Thursday, April 28, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – April 28, 2011

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel. The group leaves Monday and will visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni, along with top military officials. They will also visit Sderot and the Gaza Strip border, receive a security briefing at Israel's border with Lebanon, and tour Ramallah in addition to conducting a meeting with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad. Eight other members of Congress, from both parties and different states, will be on the trip.

Delray Republican Adam Hasner, a former leader in the Florida Legislature, announced he is running for the nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

County Commissioner Steve Abrams has saved taxpayers over a million dollars. He released the final results of an audit he requested, showing county taxpayers saved $1.3 million. In 2010, Abrams requested Risk Management staff perform an audit of the countys self-insured health plan to determine dependent eligibility. Over 5,149 dependents were enrolled in the plan at the time of the audit, and approximately 325 (6.5%) of them were found to be ineligible.

Commissioner Abrams also announced that the county will be offering free compost (aka mulch) at the Lantana Transfer Station as part on an ongoing pilot program that was established by the county's Solid Waste Authority. Starting this Friday (April 29), anyone can visit the Lantana Transfer Station at 1810 Lantana Rd (right off of I-95) in Lantana and pick up free compost materials. The hours are Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 5pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon. All interested parties will be required to hand-load their own material.

“Barry Epstein Live” is on the internet at 10 a.m. Friday on Guests include RadarOnLine Executive Editor Jose Lambiet, Florida Stage Marrketing Director Michael Gepner, FAU Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger, Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy and Lynn University Political Professor and Sun-Sentinel columnist, Dr. Robert Watson. Send an email to for a Vimeo file in HD and to win two tickets to Cinemark, Movies of Delray or Movies of Lake Worth theatres.

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.

The West Boca Chamber of Commerce sponsors a noon shotgun start golf tournament at Southwinds Golf course on Friday, May 13th to benefit the West Boca Chamber Foundation to be used for student scholarships. Entry fees are only $100 and includes golf, lunch, beverages, goodie bag and cocktail reception. Sponsorships are also available. Call 561.482.9333 or email

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 Give Loves 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 include Fast Five, Prom and Hoodwinked too! Hood vs. Evil

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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