Newport City Hall
Newport City Hall

Due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday, the City Council hosted a meeting in remote session today at 6:30 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting. In addition to tending to regular business, the Council paid tribute to outgoing Councilors Justin S. McLaughlin and Susan Taylor.

During their regular COVID-19 update, City Manager Joe Nicholson said that he has been at home recovering from COVID-19. Nicholson said he first felt sick on October 30 and last Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19. Nicholson said he is not sure where he may have picked up the virus and called his symptoms overall “mild”. Nicholson said his staff at City Hall have been tested and have been given the “all clear”.

Nicholson made the announcement at 42:00 below.

This will be the last regular meeting for the current council. In December, the new City Council will get sworn in and will get to work.

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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.

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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.
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