Thursday, May 5, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – May 5, 2011

Mike Whalen, formerly President of Muvico has purchased the Frank Deerfield Theatre and will be operating it as part of his Paragon chain.
AMC has pulled out of refurbishing the Mizner Park Cinema, needing $2 million in renovations.
Richard and Barbara Schmidt donated $2 million to put their name on the FAU stadium scoreboard.
The Florida Senate approved House Bill 339 Possession of Stolen Credit or Debit Cards sponsored by Representative Steve Perman (D-Boca Raton). The House approved the bill last week and the legislation now heads to the governor’s desk. The bill makes the possession of stolen credit cards by someone who knows, or should know, the card is stolen a third-degree felony. Proof of intent to sell or use the card would not be necessary, but there must be intent to impede the recovery of the card. Perman represents West Boca.
Billionaire and former senatorial candidate Jeff Greene is set to buy the Omphoy Ocean Resort.
The wooden roller coaster in Dania Beach on I-95 has closed and Dania Jai Alai is sold for $80 million.
The 4th annual Mothers Day Breakfast will be sponsored by and at the Wayne Barton Study Center, 269 N.E. 14 st. and the Lions Club of Boca Raton on Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Costs are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 1-16. Call 561.620.6203 for further information.
The Gourmet Food Truck Expo, more than 20 trucks from Miami will be at Boomers, 3100 Airport Road 6 to 10:30 Wednesday, May 11. Some of the names expected are MisoHungry, Nacho Mama’s, Red Koi, Caza Paninis, Wiseguys and Curbside Gourmet, along with DJ the Silver Fox and Boomer discounts. For more information, visit
“Barry Epstein Live” is on the internet at 10 a.m. Friday on Guests include star of stage, screen and television Ed Asner, set to appear at the Caldwell Theatre, Danny Gold, Co-director with Matt Asner of 100 voices, opening Friday at the, Movies of Delray, GM Rochelle Walters, Former New Times ace investigative reporter Bob Norman, now going to WPLG Local 10 in Miami, Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson. Lynn University may host a Presidential debate. Decision to come later in the year.
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.
President Obama visits Ground Zero in New York today and does his first television interview since the killing of Osama Bin Laden on 60 Minutes Sunday with Steve Kroft.
All Veterans are invited to attend a reorganization meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 10 at the old American Legion building in Veterans Park on Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and 441; Call Commander Charlie Epstein at 561.471.0908 for further information. Refreshments will be served.
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
Soroptimist International of Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach will present the 2011 winners for "Non-Profit Community Service Awards” on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. In the third floor community room of the Atrium building, 1515 N. Federal Highway, Each year "Soroptimist of Boca" invite the local non-profit organizations to submit their applications for consideration. Finalists receive monetary awards from "Soroptimist of Boca" during the ceremony. RSVP to
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.
Hope everyone enjoys Cinco de Mayo today! Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms on Sunday!
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace are Thor, Jumping the Broom, Something Borrowed. Movie opening at the Movies of Delray are 100 Voices.
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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