Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – July 21, 2011

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams has been appointed Vice Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation authority. Abrams also presented the town of Highland Beach with $5,000 for maintenance/improvements (including tree planting) to the county-owned property along State Road A1A in the town.
Palm Beach County's new Osprey Point golf course in the South County Regional Park is the first course in Florida and only the second in the U.S. to reach the Audubon International Classic Sanctuary classification, the highest for golf course environmental stewardship.
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Palm Beach County's Republican state committeeman, Peter Feaman to the Judicial Nominating Commission that recommends candidates for judicial vacancies on South Florida's district court of appeals. He also appointed U.S. Rep. Allen West’s wife, Angela Graham-West, Abdol Moabery and Julius “Butch” Teste to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees.
Costco is adding gas pumps to the Boca Raton location, starting construction soon on the south end of the parking lot at 17800 Congress Ave., with the expected opening in October,
All of Borders Books will start closing nationwide tomorrow.
Mama Mia! continues through Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss it. Best production of the musical yet!
The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., whose national spokesman is Brooklynite Larry King, now has another famous Brooklyn-born fan. Barbra Streisand hired it to cater the wrap party that marked the end of the filming of her new movie, “My Mother’s Curse,” which will come out next spring. Streisand plays the mother of actor Seth Rogen.
Smokehouse Grille & Wingery has taken the space formerly operated by the Thirsty Turtle in the HSBC Center on Yamato and 441. Shorty’s Bar-B-Q is said to be opening in the Reserve center.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature Lynn University Professor Dr. Robert Watson 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.
The Luxury Chamber August 15 event will be at the 33rd St Wine Bar. Details at or call: 1.888.584.1119. Register at
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace, Premiere and Paragon Theatres are: Captain America: The First Avenger and Friends With Benefits, Movie opening at the Movies of Delray & Lake Worth is The Trip.
Six Years plays at the Caldwell Theatre from August 10 through Sept.4. Tickets and reservations are at or call 561.241.7432. Tickets are $38, $42, or $50 depending on seat location. $10 Students with ID.
On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach will recognize outstanding women in our community at the “38th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast.” The awards breakfast serves the dual purpose of honoring exceptional women and to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach. Monies raised from this event will directly benefit the lives of women and girls, which is the focus of Soroptimist. This year’s breakfast will be held at the Boca West Country Club from 7:30am to 9:30am. The Honorary Chair is Mary Vecchia. Nominations are open to the public. More information is at Contact for details.
Barry Epstein, APR, Senior Vice President of Regan Communications Group, (, 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 and is now a division of His email is or 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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