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

While covering dozens of events and posting hundreds of stories in the month of October, it’s the news that’s unexpected, original and breaking news that saw the most traffic on www.whatsupnewp.com.

More than 53,600 unique visitors made these posts the top 10 most-read stories in October, according to Google Analytics;


10 – Podcast: Colin Kane discusses Hammetts Wharf Hotel, future plans of Newport Yachting Center property

9 – Ground to be broken on new Hammetts Wharf Hotel in downtown Newport on October 23

8 – Navy Gateway Inns & Suites nearing completion, ribbon-cutting set for November 1st

7 – Man, woman from Quincy, MA die after water rescue off of Beavertail State Park (Updated)

6 – What’s In A Name? The Origin Of Newport Street Names and Landmarks

5 – You Probably Didn’t Know All These Actors and Actresses Have Ties To Newport

4 – Million Dollar Listing: Commodore William Edgar House on Old Beach Road sells for more than $3.5 million

3 – Now Hiring: 80+ businesses are hiring right now in and around Newport (Oct. 3)

2 – Home on Powel Avenue destroyed in multi-alarm fire (updated)

1 (Most-Read) – Female rescued from water near Goat Island, condition unknown (updated)

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.

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.