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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 – Firefighters battle four-alarm fire at The Wayfinder Hotel

2 – St. Philomena School Student chosen as the winner for Rhode Island in Doodle for Google Student Contest

3 – Free hop-on-hop-off bus service will be offered in Newport this summer

4 – What’s Up This Memorial Day Weekend: May 27 – 30

5 – Coastal Medical closes half its laboratories

6 – What Sold: 20 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (May 16 – 20)

7 – Concert Review and Photos: The Who rock TD Garden

8 – Election 2022: Texas school shooting a call to action among RI candidates

9 – Rogue Island Comedy Festival returns this weekend to Aquidneck Island with thirteen shows

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

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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.