In an effort to connect the community with locally owned and run businesses in northern Newport County, the vendors and EFC North worship campus at Patriots Plaza in Portsmouth will be opening their doors this Saturday, August 25 from 9am to noon for a family friendly Open House. This casual event will give folks an opportunity to view and experience the many family-centric services offered at the plaza, including math tutoring, salon, dance, sewing, knitting, accessories and personal gift items, as well as contemporary worship. Along with raffles, giveaways, tours and the introduction of the many new program and services available, hot coffee, fresh baked donuts, juice and popcorn will be served.

What: Patriots Plaza Open House
When: Saturday, August 25; 9am to noon (photos available any time)
Where: 14 Potomac Road, Portsmouth (Corner of East Main Rd and Potomac Rd)

Participants include:

  • Alves & Company, 401-683-4827
  • EFC North Campus Church, 401-293-5170,
  • Mathnasium, 401-683-6284,
  • Stage Door Dance, 401-683-5299,
  • Steph’s Salon & Spa, 401-293-5537, www.stefssalonandspacom
  • The Stitchery, 401-556-5543,

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.