Middletown, RI – Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted a beach cleanup for International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15, 2018. 73 volunteers of all ages worked together on this beautiful Saturday morning to remove 198 pounds of debris from the shoreline on Easton’s Beach including hundreds of cigarette butts, dozens of food wrappers, construction material and more.

COA is hosting a beach cleanup this Saturday, September 22 at Pheasant Drive Beach in Portsmouth. Additional parking will be available at the Newport Beach Club. No registration required, all are welcome!

For more information on COA, visit www.cleanoceanaccess.org.


Photo: Joe Lee (right) and friend are excited to be a part of a community event where they can help give back to their community.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

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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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