Alzheimer’s Association is offering on-going, virtual caregiver support groups and education programs at for those in need of our services. For additional information, contact me at 757-793-5077 or

Barbara Monteith, Development Manager
Alzheimer’s Association

I read “A Gift For Mom,” Buddy Alligood’s column in the May/June issue of Oyster Pointer. This is a marvelous story and I loved it! It is great that Buddy has this wonderful memory with his family.

Tina Vick, Vice Mayor
City of Newport News

We received our copy of the May/June Oyster Pointer in the mail. Thank you and team for all of your dedication and hard work.

Jessena Robinson, Newport News

You have a very loyal readership and an incredible staff who are loyal as well and very talented regarding their journalistic skills. Oyster Pointer is a part of our daily lives. It keeps us informed on new businesses in the area as well as old businesses, and it allows all of us a sneak peek into the many wonderful businesses that serve the area. Thank you so much for your leadership and your commitment to keeping us all informed about Virginia Peninsula news.

Ed Olshansky, Newport News

Virginia Technical Academy (VTA) truly appreciated finding our story on the cover page of the May/June issue of Oyster Pointer. Thank you! Like Oyster Pointer’s adapting to the pandemic, VTA did likewise. We hope Oyster Pointer readers will seek our website for the most up-to-date information about those changes, including the introduction of some online course instruction. Oyster Pointer will continue to be an Oyster Point treasure — dare I say the pearl of Oyster Point?

David Gillespie, President/Founder
Virginia Technical Academy

Words are inadequate to thank you for the blessing of seeing our practice featured on the cover of the March issue. Although I’ve been featured many times over the years in professional publications, I have never been so proud and touched by any feature as I was yours. Beautifully written by Karen Eure Wilson — truly inspired. For the first time, I feel “captured” in my heart and soul. I’ve forever been a fan of Oyster Pointer and the brilliant portrayals and guest contributions that have been featured over the years. You have brought us together and kept a community in touch. You have reached well beyond the borders of Oyster Point and offered inclusive coverage of neighboring areas, bringing us a sense of connection that is increasingly hard to find in our busy digital world. I love you, Oyster Pointer! You’re a priceless treasure. You’re not only relevant; you’re indispensable to our sense of community!

Lisa Marie Samaha, DDS 
Port Warwick Dental Arts

Thank you for your feature in the Oyster Pointer March publication “Meet the Design Team: Sara and Stewart Sanders.” I have enjoyed working with Sara for years on my “Travelwise” columns, and it is nice to now put a “face with a name”!

Nancy B. Alligood, CTC
General Manager/Owner
Warwick Travel Service

Just completed reading the March Oyster Pointer. A great community paper. Thank you!

Sister David Ann Niski, Executive Director 
Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation Inc.

A friend told me she saw my picture on page 26 of the January Oyster Pointer in the article about the Sentara Healthcare Food Pharmacy Program. Thank you for sharing this story. Karen Joyner, chief executive director of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, is awesome.

Larry R. Back, Newport News

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be included in the January Oyster Pointer. We have heard great feedback about the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities feature. I appreciate your service to the community and hope to see you soon to thank you in person.

Jonathan Zur, Executive Director 
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Thank you for featuring the MLK Food Drive and Day of Service on the cover of the January Oyster Pointer. This exposure helped to bring in the equivalent of approximately 23,000 meals and more than 200 volunteers to the Foodbank on that day alone. In addition, we have received phone calls inquiring about volunteer opportunities year around as a direct result of this story. The feature on our Food Pharmacy at Sentara CarePlex was an added surprise for us! We are proud of our partnership with Sentara to assist those with congestive heart failure in learning to eat more nutritiously in order to improve their health and lessen their chances of hospital readmission. Food is medicine.

Karen Joyner, Chief Executive Officer 
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

I just saw the February Oyster Pointer. Thank you for reaching out to me for the fun “bio” for the Point Blank feature. It looks great!

Robbie Walker,
President Certified Marine Chemist (CMC) 
Marine Chemist Service, Inc.


Thank you so much for Allan Hanrahan’s awesome article in your November issue! “Charting Smithfield’s Art Pathway” covers all of the gala art venues in the Smithfield area. Thank you again for your newspaper!

Robbie Perrotti Younger
Painted Garden Gallery, Smithfield

On behalf of the entire Misonix team, we are grateful for Karen Eure Wilson’s wonderful story about our company [December issue]. We never miss an issue of Oyster Pointer and appreciate you and your talented group’s contributions to our community.

Guy Levy, Co-founder,
Solsys Medical
Wound Care Division of Misonix, Inc.

Thank you for showcasing the achievements of Black Child Development Institute – Hampton Roads, the state affiliate for the National Black Child Development Institute [this issue, page 24]. I was so very excited about this opportunity!

I had a great interview with Christian Chance and appreciate the photos taken by Cathy Welch. This opportunity will help to build our brand locally, as we are exposed even more to the community. Thank you again.

Darlene D. M. Walker, President, BCDI – Hampton Roads Affiliate
National Black Child Development Institute

We were delighted to have been featured in the June issue of Oyster Pointer and look forward to welcoming old and new friends to Charlotte’s Cafe. Please note that our cafe phone number is 757-599-9400 or 757-599-9300; call us to reserve a table, order take out or delivery, and to answer your catering needs.

Lynn Harmonay, Charlotte’s Cafe

Thank you for featuring Frank & Shapiro in the July issue of Oyster Pointer.
We appreciate the exposure and thank Nancy Sykes, who was a pleasure to work with.

Leonard Frank, Frank & Shapiro

Thank you for featuring Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) on the front page of the May issue of Oyster Pointer. We are grateful for the exposure, and Karen Eure Wilson did a wonderful job of sharing our story and capturing the significant impact that our Clubs have on our kids and teens. BGCVP has much to offer our area’s youth, and we encourage people to visit our website,, for more information. We couldn’t help as many kids as we do without the support of our local business community.

Michele E. Benson, CFRE, Chief Development Officer, Boys & Girls, Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

Brian Cole’s column in the April issue (Viewpoint) was a beautifully written and loving glimpse into his relationship with his horse, Major. Loved reading it and feeling it.

Chris Chance, Newport News

Just read the beautiful and moving April Viewpoint column written by Brian Cole about his relationship with his horse. I felt the love between man and horse. We humans should treat the animals that become part of our family with love and kindness. It is obvious that Brian does. Thank you for sharing

Brenda Epps, Newport News

Loved reading about your birthday trip in Musings in the April issue. Like you, I love being surrounded by books. When I began using my Nook I thought I would have trouble switching over, but now 1,800 books later I am able to keep all I love. When I’m old and broke I’ll have a new library as I won’t be able to remember them!

Sharyn Fox, Newport News

Thank you for featuring Dynamic Transition in the April issue. We enjoyed reading it. However please note these corrections: The headline should have read “Dynamic Transition: Providing in-home functional movement programs for seniors and the chronically ill.”

Our phone number should be 757-642-8001. Michael is our founder and the functional movement specialist and I am co-founder and business manager. We appreciate your reaching out to us.

Anna Glider, Michael Hildebrand, Dynamic Transition

Just picked up the March Oyster Pointer. The cover article [H. Bobby Garofalis, DDS] was especially interesting to us because we only knew of Dr. Bobby as the director of the Greek youth dancing. We also know of Gus’s Hotdogs but had no idea who filled the Cheese Whiz bottles. Quite an interesting guy. Thank you!

Bill and Jimmie Espich, Newport News

A friend sent a message to me here in Florida a couple days ago referencing your February Musings column in Oyster Pointer. She proceeded to tell me about your memories of seeing “Jeff and Bonnie” not once, but twice in Key West years ago. I went on the Internet and read the column and smiled! As they say, “Thanks for the memories!”

Jeff Spigel, Jupiter, Florida

Thank you for all that you do at Oyster Pointer. It is so nice to have a publication that shares what is good in the world.

Jennifer Brown, President/CEO
Community Knights

Many thanks for the wonderful article… Greatly appreciated. Wishing you all the best in this New Year!

Teri Zodda, Roomscapes by Tz

You all are such a gift to our community. I can’t imagine life without the Oyster Pointer! Blessings to you and the entire Oyster Pointer team.

Lisa Marie Samaha, DDS
Port Warwick Dental Arts

You and your husband must have a birthday every month instead of every year. A report on the trips is in almost every issue of the Oyster Pointer.

Randy Simmons

Editor’s note: Thanks for reading Oyster Pointer! Actually, our trips span 26 years, with two birthday trips and one anniversary trip each year. Some of our trips dip way, way back but are such fond and fun memories that we love sharing them with our readers!

Thank you to Oyster Pointer and Karen Eure Wilson for allowing me the opportunity in the October issue to share my personal story expressing the pride and passion I feel in serving the citizens of our city. May what you say and do uplift the City of Newport News!

McKinley L. Price, DDS
Mayor, City of Newport News

We are so grateful for the wonderful article in the October Oyster Pointer highlighting our long history of service to people with disabilities and our new expansion in Oyster Point! We continue to focus on expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to live and thrive as full members of our community. Thanks for all you do to strengthen our community.

Kasia Grzelkowski, President/CEO
VersAbility Resources

Thank you to Terilyn Goins for the great article in the September issue about our salon and our wonderful team!

Tamra Hollowell
Tamra Hollowell Salon & Spa

We are so very pleased with the article Terilyn Goins did on Yes Chef in the November issue. She truly captured Yes Chef and we so appreciate her passion to do so! Thank you for a great print!

Judy Pennino, Yes Chef Restaurant
Equipment & Supplies

Thank you for your wonderful article on the sailing team, “Christopher Newport University Varsity Sailing” by Cathy Welch in the June issue. It was very well written and was one of the best articles written on sailing by a “non-sailor.” Thank you again!

Maxwell, J. Pharr ’11
Head Sailing Coach
Christopher Newport University

We are so excited about the article in Oyster Pointer! Thank you for the wonderful story. I can’t wait to get a hard copy and have it framed for our office!

Meg Forsberg
Director of Marketing and Communications
Girls on the Run Hampton Roads

Great to see that Oyster Pointer is doing well! I picked up a copy today in my dentist’s office and was glad to see some book recommendations from your recent issue. I have ordered two of your selections and look forward to the reads. Congratulations on the great work you do. Oyster Pointer looks terrific.

Don Cuthrell, Williamsburg

Thank you so much for the amazing article about Hip+Innovative Studio Boutique published in the March issue. Terilyn Goins did a great job listening and understanding what we are all about. So many great outreach opportunities that are happening, and Hip has really grown and become a great place for people to gather and create—my vision! Sentara has reached out to us and is sponsoring our First Friday events as well as some upcoming Be Well series, where we focus on the wellness of women in our community.
We have another Night Market: Artists Against Trafficking to raise funds for “Restoring Hope,” a shelter being created for Trafficked individuals in our area. And we plan an arts weekend during the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival, involving local art demos, pop ups, Taste & Talks (Master Chocolatier from Virginia Beach and Iron Clad Chocolate/Bourbon), Wine Sommelier and Schlesingers for wine tasting and Discover Teas will be hosting a tea blending class.

Anna Hubbard,
Hip+Innovative Studio Boutique

Congratulations on all your accolades and awards. I do so enjoy your Oyster Pointer. I read it cover to cover twice each issue. Thank you for your ongoing improvements to our community.

Melissa L. Burroughs,
Commercial Banking Team Leader
Hampton Roads Division, Fulton Bank

Thank you for the wonderful article in July’s Oyster Pointer! It tells the story of the Foodbank perfectly. We appreciate the awareness the story brings to the issue of food insecurity and how the community can be a part of the solution.

Karen Joyner, Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Thank you for including our Hampton Roads Sports Media Hall of Fame in your July issue. Special thanks to Karen Eure Wilson as well. Well done, much appreciated.

Greg Bicouvaris, Founder, Hampton Roads
Sports Media Hall of Fame

Thank you so much for publishing the article on F3 Hampton Roads. We really appreciate the time Cathy Welch spent on this. It was really well done.

Tyler Hudson, F3 Hampton Roads

Thanks so much to Cathy Welch for the June feature, Angel Pets. I loved the tone of the story and appreciated being featured.

Dr. Melanie Cohen
Angel Pets

We really enjoyed the article Cathy Welch and Cassandra Bates did for us in the June issue. Thank you so much!

Young and Jay Choi
City Center Ice Cream

Thank you for featuring Virginia Creative Group in the June Oyster Pointer. Kelli Caplan was great to work with; she really captured my passion for our clients and company. We are very grateful for the wonderful coverage and exposure you have given to Virginia Creative Group.

Carol Hayes
Virginia Creative Group

Love the Oyster Pointer—huge fan of being “in the know” every month in Hampton Roads, thanks to your issues. Happy New Year!

Kelly Slusher, Newport News

Thank you so very much for the wonderful article you and your staff wrote about Newport News tourism in your December issue of Oyster Pointer. I appreciate all you’ve done over the years to assist in our marketing efforts and your continued support of our endeavors as well. What a great friendship we’ve had over so many years and how fortunate and blessed we are to work together in this great city!

Cindy Brouillard, Director of Tourism
Newport News Tourism, Development Office

Thank you so much for delivering great news of the Oyster Pointer winning first place for the article Cathy Welch wrote about the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival! I will display the plaque and article in a prominent place for all to see. You all do a great job, and the recognition is very much deserved!

Debi Ernest, Executive Director
Port Warwick Foundation

Thank you so much for thinking of doing an article about our law firm [November issue]. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Nancy Sykes; she was delightful. I have received so many phone calls and emails congratulating us on the feature, as well as people I run into in court. Appreciate your support of us.

Cathy Krinick, Krinick, Segall & Lawrence
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Thanks so much for the wonderful article written by Cathy Welch for the December Oyster Pointer. This is probably the first time I was the subject of a positive article, and it felt good!

Tommy Meehan
C.D. West & Company Real Estate

Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of Oyster Pointer! This is a fantastic accomplishment and one you should be immensely proud of. Thank you for continuing to be a reliable source of news for Newport News and surrounding communities. I look forward to the next 30 years!

Senator T. Montgomery Mason

Virginia Senate, 1st District

Congratulations on Oyster Pointer’s 30-year anniversary! Walton Press is proud to be your printer, partner and friend! May we look forward to many great years to come.

Your friends at Walton Press

Wow, 30 years! What a success story for you, Oyster Pointer and the Oyster Point business park! I have fond memories of meeting you and being a part of the growth process! I still enjoy reading the Oyster Pointer and thank you again for sending it! Keep up the good work and do it happily and with a song in your heart!

Ruth Blanchard, Tucson, AZ

Congratulations on the 30th anniversary! And thank you for all of the great coverage you give to Point Option. Your articles decorate our hallways.

Mike Bonfiglio, M.Ed, Principal
Point Option Non-Traditional H.S.

We want to say happy birthday to you because it is a birthday of sorts—the birth of the Oyster Pointer, which we love to read! Congratulations on 30 years of enlightenment, creativity and pleasure.

Meryl and Bob Kessler, Newport News

I totally enjoyed the October Oyster Pointer, especially the oldie goldie pictures.

Suzanne A. Hughes, TowneBank

Congratulations on 30 years of the Oyster Pointer. Its staying power is particularly remarkable when you think about how much the communications and publishing landscapes have changed during that time period. You and your staff should be commended for adapting over time, which has allowed the publication to remain relevant and to flourish. I really enjoyed reading the 30th anniversary edition and the theme that so many of those businesses have grown up right alongside the Oyster Pointer, because they have, as has the city.

Jennifer Williams, Newport News

Congratulations on the anniversary issue of the Oyster Pointer.

Sister David Ann Niski, Executive Director
Bernandine Franciscan Sisters Foundation

Congratulations to you and your team! 30 years—always informative, interesting and enjoyable!

Charlie Rhodes, Newport News

You are to be commended for all your work in making the Oyster Pointer the success that it is. What a contribution you make to Oyster Point and to greater Newport News.

William J. Heisler, Ph.D., Troy University

Thank you for including me in the 30th anniversary issue. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the issue and am looking forward to the next 30 years!

Vince Joseph
Rebound Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Thank you for including me in your 30th anniversary issue. It was fun looking back.

Benjamin T. Watson DDS, PLC

Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone. Your publication continues to inform and entertain each month and is eagerly anticipated. Love the human-interest columns and have found the articles a great resource. Long may you wave. You are truly our hometown paper.

Linda Roesen, Affiliated Podiatrists, P.C.

Wishing the Oyster Pointer and its wonderful editor-in-chief, Sylvia, a very happy 30th anniversary. You do it all with such grace and style and that ever fabulous smile.

Joanne Gordon, Hauser’s Jewelers

CONGRATULATIONS upon 30 years of success as an entrepreneur/publisher…and of service to our community…through publication of the Oyster Pointer. Without question, you have made a positive difference in our community, through your community-focused newspaper and personally through your extensive community involvement. Proud to be your friend for 30+ years! Best wishes for continued success.

Gordon L. Gentry, TowneBank

Another congratulations to your successful 30 years. You have done a marvelous job of helping so many people and businesses prosper—including my practice. The anniversary issue of the Oyster Pointer is very cool! Thanks again!

Kim Charney, Charney Chiropractic
Back Rehab and Wellness

Congratulations to you and the Oyster Pointer team on your 30th anniversary. Thank you for continuing to promote the individuals, companies and organizations that make our business community great! Cheers!

Jeffrey Clemons
Senior Vice President, Peninsula Executive
Old Point National Bank

Congratulations to the Oyster Pointer on its 30th year in publication. Wow!

We have seen tremendous growth in the quality of the paper over the years with innovative stories, featured business personalities and helpful columns. We are especially proud of our mother, the publisher and editor! We know how devoted she is to bringing the highest quality publication to its readers. She demonstrates how doing what she loves results in loving what she does. Proud of you, Mommy!

Roberta Weinstein Vittozzi
Lorri Weinstein Hanna
Shelley Weinstein Crawford
Lisa Weinstein Mazzei

Thank you for such a wonderful article about Alex [Maryaskin] and our store [“Stretching the Point: Simply Unique Jewelry Designs,” September issue]. We have received quite a response and for this, we thank you very much for the article and the exposure you gave us.

Tim Wright, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs

Thanks to you and your staff for the wonderful article that was written about Michele and me [“Arnie and Michele Beresh: Devotion, Fun and Making Moments Count,” October issue]. Our appreciation to you for your continued support of the Alzheimer’s Association and the continuing fight to find a cure for this disease.

Arnie and Michele Beresh

You’re the BEST…great anniversary issue [October]!

Tom Waltz, Principal Broker
Campana Waltz Commercial Real Estate LLC

Congratulations on being editor of the Oyster Pointer for 30 years! That is an incredible accomplishment, and your Oyster Pointer has been responsible for area businesses to flourish and prosper because you have highlighted them in your Oyster Pointer. Sincere thanks to your outstanding and dedicated writers who are as good as the writers who work for large newspaper chains. The quality of your articles is excellent, the businesses that you highlight are varied and the articles share what services these businesses perform to the community. It is understandable why you are rewarded and recognized every year by the associations that rate these free newspapers. My wish for you is that you have 30 more successful years, and if you decide to retire before reaching 60 years of dedicated service to our community as Oyster Pointer editor, I hope that if you sell it that it will go into the hands of someone who is as capable as you and who cares about this community as much as you do. I am proud to know you and call you my friend.

Ed Olshansky
Newport News

Thank you for the article in the Oyster Pointer for October.  It was great and congratulations on 30 years! We were proud to be part of this issue and issues going forth.

Amy J. Dever
Business Manager
Malvin, Riggins & Company, P.C.