Polo Club resident Don Kirshner died Tuesday. The funeral is today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Don Kirshner Scholarship Fund, being established by his family for emerging songwriters (70 West 36 Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10018 – 212-239-0777).
Gertrude Maxwell, Palm Beach socialite and animal activist, died yesterday at the age of 99.
Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the only statewide Democrat official, will have one of a number of Republicans angling to run against him in 2012. Already Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos and local GOP’ers Adam Hasner and Nick Loeb are said to be angling for the seat, but Haridopolos is and will be the front runner. Palm Beach County Republican Chair Sid Dinerstein was defeated in his bid to be state chair.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson is awaiting a court ruling knocking down term limits in Broward but already democratic activist Rick Neuhoff opened a campaign account for the seat.
Guests on barry epstein live friday at 10 a.m. on www.wrpbitv.com will be, Palm Beach Post gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, New Times investigative reporter Bob Norman, Senior Advisor, External Affairs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Arthur S. Berger, Movie Maven Morrie Zryl, South Florida Fair Public Relations director John Picano, Do Wop concert promoter Joey Dale, Sun-Sentinel Editorial columnist Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor and Sun-Sentinel columnist, Dr. Robert Watson. Over 32,200 viewers watch the show. Max’s Grille in Mizner Park is now serving breakfast.
The Paramount Days in Boca will headline all the great groups, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Jan. 22 at FAU auditorium. Tickets are $40, $50 and $60. Further information is at www.theparamountdaysinboca.com or call 1.800.564.9539. Don’t miss this great nostalgic show.
The Jan. 27 fourth Thursday network of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be at the offices of Alan C. Kauffman & Associates, 4400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 122, in the Sanctuary Tower, 1/4 mile south of Yamato. The Feb. 8 7:30 a.m. second Tuesday breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club, sponsored by Fresh Start Tax LLC will feature Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus. Details are on the newly redesigned website, www.westbocachamber.com where you will also find a membership application with reduced rates for 2011. Save the date for the Chambers annual scramble golf tournament on Friday the 13th of May at SouthWinds golf course. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561. 482.9333 for details.
Unicorn Childrens Foundation is partnering with Lynn University in bringing an educational conference to the community, Transitions 2011: Options Beyond High School. The conference will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 on the Lynn University campus in Boca Raton. If you have a child in middle or high school that has a developmental, communication, or learning disorder or you provide academic or therapeutic support to these individuals, this is a conference for you. Transitions 2011 will explore options after high school for individuals affected by developmental and learning challenges. Among the highly acclaimed panel of experts, Ari Ne'eman is returning to present a self-advocacy session for teens and young adults with varying disabilities and a second session for professionals on the types of supports and accommodations that will facilitate success. A complete listing of presenters and topics for the January 28 conference is available online at www.lynn.edu/transitions.
The 10th Annual Chocolate Decadence, hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton, will be Thursday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Shops of Boca Center. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door or VIP at $75. Call 561.620.4778 x 1 or visit www.bocachocolate.com.
The Original Florida Follies presents a series of terrific shows, starting Jan. 23 in Broward and Feb. 23 at Olympic Heights High School. Tickets are $28 each and group rates are available. Call 954.956.2626 or visit www.theoriginalfloridafollies.com. Do not miss this fabulous show of youngsters from 60 to the 90’s.
Newt Gingrich headlines the Palm Beach County Republican event on Feb. 24. Tickets are $195.
FAU’s Living Room Theatre is showing the best of movies. This past week they opened Vision - From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen. Opening Friday is Marwencol. Upcoming are: All Good Things on January 21, Enemies of the People on January 28, Waste Land on January 28,Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on February 4 and Evangelion 2.0 on February 11. Opening at other theatres are No Strings Attached, Rabbit Hole, and Somewhere.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. His blog is 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: email@example.com.