Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – Nov. 4, 2010

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved Costco adding a gasoline station to their location on Congress Ave, north of Clint Moore Road, across from the Boca Country Club. Despite initial opposition to Costco when first proposed, noone opposed the addition at the meeting.
Boca’s Back Room Blues Bar is closing as of Nov. 20. Reopening elsewhere is a possibility.
County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams, who serves as a board member of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), announced the recent approval of an I-95 resurfacing project between Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has allocated over $5 million for this resurfacing project and will be hiring local contractors to perform the work. “This is a good example of bringing home state tax money to benefit our community”, said Abrams. “FDOT will be hiring local contractors to perform this necessary maintenance work and no local tax money is required,” he added. The 6.8 miles of resurfacing will take place on northbound I-95 from South of Linton Blvd to South of Boynton Beach Blvd. The project is scheduled to begin around May 2011 and be completed by September 2011. FDOT said that the work will be done at night to minimize the impact on local traffic.
Memories Milestones and Memoirs, A Writing Workshop, Emily Rosen, Instructor, will begin a new session Three Mondays Nov 1, 8, 15 - from 12:30 to 3 PM at the Boca Raton Community Center call for more info: 561.393.7995,
Sound Tree Entertainment brings Disney Channel stars Anna Margaret, Jasmine Sagginario, and Ryan Newman to Rock Out This Planet with performances at the upcoming 2010 Wyland Living Green Fair set to take root in Downtown Boca on Saturday afternoon, November 6th. Free and open-to-the-public fan fun begins at 1 p.m. with an up close and personal autograph-signing session with all three Disney stars, followed by 2010 Young Artist Award recipient Ryan Newman for her role in Disney Channels Zeke and Luther taking the stage at 2:30 p.m. to host an eco-friendly fashion show. Newman will open the show with her debut song If You Wanna Go that encouraging kids to have confidence to follow their dreams.
At 4:30 p.m. Radio Disneys Next Best Thing winner Jasmine Sagginario whose hit songs include Make a Movie, The Next Me, and Boy Crazy will be the opening act for the Anna Margaret concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater; tickets are $12 for general admission purchased online through www.livinggreenfair.com with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Wyland Foundation (www.wylandfoundation.org).
Noted Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson will headline the Nov. 9 7:30 a.m. West Boca Chamber of Commerce breakfast sponsored by eBarbershop.com at Boca Lago Country Club. RSVP to info@westbocachamber.com or call 482.9333.
Vices, A Love Story opens at Caldwell Theatre on Nov. 12. Get tickets at www.caldwelltheatre.com.
The youngest twin daughters of Nat King Cole, Timolin and Casey Cole, will commemorate their father while raising funds for music education by hosting Nat King Cole Generation Hopes Stardust Affair on November 20. The Cole twins founded the organization (www.natkingcolefoundation.org), a non-profit foundation that supports music education in public schools, in 2008. Music legend Johnny Mathis will attend the Stardust Affair, where he will receive the Nat King Cole Lifetime Achievement Award of Unforgettable Music. Mrs. Nat King Cole will join her twin daughters in honoring Mr. Mathis and in commemorating her late husband 45 years after his passing; Nat King Cole would have turned 90 this year. In addition, Nat King Coles brother, international recording artist Freddy Cole, will perform. Boca Raton philanthropists Brooke and Michael Toppel will serve as the honorary chairs for The Stardust Affair. Phil Keating, national correspondent for Fox News, will serve as the emcee. The event will take place at the Boca Raton Resorts Beach Club at 7 p.m. and will feature live music entertainment, a silent auction, dinner and dancing under the stars overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Proceeds will help further music education in South Florida schools, reaching kids with the greatest need and fewest resources. Call 561-213-8209 for ticket information.
The Palm Beach County office of the American Jewish Committee will hold its 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Trump International Golf Club, 3505 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Thursday, December 2nd, 6:00 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $125. Call 561-994-7286 or visit palmbeach@ajc.org. The evening includes cocktails and a lavish buffet. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday eve.
Movies opening this week include A Film Unfinished, Due Date, For Colored Girls and Megamind 3D.
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 (www.westbocachamber.com), with a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com. His website is www.publicrelations.nu and his email is pr@publicrelations.nu. His blog is also on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com/. You can friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barryepstein or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to: bocaspindoctor@gmail.com.

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