Christine Conniff Sheahan
Networking® Magazine Publisher
Spring is finally here, although more tentatively than in past years. My older son, Denis, was born on April 30, and we always said that the leaves on the trees always appeared by his birthday. This year the greening is behind schedule, especially here where we live on eastern Long Island, but I saw this morning, April 25, that the trees were opening their leaves and everything again seems right with the world… as it should be by the merry month of May.
Our cover story for May is an inspiring one Christine Giordano has written about dynamic singing star Debbie Gibson. We caught up with Debbie at the Celebrity Sports Forum for the Head Injury Association fundraiser at the Long Island Sheraton Hotel. She has also founded her own charity, Gibson Girl Foundation, which is planning a fundraiser for underprivileged children at Oheka Castle on May 2. The story begins on page 14.
I attended the Matrix Awards again this year which is the exciting celebrity-studded event hosted by New York Women in Communication, Inc. at the Waldorf=Astoria. The 2011 theme was “Women Who Change the World.” See the picture story beginning on page 10.
In the Opinion column of our green section, Networking® magazine 2020: Guide to Going Green, professor, writer and television host Karl Grossman has written a thought-provoking piece entitled “Are We Ready to Replace Nuclear Energy? ” in which he outlines the clean, renewable energy alternatives to nuclear power. It is an informative look at all forms of energy and the story is on page 19.
Golfer and business executive Laura Palker has written an interesting article about how golfing can help hone your business skills while you are out there having fun on the course. Her article makes any golfer want to dust off the clubs and get out to the driving range. It is on page 26. Now is the month to make sure your golfing event is in our golf notebook and your ad is in our June/July issue.
I know that I am influenced by spring fever. I’m sitting here speaking with our contributing editor Sally Gilhooley about my periodic lust to escape the work-a-day world and take my car for a few days to destinations unknown, preferably north. I do ask my husband to come with me, but he is usually on a deadline with his magazines HOUSE, and the Builder Remodeler, and instead has given me his blessings. He’d rather prefer to plan our adventures complete with things like hotel reservations and an itinerary, etc. Denis by nature is a very organized person and I give thanks for the fact that he balances me.
Sally reminded me of the time I left New York a few years ago and wandered up to Glouchester, Massachusetts for a long weekend during the summer. I had a great time visiting places I have never been. Finding a hotel room on or near the water in Glouchester on a holiday weekend was a challenge, but doable, and I was very much moved by seeing where the film, “A Perfect Storm,” originated. I visited art galleries, ate in waterside restaurants, read more than one book and wished that Denis were there, although I knew he was happy playing golf.
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Christine Conniff Sheahan
Networking® magazine’s next edition will be our June/July special Arts and Entertainment double issue, “Around the Corner,” featuring chambers of commerce, shops, museums, galleries, parks, restaurants, theatres, hotels, music venues and all the special places that make Long Island a wonderful place for all of us. We will celebrate Long Island’s great big beautiful backyard in this sure-to-be-saved double issue and guide. Advertise and be what everyone’s talking about. Call Monique Attar at 516-885-1899 to reserve ad space today. The deadline is Monday, May 16th.