Photo via Bill Clarke, Escobar Farm Corn Maze

September has come to an end and we’re looking back at what was hot, popular, and most-read.

More than 108,000 unique users visited our website in September, resulting in more than a quarter of a million page views.

Here’s a look at some of the most-read and popular stories last month;

  1. Middletown woman selected by Lay’s to star on new potato chip bags
  2. Tractor-trailer crashes on Jamestown Bridge, all westbound traffic temporarily stopped
  3. Live Blog – Election 2020: Results, updates for Newport City Council At-Large, Third Ward…
  4. What’s up in Newport County this Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 4 – 7
  5. City of Newport: Easton’s Beach moves into the shoulder season
  6. What’s Up Newp’s Voter Guide – 2020 General Election: Newport City Council
  7. Giusto will open on September 8th at Hammetts Hotel
  8. CCRI offering free Dental Assistant and Patient Support Specialist training programs
  9. Escobar Farm Corn Maze opens for season
  10. Justin McLaughlin withdraws from 2020 At-Large Newport City Council race

These stories continue to be among our most popular stories and resources for information;

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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.