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.