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What issues matter most to you in your neighborhood, in Newport, or on Aquidneck Island? We want to hear from you.

Are you receiving the news and information you need about those issues? We want to hear from you.

Are there issues or things happening out there that you don’t think are getting the attention they deserve? We want to hear from you.

What’s Up Newp invites you to join us, and your neighbors, for a conversation at The Firehouse Theater from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, January 30th.

Coffee will be provided, as well as plenty of opportunities to voice your thoughts, concerns, and opinion.

This is a free event and open to any member of the public who would like to attend. Seating is limited and first come, first served, please RSVP here –

With questions, please contact Ryan Belmore at

When: 6-8 pm on Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Where: The Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place Newport, RI 02840
RSVP: Seating is limited, please RSVP her –

This story was originally published on January 13, 2020.

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 -

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.