October was a very busy month for the What’s Up Newp Crew and for traffic on whatsupnewp.com. Here are the stories that were most-read and that got the most attention during the tenth month of the year.

1 (Most Read) Jay Leno, supporters raise more than $30,000 for Newport firefighter battling cancer

2 Daffodillion announces end of program; two final chances to grab free daffodil bulbs

3 Newport Bicycle permanently closes

4 Newport Blues Inn becomes Paws on Pelham, grand opening celebration planned for October 26th

5 Safe Harbor Marinas acquires Newport Shipyard

6 Chaves’ Gardens sells property, will continue to operate business onsite

7 Inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week wows Newport

8 Armory Antiques Marketplace permanently closes

9 Report details causes of January natural gas outage

10 Tickets now available for Newport Mansions’ Christmas festivities

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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.

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.