On Saturday, January 12th, Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted a beach cleanup at Island Park in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where 29 volunteers helped to collect over 200 pounds of marine debris. Located on Aquidneck Island, Island Park sits on a peninsula in northeast Portsmouth. This quaint community was once the site of a popular amusement park before it was destroyed in the infamous Hurricane of 1938.

Despite the cold and windy Saturday afternoon, 29 volunteers gathered to clean the Island Park shoreline and help eliminate marine debris, including Portsmouth town councilors Linda Ujifusa and Mark Ryan, as well as other community members from Aquidneck Island. Together the volunteers worked to collect 210 pounds of trash from the coastline, including 67 plastic bags, 56, plastic beverage bottles, 54 plastic caps and lids, and 40 food wrappers and containers.

COA’s beach cleanups are made possible by the generous sponsorship of People’s Credit Union and their support of a clean local economy. Their sponsorship helps fund the beach cleanup program and supplying volunteers with cleanup kits that include items such as, grabbers, gloves, reusable bags, scales and clipboards. The 2019 beach cleanup schedule is available online: http://www.cleanoceanaccess.org/calendar/. COA also actively seeks citizen scientists to join the public access monitoring program to help preserve and protect public access to the shoreline. If you are interested in monitoring access points on Aquidneck Island sign up to volunteer online at: www.cleanoceanaccess.org/action/volunteer/.

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.