Thursday, October 13, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Oct. 13, 2011

R.I.P. Ken Feigl, former chamber member, Caldwell theatre trustee and Boca Del Mar leader.
Palm Beach County Republican party chair Sid Dinerstein has snagged Herman Caine as speaker for the Lincoln Day dinner in January.
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) has sold its Baseline unit to Project Hollywood LLC, a privately held Boca Raton company which is majority owned by media and Internet entrepreneurs Laurie S. Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein.
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Dept. needs a volunteer retired or semi-retired doctor to review medical records to detect insurance fraud. Contact Lt. Christopher Keane at 561.688.3950 or
Boca Raton based Sun Capital Partner owned Friendly’s Restaurants has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Employees of three Boca based tabloids are facing more employee cuts after recent layoffs.
Boca based Legacy Bank dodged a bullet when regulators demanded and infusion of $20 million due to the loss of $5 million this year. Investors will putt $16 million in and take over control of the bank.
Boca Raton settlement firm Imperial Holdings has come under scrutiny from several federal agencies after the FBI raided it for violation of their viatical insurance practices and a possible stock and dump scam.
Donald Trump agreed to pay $170 million for Miami's Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is reminiscent of the Civil Rights marches.
Bill Gates has paid $600,000 for a winter residence in Wellington. His daughter is an equestrian.
American Airllines may soon file Chapter 11 after a steep plunge in stock value and heavy losses.
Car Buyers are flocking back to the showrooms as signs of a better economy grow.
Movie theatre operators are balking at studios charging for 3D glasses and may boycott 3D films.
Barry Epstein Live” will feature the man behind MJ’ Thriller album and portrait artist Dick Zimmerman, FAU Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger, Sun-Sentinel editorial columnists Kingsley Guy and Dr. Robert Watson. Friday at 10 a.m. on Tune in to win free movie tickets,
Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere Theatres are Footloose and the Big Year. New movies opening at Movies of Delray and Lake Worth are A Big Year, Hedge Hog, Savior in the Night (Delray) and Pointe Blank (Lake Worth).
Caldwell Theatres new production opens tomorrow. Go to for details.
Womens Executive Network is hosting a fundraising lunch October 14, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bonefish Grill in Boca Raton. Admission is $35. For more information, or to donate auction items, contact Iris Kapustein at 561-364-4035 or email at:
Ribbon cutting for the new FAU football stadium which opens Oct. 15 will be at 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. Season tickets are at 1.866.FAU.SPORTS or on line at Former American Idol contestant and current Boca Raton resident Brett Loewenstern will perform the national anthem on October 15, just prior to kick off of the first game in the new on-campus football stadium, when the Florida Atlantic University football team hosts Western Kentucky.
The Gold Coast Public Relations Council Oct. 18 luncheon will feature new Sun-Sentinel Editor Howard Saltz.. Go to to reserve at $25 or email
Propel Golf Classic is Oct. 20 at Boca Lago Country Club, 8665 Juego Way. It is the main fundraiser for Propel, an eight-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to servicing Palm Beach County’s economically-challenged communities. Propel specifically targets economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Read more at
Local radio legend Neil Rogers was running out of money when he died at 58 last Christmas Eve. The former WQAM-560 AM curmudgeon is believed to have spent almost $3 million in the last 18 months of life, most of it on Christian Hernandez, a 21-year-old boytoy for whom he bought a $700,000 home in Toronto. Rogers reportedly hadn’t paid income taxes for several years before his death, and the IRS could become his estate’s biggest beneficiary, with only $.5 million left. A legal battle over the scraps is brewing between Rogers’ friend in South Florida and Hernandez. Rogers had competing wills written within three weeks in November 2010. One splits assets between Hine, Hernandez and Jonathan Julian, Rogers’ longtime roommate in Plantation. The other makes Hernandez Rogers’ sole beneficiary. (thanks to Jose Lambiet).
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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