Friday, September 16, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Sept. 15, 2011 will be opening a studio at the Boca Shoppes of Village Pointe in October.
The Luxury Chamber had a spectacular event at the new “V” in Boca with Frank McKinney, Burt Olivia and Chad Everett putting on a fantastic opening of his new venue.
Delray Acura and Delray Hyundai signed on as sponsors for FAU’s new stadium. .The car dealership, led by Jim O’Neill, donated $700,000 to the university and received the naming rights to two club levels.
North American Development Group has paid $18.5 million for the Palms Plaza shopping center.
State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is being honored as freshman of the year in the Florida House of Representatives by the American Cancer Society.
J.C. Perrin, chair of the Golden Bell Education Foundation, dedicated to funding education, awarded $50,000 worth of grants to Boca Raton schools.
All news and talk programming on the new WPBI will be expanded and shifted to 101.9 FM and classical music will be played around the clock on 90.7 FM. The all-news station will be branded 101.9 WPBI News and the all-music 90.7 will continue to be marketed as Classical South Florida.
FAU just keeps getting bigger. Enrollment figures for fall 2011 show that there are more than 29,400 students at the university, up 4 percent from last year. Freshmen enrollment is at 3,300 up 21 percent from 2010.
Some AT&T customers who don’t sign up for a long-distance plan are being charged $2 a month for the option of making a long-distance call.
Lloyd Comiter has joined Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith PLLC as of counsel in the Boca Raton office.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature V sales director Amy Kratish, video on the opening of V for the Luxury Chamber, Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor and Sun-Sentinel columnist Dr. Robert Watson. The show airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on Tune in to win a pair of tickets to the movies.
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere Theatres are I Don’t Know How She Does it (at Movies of Delray too) and Straw Dogs.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet Saturday, Sept. 17 at Veterans Park, 9400 Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and 441, with a free breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. A free Congressional Our Flag Book will be given to the first 25 members or guests attending. Program includes discussion on upcoming events including the Poppy Drive and Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Call 561.734.4527.
A tribute to Countess De Hoernle’s 99th birthday will be Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. at Mizner Park amphitheatre. A monument will be unveiled to her & her late husband by Yaacov Heller.
The Original Florida Follies will take 400 children-in-need, on October 2 and 9, clothes shopping at JCPenney in Citi Center Shopping Mall, Pompano Beach, FL, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and paid for by The Follies. The Original Florida Follies is a non- profit charitable organization, comprised of volunteers 60 to 90+ years of age who are retired show business people. Their shows keep the tradition of the famous Follies’ shows alive with tap dancers (the happiest sound in show business), Showgirls in beautiful costumes and talented Singers. Through their high energy shows each year, they raise money for children-in-need. If you would like to attend or contribute, please call Doug Gorab at 954-630-2553 or email
Deerfield Beach will recognize outstanding women in the community at the “38th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast.” It serves the dual purpose of honoring exceptional women and to raise funds.
Palm Beach County's Art in Public Places program invites the public to attend an artist reception at the Palm Beach International Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Level 2 of the Main Terminal.
.On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/ s 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.
Downtown Boca invites South Florida residents and visitors to “come early, stay late…where something for everyone awaits” on October 21-22, 2011 when the destination debuts its inaugural Meet Me On The Promenade: Downtown Boca, a free and open-to-the-public two night-one day fest featuring the Downtown destination’s best.
The American Health Society and The United States Marine Corps League are sponsoring the annual SALUTE TO VETERANS Luncheon, Nov. 11, This patriotic event will include remarks by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, plus a special reading by award-winning soldier-poet Brian Turner, who’s appearance is courtesy of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. The cost to attend this years SALUTE TO VETERANS Luncheon is $40 per person. RSVP to 561.361.9091.
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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