What's Up Newp

Here’s a look at the latest headlines on whatsupnewp.com, the latest COVID-19 and vaccination data, and a roundup of other Newport County-related news out there.

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  • East Bay Community Action Program in Newport is among 8 organizations across the state that will share more than $33 million in federal funding to boost coronavirus vaccination efforts. [AP News]
  • A bill sponsored by Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown) that would authorize the use of automated traffic-speed camera-enforcement systems on all state and local roads within the state, not just in school zones will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. [General Assembly]
  • Rhode Island health officials are closely monitoring a recent rise of infections among 10- to 14-year olds, as the unvaccinated age group has become more active and mobile over the past month. [WPRI]


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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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.