Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Dec. 1, 2011

Florida State Rep. Steve Perman is organizing a new Caucus to preserve the Everglades with State Sen. Maria Sachs and State Rep. Lori Berman.
· The Palm Beach County Commission is considering changing the county charter in Nov, 2012 to appoint constitutional officers like the Sheriff, Elections Supervisor, Tax Collector and Property Appraiser.
· You can now SKYPE through Facebook. Just click on a name in chat and hit the left button on the upper right hand side. You can download SKYPE for free at but you do need a webcam, either on your computer or get one for $20 at Best Buy.
The U.S. government has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the widow and family of Robert Stevens, a Palm Beach County tabloid photo editor killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
No need to go to Sample Road now that Costco has finally opened a gas station on Congress Ave.
Continuing the perception of Boca Raton as the con capital of the world, three traders were nailed by Federal regulators in a penny stock scam and ordered to repay illegal profits. Frank Calmes was hit for $2.4 million, Lynn Roundhouse for $856 thousand and Manny Shulman who lost at trial and hit for $345 thousand.
Some Ruden Barnett shareholders were stiffed $3.6 million in partnership shares after the law firm declared bankruptcy and expected to merge in to Greenspoon Marder, based in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, who previously had absorbed the well known Abrams Anton Law firm in Hollywood.
Spanish River Park is under construction with 85-90 acres of four lighted soccer and softball/baseball fields each, parking and two buildings. There will also be a pathway under Spanish River Blvd. to the park.
BRIO Tuscan Grille has opened in the Boca Center on Military Trail.
The Dori Slosberg Foundation, started by State Rep. Irv Slosberg in memory of his daughter who was killed in an automobile crash on Palmetto Park Road just west of the Turnpike, along with three other teenagers, will hold a No Distractions Networking event tonight at English’s in the Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle, for an evening of networking and safe driving education. Admission is a $20 tax deductible donation at the door and includes food along with a raffle for prizes. Call 561.488.7900 for info.
Guys and Dolls is at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs through Dec. 4. Call 954.344.7765.
The long awaited 258,000 square foot Delray Marketplace on Atlantic Ave and Lyons Road will have a private groundbreaking on Friday and will include such tenants as Publix, Chico’s, White House/Black Market, Charming Charlie, Jos. A. Banks, Bobby Chan Apparel, Max’s Grille, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Famous Famiglia Pizza, Japango Shushi Asian Cuisine, The Grind Coffee, Sababa Lounge, The Olive Tap, Shula Buger and a 12 screen Frank Theaters featuring with a 16 lane bowling alley and family amphitheater.
Palm Beach Pops Music of Burt Bachrach concert is at FAU tonight, Friday and Sunday. Call 800.564.9539.
Former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather will speak at the Major Gifts event of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County tonight at St. Andrews Country Club in West Boca. Tickets to the event are $125. Call 852-3100.
Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on with Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, State Senator Maria Sachs, Candidate for Florida U.S. Senator Deon Long, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Pops David Quillen and Sun Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win free movie tickets to the Cinemark Theatres.
Boca Raton’s Childrens Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd. hosts breakfast with Santa on Dec. 3 from 8:30 to 11:30. Tickets are $10 and advance reservations are required. Call 561.368.6875 or
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation has provided vital services for those suffering from this debilitating condition for 25 years. Share in the awareness at The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Silver Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Hollywood Beach Saturday, December 3rd with celebrity guests, live painted statues, silent auction and more. For more information, visit
The Florida DOT will hold a public hearing on the proposed improvement to I-95 from Oakland Park Blvd. to Glades Road on Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center, FAU campus.
FAU Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger will be honored at the Dec. 11 Dolphin game.
The annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat parade is 6:30 p.m.,Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at the C-15 canal.
Temple Beth Shira plans its annual fundraiser Sat. Jan. 14 at Spanish River High School: Ultimate Elton John & Billy Joel; with two amazing tribute bands in one spectacular evening. For info, call 561-912-1453.
The U.S. Holocaust Museum luncheon at Boca West Country Club, on Jan. 30 features John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation and special guest Joshua Bolten, Former White House Chief of Staff and Vice Chairman of the USHM Council. You can reserve tickets at 561.995.6773 or email
The 6th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, March 7th 18th, 2012 are on sale and can be purchased via or 866-571-ARTS.
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 blog is:

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