Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – April 21, 2011

Former New Mexico governor, proponent of legalizing Marijuna, and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson was in Boca last week, hosted by Al Zucaro.
The South Florida Tea Party paid $2800 to the city for the rally with Donald Trump and Allen West for nine off duty police officers, barricades and standby EMS. Another blog, Florida Clarion, posts the Tea Party's ultimate fantasy: A Trump-West presidential ticket! Don't laugh too hard -- West hasn't ruled it out, according to the Daily Caller. "Who knows what's going to happen," West reportedly said. "If the people think that I have an ability to continue my service of my country in a different capacity, first of all we gotta talk to God, we gotta talk to my family, we gotta talk to the constituents."
Ed Asner will be bringing his one man show FDR to the Caldwell theatre June 1-5. A reception will be sponsored by Boca philanthropist Marleen Forkas.
Dennis Max is planning to open an Italian Bistro in West Boca’s Regency Court shopping center.
County Commissioner Steve Abrams announced the approval of a privatization contract by the County Commissioners that will provide taxpayers with over $500,000 in savings in its first year alone. The county has hired Classic Caterers to provide meals served to children attending Head Start/Early Headstart programs countywide. Previously, county employees were performing this service. In a competitive bid process, the caterer was chosen based on numerous requirements including a guarantee in their quality of food and a commitment to on-time deliveries.
“Barry Epstein Live” is on the internet at 10 a.m. Friday on Guests include Radaronline gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, Cirque dreams publicist Jennifer Sierra Grobbelar, New Times Ace investigative reporter Bob Norman, FAU Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger, Caldwell Theatre artistic managing director Clive Cholerton and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Send an email to for a Vimeo file in HD and to win two tickets to Cinemark movies.
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 1-800-564-9539.
Pearl City 4th Annual Easter Dinner, hosted by Temple Beth El, Boca Helping Hands and at the Wayne Barton Study Center, 269 NE 14th Street on Sunday, April 24th 1 to 4 p.m. free to all. 620.6203.
The Luxury Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Boss/Secretaries network at the Palm restaurant in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, April 27. Call 1.888.584.1119 x 112 for details or visit!/event.php?eid=174980952552999.
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.
The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider opens Friday, May 6 at the Florida Stage Theatre in the Rinker Playhouse of the Kravis Center. Tickets are $25 and up. Visit or Call 561.832-SHOW.
South Florida Green Drinks (, an environmental non-profit group, announced its 2nd Annual Eco-Lifestyle Gala,on Thursday, May 19 at the exclusive Boca Raton Resort & Club. The event is designed to honor environmental stewardship and support socially conscious causes through fundraising and community support. This year, Green Drinks will recognize celebrity actress and philanthropist, Patricia Arquette, with its prestigious Eco-Lifestyle Pioneer Award for her work with GiveLove, a non-profit Haiti relief organization she founded in 2010. Arquette will serve as the honorary hostess of Green Drinks 2011 Eco-Lifestyle Gala. The event will support GiveLoves work to improve housing and sanitary conditions in Haiti, as well as Global Green USAs greener rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace are Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Water for Elephants and African Cats.
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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