Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – June 30, 2011

George Bolge, 16 year Executive Director of the Boca Museum of Art, retires today.
South Florida’s mortgage fraud index increased 10%, shooting the state up from #20 to #2 in the nation for potential housing scams, the only area in the country with an increase.
• State Rep. Irv Slosberg says: In 2009, the State of Florida reported 646 automobile accidents a day, a total of 235,790 a year. The roads are perilous and unforgiving. Are you prepared?
Road Safety Tip: 10 items every car should have in case of an automobile accident:
1.First Aid Kit, 2.Flares, 3.Flags, 4. Blankets, 5. Flashlights, 6. Tool Kit, 7. Spare Medication, 8. Small Hammer or Window Breaking Tool, 9. Water. 10. Jumper Cables.
• The Jet Bag is an inexpensive and lightweight solution to provide protection for breakable items stored in a suitcase. It is an efficient and effective way to transport wine, liquor, perfume or any liquid that may be contained in a breakable bottle. The Jet Bag is a bio-degradable carrier
with a reusable zip seal closure that completely secures any bottles and liquids. The product is lined with the same absorbent materials found in baby diapers. That material pads and protects bottles, but if a bottle does break, the Jet Bag rapidly absorbs any liquid spilled, preventing damage valuables in the suitcase. A Jet Bag 3-pack sells for $15 and is available at a growing number of retailers as well as online at Amazon and at
Film Florida presents the Legends Awards at 6:30 tonight to Burt Reynolds and others at the Wold Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Lynn University on Military Trail. Tix are $50.
"Barry Epstein Live will feature State Representative Dr. Steve Perman, VFW Commander Charlie Epstein (no relation) Dominos Founder Tom Monaghan and Kingsley Guy editorial columnist of the Sun-Sentinel, The show airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on Tune in to win a pair of tickets to the Cinemark, Paragon and Movies at Delray theatres.
The city of Boca Raton’s "Fabulous Fourth" starts at 6 p.m. Monday on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University with a performance by "American Idol" contestant Brett Loewenstern, followed by family activities, food vendors and a concert by the Florida Wind Symphony leading up to the fireworks by Zampelli. The fourth annual "July 4th Celebration" at the South County Regional Park in West Boca off of Glades Road, starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a concert by the Soul Survivors, leading up to the fireworks, also by Zambelli.
County Charter Review Committee meets July 6, 6 p.m. at the Hagen Ranch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. Participate.
Stuff opens July 8 at the Caldwell Theatre. Visit for details.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10556 encourages all veterans to attend and offers a free lunch at noon, July 16 at Veterans Park, West of Lyons Road and East of 441 on the south side of Palmetto Park Road. RSVP to Commander Charlie Epstein at 561.487.2721.l
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere Theatres are: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Larry Crowne and Monte Carlo (Cinemark only). Movies opening at the Movies of Delray are; Larry Crowne, Double Hour, Incendies and The Music Never Stops.
Despite the higher cost of gas this year (90 cents more than the same time last year), the AAA expects that 10% of Florida’s population, 1.9 million, will be traveling over the holiday. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend with your family and loved ones.
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is the president of the Luxury Chamber of Commerce (, and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (, with a weekly internet television show on His websites are and is now a division of His email is and his blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal web 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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