Thursday, September 2, 2010

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – Sept. 2, 2010

IHOP will be opening in the former Clock restaurant at Glades and 441 in West Boca. Should give the Original Pancake House, moving to the old Wilt’s in the Somerset Shoppes on Glades and Lyons a run for their money when the OPH moves there from Palmetto and Powerline Roads.
Democrat State Senator Maria Sachs endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist’s run for U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, failed U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene said he had no plans to run again for office.
Crime in Boca Raton was down for the first half of this year, with fewer cars stolen, fewer homes burglarized and fewer robberies reported, according to the Police Department's semi-annual review. The first six months of 2010 saw a 20 percent drop in crime compared with the first six months of 2009. Police Chief Dan Alexander credits the decrease to the addition of 14 officers in the past three years, more tipsters calling in suspicious activity and more arrests.
Mary Jane Saunders, new president of Florida Atlantic University, will be the guest speaker at the West Boca Chamber of Commerce September 14 7:30 a.m. Second Tuesday breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club, sponsored by West Boca Medical Center. Costs to attend are: $20 for members and first time guests, $45 for returning guests, if reserved by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9: $25 for members and first time guests, $50 for returning guests, if reserved after 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9; and $30 for members and first time guests, $55 for returning guests at the door. RSVP to or call 561.482.9333 for further information.
On September 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Junior League of Boca Raton will offer, "You are Not a Dinosaur," a rare social media course that to date has been tried only sporadically in San Francisco and once in Detroit. This is a free course for non-profits to learn how to maximize their marketing online. Its unique characteristic is that it will be taught on computer. Students will bring laptops. The workshop will be taught by Sharon Geltner, president of Froogle PR in Boynton Beach, who is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton. Nonprofits must reserve a seat. Call: Cathy Scheid, 561-620-2553 or e-mail:
Boca Raton philanthropist Countess Henrietta de Hoernle will be honored and celebrate her 98th birthday at the fifth annual “March of Dimes Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza” on Sept. 24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Some 31 chefs are taking part this year. A VIP “Meet the Chefs” reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. VIP tickets are $125 in advance and $150 on event day. General admission is $100 in advance and $125 on event day. The Countess has pledged a $5,000 matching grant for contributions in her honor to the March of Dimes. Mitch Feldman, CEO of West Boca Medical Center, is the event chairman. For tickets or donations, visit or call the Palm Beach County Division at 561-684-0102. .
Sunset Cove amphitheatre in the South County Regional Park in West Boca will feature Everlast with special guests Rehab on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Fall Frenzy Music Festival is an all ages/all day event with over 25 bands. Tickets are $25 at More info at
Think Pink Rocks, ( a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer and awareness of the BRCA gene for breast and ovarian cancer, based in Boca Raton, is sponsoring the Think Pink Rocks third annual charity concert event featuring recording artists from SRC Records/Universal, including AKON, Asher Roth, Melanie Fiona, Ray J, and Shontelle, along with special guest Pitbull, with proceeds benefiting Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the Boca Raton Community Hospital Womens Center for Breast Care, and other breast cancer research charities. The event is Saturday, October 9, at 7 p.m. with Pink Carpet Arrivals at 6 p.m. at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park.
Soroptimist of Boca 37th annual "Women of Distinction" awards breakfast is Wednesday, October 13th at Boca West Country Club from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information and an invitation to the $45 per person Awards Breakfast, e-mail Mariela Montgomery,
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will be Saturday, October 23rd at Mizner Park. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend with your family and loved ones.
Movies opening this week include “The American” with George Clooney (opened Wednesday), Going the Distance, Machete, The Tillman Story and Lebanon.
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (, with a weekly internet television show on His website is and his email is His blog is also on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: You can friend him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to:

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