Thursday, March 24, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – March 24, 2011

Citing an increased work load from his other public relations clients, West Boca Chamber of Commerce founder and president has resigned effective March 31. He was asked to assist in soliciting resumes from Chamber staff members interested in the position. Chamber Chair Jeff Karsin has appointed a selection committee of Chamber chair elect, Seth Marmor, Chamber vice chair Larry Coomes and Chamber director Shelby Linton.
Congratulations to new West Boca Chamber of Commerce member Edge Automotive for being named Best Auto Repair in the Best of Boca competition.
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce Fourth Thursday network will be on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Vitality Laser Spa, 9045 La Fontana Blvd., suite 102 off Lyons Road, between Yamato and Glades Roads. Cost is $10 for members and first time guests. RSVP to Since the first of the year, the Chamber has signed up 35 new members. Application can be found at Join the fastest growing new Chamber in the area and network with your fellow business and professionals at the monthly breakfasts, networks and women’s luncheons. Save the date for the Chambers second annual golf tournament on Friday, May 13 at Southwinds Golf Course.
Marc Bell hosted a fundraiser for Congressman Ted Deutch at his Woodfield Country Club home.
County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who is chairman of the Palm Beach Broadband Coalition, announced that the Commissioners approved the donation of about 30 percent of all future surplus county computers to low-income families countywide. To date, over 100 computers have been donated.
Plaza Suite at the Stage Door theatre in Coral Springs has been extended to April 24 and The Light in the Piazza is playing through April 10. Tickets and information at 954-344-7765.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 16th edition, March 23-31, 2011, featuring 11 World Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres and 14 Florida Premieres. PBIFF ( will open its 16th edition with Sundance favorite Win Win, directed by Tom McCarthy and will wrap with the British/Kenyan drama The First Grader, from Justin Chadwick. The full PBIFF film line-up and ticket information is at In addition to the main festival, March 23 - 28, screenings of the Best of the Fest will continue on March 29 - March 31. PBIF will present features, documentaries, shorts and student films from the U.S. and around the world, including Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia, West Africa, Israel, Australia, Liberia, Czech Republic, Canada and Greece, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films. The main festival is, followed by screenings of the Best of the Fest on Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31. No April Fools joke: The movie “Kill the Irishman” will be starting in very limited release on 4/1/11 exclusively at the Cinemark Palace 20. If hey can do impressive numbers with this film, Boca will be considered every time there is a limited release that suits our demographic, so be sure to catch it starting April 1. The Palace is also installing digital projectors in all 20 theatres starting this week.
The Boca Raton Community High School rookie "Robocats" was just awarded the "Rookie All Star Award" at competition in Orlando. The team is now invited to compete in national competition in April. For further information contact their coach, Dr. Phyllis Pacilli at 561-386-1051.
Madeleine Kunin, former (and first woman) governor of Vermont will be the keynote speaker at the League of Women Voters, Palm Beach County annual luncheon, "Making A Difference," on Saturday April 2nd at 11:30 at the Atlantis Golf Club, 301 Orange Tree Drive, Atlantis, (561 966 7600.) $45. to LWVPBC PO Box 6208, Delray Beach Fl. 33482-6208- call 561 276 4898 for more info.
Emily Rosen, M.S., M.A., will begin another session of her writing workshop, Memories Milestones and Memoirs, four Tuesdays beginning April 5th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Register now at the Boca Community Center 150 Crawford Blvd. costs: $72. for four weeks for Boca residents, $90. for others. Call 561.477.8727.
The Downtown Boca Film Festival (DBFF) will run from April 9-17, 2011.
Chair Karen Lynne Asher and Vice Chair Jamie Telchin request the honor of your presence at the American Cancer Society Amore Gala on Saturday, April 9 a the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, 2425 Maya Palm Drive West. Cocktails and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Dancing at 8:00 p.m. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Liz Quirantes, Anchor WPEC CBS 12. The black tie event tickets are $250 each and sponsorships are also available by contacting Jacqui Nicholson at 561.394-7751 ext. 5308 for more details.
Back by popular demand, the Ultimate Jersey Boys live tribute concert returns Saturday April 16th at the Spanish River High School. Call 561.994.6869 for information and tickets.
Movies opening Friday include Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, 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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