Thursday, March 3, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – March 3, 2011

Rodney Smith was elected president of the Loggers Run Homeowners Association in West Boca.
Yvonne Boice hosted the official watch party for the Oscars at Bash of Boca in the Shoppes of Village Point.
Irv Geffen has been appointed the new CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Celebrity Bartending in honor of the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be at City Oyster & Sushi Bar 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach tonight from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Local Celebrities Include: Woodie McDuffie, Mayor of Delray Beach Roger Kirk, Bethesda Memorial Hospital Joyce Chen, Gulfstream Business Bank Mark Perry, Perry & Kern Attorneys at Law, Joe Mignano, Mignano Tree Care Fred Bonardi, Oppenheimer & Co. Jim Hazelwood and Ocean City Printing,
Beatlemania is the fundraiser March 5 at the Spanish River High School Theatre. Wow! Ultimate Beatlemania for the Cost of A Movie Ticket! $10 per person. Call 561-994-6869 For Tickets Or Info. Featuring Let It Be the #1 Beatles Tribute Band-As Seen Across The USA Offer Open To All Members, Friends, and Family of West Boca Chamber of Commerce - Limited 150 Seats Only At This Price-Use Code "WBCC" When Ordering To Save $10 On Std Ticket Cost For both Ultimate Beatelmania and Jersey Boys Tribute.
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce Second Tuesday 7:30 a.m. breakfast March 8 at Boca Lago Country Club and sponsored by Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, will feature former Mayor of Miami Beach Alex Daoud, author of “Sins of South Beach” Details at RSVP to or call 561.482.9333. Save the date for the Chamber second annual golf tournament: Friday the 13th of May, 2011 at Southwinds Golf Course. Details to follow soon. Thirty new members have joined the Chamber in the first two months of 2011! Over 60 reserved for the network last Thursday at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Plaza in West Boca.
March 8 is also election day for the City of Boca Raton. Mayor Susan Welchel, recipient of almost every conceivable endorsement, including BLU-PAC, Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post, is being opposed at the last minute by newcomer Linda Spurling Gruneisen. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops continue their fantastic series of concerts starting March 9 and 11-15 featuring Superstar Clint Holmes: Celebrating the great Sammy Davis, Jr. Tickets are $29-$89. Call 561.832.7677 or visit
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon and networking will be March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Jennifer Valoppi Founder & President, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program as guest speaker. Ms. Valoppi is a multi-Emmy Award winning journalist and author who has been recognized five times on the floor of the United States Congress and is a 2006 recipient of Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Points of Light Award, the highest honor in the state. Details are on the website, RSVP to by March 14.
The Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (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 will be announced soon. In addition to the main festival, March 23 - 28, screenings of the Best of the Fest will continue on March 29 through March 31.
The Downtown Boca Film Festival (DBFF) will run from April 9-17, 2011.
He Wrote THAT?! 12 time Grammy nominee Dennis Lambert wrote pop music hits including Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got), We Built This City (On Rock and Roll), It Only Takes A Minute (to Fall in Love), Nightshift, Baby Come Back and more. Concert includes guest artists Tavares, Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship and Peter Beckett, the lead singer of Player. Lambert, whose life will be portrayed in an upcoming Warner Brothers movie starring Steve Carell, performs at Florida Atlantic University’s Kaye Auditorium on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 1-800-564-953. $125 for onstage seating with a meet and greet, $70, $60 and $55 and $40.
Compassionate Friends, a non-profit support group in Boca for parents who have lost children, is sponsoring a fundraiser on April 29 at St. Paul Church, including a car show, raffles, silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50, along with food and entertainment. Donations are gratefully accepted and welcomed. Their Tax ID # is 59-2125976 and Group Exemp. # is 36-2968329. Call 561.368.0324 for further information.
Movies opening Friday at area theatres include: The Adjustment Bureau, Cedar Rapids, Take Me Home Tonight, Rango and Beastly.
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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