Friday, December 17, 2010

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – Dec. 16, 2010

The Delray Beach and West Boca Chambers of Commerce will be enjoying a joint holiday network, this Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lola’s, 16950 Jog Rd. between Clint Moore and Linton Roads, hosted by Wendy Rosano. Details are on the website,, Costs are: $10 for Chamber members and first time guests, $15 for returning guests. RSVP to or
City Furniture and Ashley Furniture will be opening on Airport Road in mid January.
Indiana based appliance and retail store HHGREGG will be opening a Boca Raton location.
County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams announced that the county has successfully procured funding through the Homeland Security Grant program to be used to increase border patrol presence along Palm Beach Countys coastline. The grant for $100,000 requires no local match or tax dollars. These funds were made available through Operation Stonegarden to assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in their ongoing efforts in securing local borders. More specifically, the money received will be used for overtime to provide additional patrols associated with crime suppression operations and intercepting those who have illegally crossed our borders.
Porn sites are closer to getting their own address on the Internet. The online red-light district would be in the form of an ".xxx" domain name suffix alongside longstanding ones such as ".com" and ".org." Following a decade-long battle, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, voted Friday to proceed with a contract with ICM Registry LLC to sell domain names ending in ".xxx." Palm Beach based ICM Registry already has 189,000 "pre-registrations" for ".xxx" sites and expects to register roughly 500,000 new sites when it launches the registry in the second quarter of 2011.
The 34th annual City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade will be Saturday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. from the C-15 canal (Boca-Delray city limits) south to the Broward County line, sponsored by Summit Brokerage, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Marine Industries of PBC, barry r. epstein associates and others.
Temple Beth Shira 5th annual Yard Sale will be Sunday December 19th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 912-1453 for one of the only 200 spaces available. 5,000 attended last year. They expect 6,000 this year.
The next concert of the swing and jazz preservation society season at the Spanish River Church, 2400 Yamato Road is Dec. 21. Tickets are $18 for members, $26 for nonmembers. Subscriptions are available at $102 for six shows. Membership in the society is $30 the first year, $25 thereafter. Visit or call 561-499-9976.
The Ultimate Jersey Boys tribute concert, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons will be the Temple Beth Shira fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. Call 912-1453 for the $35 tickets.
The Jewish War Veterans of Palm Beach County are holding their next meeting on January 16th, 2011 at 9 a.m at the Hagan Ranch Road Fire Station north of Atlantic Ave on the west side of Hagen Ranch Road in Delray Beach . New Veterans members from all WARS are welcomed as well as regular members. Free Coffee, Bagels etc. included. Cpl. Burt Richards of The Veterans Speakers Forum for educating School students will speak on the accomplishments the veterans have had since last meeting. The programs are designed to educate the students in Palm Beach County Schools and more speakers are needed. Friends and guests are welcomed. For more information, call 561-734-4527.
FAU’s Living Room Theatre is showing the best of the movies. This past week they screened Ahead of Time, Hemingway’s Garden of Eden, Client 9, The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Leaving, Soul Kitchen and Last Train Home. New movies opening Friday include: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and Related Fields, Wasteland and White Material.
Movies opening this week at other theatres include Black Swan, The Fighter, Tron 3D, Yogi Bear 3D and How Do You Know.Black Swan will be an Academy Award winning contender for best Actress.
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 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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