Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 25, 2011

Correction: Note the last day of filing for Medicare has been changed from Dec. 31 to Dec. 7.
The state has been in secret talks to transfer the operations of the South Florida commuter rail line, Tri-Rail, to the Florida East Coast Railway,
Yardhouse USA will be opening a restaurant in the former Cartoon Museum in Mizner Park.
Congressman Ted Deutch spoke at the West Boca Leaders networking group yesterday, saying putting $5 billion in federal money into a "national infrastructure bank" would create jobs.
Congressman Allen West announced he will run for re-election and not for the U.S. Senate.
Jim Batmasian’s Investments Unlimited has purchased the former Nextdor property at Congress and I-95 from Bill Knight who got then Governor Martinez to build the interchange there.
Sprint will be selling the I-phone 5 in October with unlimited data.
Skype is buying GroupMe which provides group messaging over the web.
The city’s final tribute band free concert this summer is 8 p.m. Saturday [Aug. 27] in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. “U2 by UV” will perform in the Music @ Mizner: A Tribute to the Legends series.
Sunset Cove Amphitheater in West Boca has rescheduled the blues and rock ‘n’ roll band The Fabulous Fleetwoods concert that was rained out on Aug. 13 to Sept. 17. from 8 to 10 p.m.
Miranda Cosgrove’s Labor Day concert in Boca due to a broken ankle on her bus.
The city's proposed budget calls for a tax increase, but declining property values mean that many residents will only pay nominally more city property taxes than last year. Under the proposed property tax rate of $3.51 per $1,000 of assessed value — up from $3.40 — the owner of a home assessed at $350,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay about $1,053.06 in city property taxes, an increase of about $39 per year. The fire tax would also increase $20.
The new Countess De Hoernle park on Spanish River Boulevard, east of Military Trail, is expected to be open in January.
On-Line ticketing is being considered for the Willow Theatre in Sugfar Sand Park.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature Insurance guru Len Turesky, Destination Marketing Manager, Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative 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 network is Thursday, Sept. 8 with mega-million mansion developer Frank McKinney at V, the hottest new venue in Boca. McKinney also builds houses in Haiti at no charge. Admission is free but you must be a member. Go to to join or visit
Don’t miss the four star “The Debt” when it opens Aug. 31 with Helen Mirren, the action hero.
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere Theatres are: Our Idiot Brother, Columbiana and Don’t be afraid of the Dark.
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. $10. for 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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