Residents, parents, taxpayers and students from Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport are being invited to attend and participate in The Future of Our Island High Schools Public Forum on Monday, October 28th.

The public forum, which is being hosted by Newport This Week, is scheduled from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the CCRI Auditorium in Newport.

Neil Steinberg, President and CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, will serve as Speaker and Panel Moderator.

Panelists will include;

Christine Johnson – Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools

Christine Lopes-Metcalfe – Chief Executive Officer, School Building Authority, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

Tim Duffy – Executive Director of Rhode Island Association of School Committees

Marvin Abney, State Representative District 73, Newport and Middletown and Chairman House Committee on Finance

Lou DiPalma, State Senator District 12, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton and Little Compton and Member, Senate Committee on Education

Newport This Week will host “Understanding Regionalization” Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the CCRI auditorium in Newport.

Send questions, concerns or comments you would like addressed at either public forum to

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 -

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.