Thursday, August 11, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 11, 2011

Political bombshell: The Fourth District Court of Appeals reinstated term limits. County Commissioners Burt Aaronson and Karen Marcus can not run again and Aaronson is supporting his Senior Administrative Assistant Mary Lou Berger for the post.
Palm Beach County School Board districts will also be redrawn due to population changes. District Five School Board member Frank Barbieri is also up for reelection.
The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the emergency suspension of a Boca attorney after the Florida Bar said his home loan modification and foreclosure defense business was causing "great public harm." William O'Toole, whose firm Summit Legal Group worked with as many as 3,000 clients nationwide, is prohibited from accepting new clients and withdrawing money from company accounts.
Robb & Stucky, which closed in Mizner Park, is looking for 40,000 to 60,000 sq. ft. in areas from Coral Gables, Boca Raton and up to Orlando.
Penn-Florida has bought the Country Club at Boca Raton and plans to renovate it and keep it private, with a new name, logo and other changes.
Boca Raton attorney and real estate developer Glenn Gromann has plans to develop the 10-acre property across from the Shops at Boca Center on Military Trail just north of Palmetto Park Road. The $250 to $450 million project, The Fountains at Town Center is expected to include high-end retail, a boutique hotel, restaurants, banks, specialty offices, and rental and condo residential units.
Boca based Crocker Partners has closed on the Suntrust International Center office tower in downtown Miami for an estimated price of $80 million, Seller was Stiles & Gugenheim Real Estate.
Old Town Tavern has closed once again.
The city of Boca is considering selling one or both of the golf courses it owns.
WPEC anchor Curt Fonger wos dismissed by management in a cost-savings move.
Former Clinton adviser and TV pundit James Carville predicts that 2012 may see a strong three-way race for president and one of the most tumultuous elections in US history. For sheer unpredictability, the 2012 campaign may top them all, he says.
Mississippi Governor and former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour is endorsing George LeMieux for U.S. Senate.
Lynn University now has its own App for smartphones free on the Android Market.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, Woof Dogs trainer Shay Maimoni, and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. The show airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on Tune in to win a pair of tickets to the Cinemark of Movies of Delray theatres.
The Luxury Chamber August 15 event will be at the 33rd St Wine Bar. Details at or call: 1.888.584.1119. Register at
The Luxury Chamber network is Sept. 8 with Frank McKinney at V, the hottest new venue in Boca.
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace, Premiere and Paragon Theatres are: The Help, Glee 3D Concert Movie, The Devils Double. Movie opening at the Movies of Delray & Lake Worth is Sarahs Key, A Little Help and the Help.
Crossing Delancey is currently at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs.
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.
Caldwell Theatre Company, South Florida’s acclaimed regional theater company, has announced that it will host a special launch party and performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, to kick off a second performance venue in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Black Box.
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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