Some good news in regards to Newport was the most-popular story of the week!

Newport was named the friendliest and most welcoming place in America-while Matera, Italy topped the international list. 

Here’s a look at what else What’sUpNewp readers were reading this week;

  1. Newport named the friendliest and most welcoming place in America
  2. What Sold: 16 Newport County real estate sales, transactions (August 1 – 5)
  3. Rhode Islanders returning from Block Island brawl on ferry
  4. Here are the 47 cruise ships that are currently scheduled to visit Newport, August – November
  5. More than 200 swimmers cross Narragansett Bay in Save The Bay’s annual Swim fundraiser
  6. What’s Up Interview: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, playing Bold Point with Buddy Guy Saturday August 13
  7. Gerry Goldstein: Humanity in history, from racism to Roe
  8. RI Shakespeare Rep to present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at John Brown House in Providence Aug. 12-14
  9. Cities with the fastest-growing home prices in Rhode Island
  10. Election 2022: Endorsements … Endorsements … and more Endorsements

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.