Scales & Shells. Photo provided by Scales & Shells
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It was a busy week in Newport County and across Rhode Island. Here’s what stories our readers were reading the most.

Top Stories

1 – Gillette Stadium kicks off its 2022 concert series this week with two Garth Brooks shows

2 – Owners of Scales & Shells retiring, restaurant sold to Nautilus Restaurant LLC/Peregrine Group

3 – What’s Up Interview: Legendary artist and producer Peter Asher on The Beatles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and more

4 – Foodlove Market enhances café experience with the launch of Foodlove Provisions

5 – What Sold: 23 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (May 9 – 13)

6 – This Day in RI History: May 18, 1652 – Rhode Island becomes the first colony to pass an anti-slavery law

7 – Ragged Island Brewing Company will host grand opening on May 19

8 – Tiny Kitchen Magic: Honey Dijon Herbed Pork

9 – Fastest-growing counties in Rhode Island

10 – Common Fence Music renamed ‘Newport Live’ – Summer concert series begins June 10 with Kyshona

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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.