30 pounds!)

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Newport Lobster Shack and Fishermen of Newport will honor Ronnie Fatulli for his lifelong commitment to the commercial fishing industry of Newport, his love of the working waterfront and his successful efforts to insure a permanent commercial pier in the City of Newport.

Business owners, locals and tourists alike are invited to join in the celebration at State Pier #9 located at 150 Long Warf, Newport, RI. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00AM and will feature speeches by Mayor Harry Winthrop, Director of the DEM, Janet Coit, Bill Palumbo and Alan Eagles. A plaque will be presented to Mr. Fatulli for his service and The Lobster Shack pavilion will be renamed the ‘Ronnie Fatulli Pavilion.’

“We are forever indebted to Ronnie for preserving a piece of the Newport waterfront for the commercial fishing industry,” said David Spencer, “this ceremony and dedication of the pavilion is our way of thanking him for all he’s done.”

The Newport Lobster Shack is a cooperative from which Newport’s fishermen sell their catch directly to the public, guaranteeing it to be the freshest around. They are open daily for folks to celebrate National Lobster Day, or any day, with a fresh, locally-caught Newport lobster!

The Newport Lobster Shack was founded in 2009 by the Fishermen in Newport. They sell live and prepared lobsters & crab, and live conch. Current Hours are: Kitchen: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30am-8pm; Live Market: Thursday-Monday 10am-6pm www.NewportLobsterShack.com

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

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.