Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Nov. 24, 2011

West Boca High Cheerleader Pam Simon will be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade todayl
FAU alumnus Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, former Chief of Staff for former FAU president Frank Brogan and currently president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Broward County, was appointed vice president for community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation.
The FAU 50th anniversary gala raised over $500,000 for the Presidents Scholarship fund, with President Mary Jane Saunders donating $50,000.FAU football game is this Saturday Nov. 26 in the new stadium.
FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger will be honored at the Dec. before and after the game.
The new coach of the Florida Atlantic University Football Owls should be announced around Dec. 5.
TD Bank is building a new facility in the Mission Bay Shopping Center,former Roadhouse spot on 441.
New restaurants: Chipotle;Garden Shops on Palmetto Park Road and Kapowi Noodle Bar; Mizner Park.
Jennifer Lopez filmed Parker in Palm Beach County with scenes shot at One Thousand Ocean on A1A.
Frank Barbieri was reelected chair of the Palm Beach County School Board who put all of Boca Raton in his District 5 and honored Superintendent Bill Malone, stepping down on Dec. 2.
Long time WPBT-TV anchor Jim Sackett retired yesterday with a farewell tribute on his last hour.
Former anchor at WPBT-TV Laurel Sauer, is now the new face and voice of WXEL-TV. She will be among the guest speakers at the Gold Coast Public Relations Council lunch on Dec. 13 at NCCCI. Go to for information and reservations. Tickets are $25. each.
Disney and the Seminoles are teaming up in a strange alliance to defeat further gaming efforts.
ClubLink Corp., Canada’s largest golf club operator, has paid $7.2 million for the 54-hole Palm-Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach. The acquisition gives ClubLink a total of 11 18-hole equivalent championship courses in Florida with a combined membership of more than 4,500 members.
Rick Newnan’s extravagant holiday display opens tonight at 6 p.m. at 699 N.W. Ninth Ave.
The Wayne Barton Study Center will host a turkey give away from 6pm -8pm. today delivering Thanksgiving dinner to the sick, elderly and shut in, and they are still in need of monetary donations
Guys and Dolls continues at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 for tickets.
Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on with Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, FAU athletic director Craig Angelos, Jim Sitton, who’s young daughter and other family members were killed by a relative at his 2009 Thanksgiving dinner, Congressman Ted Deutch, filing a Constitutional Amendment to ban corporate donations to political candidates and Sun Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win free movie tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
Movies opened Wednesday at the Cinemark Palace are: The Descendants, Hugo in 3D, Arthur Christmas in 3D and The Muppets. Opening Friday is My Week With Marilyn. Take the family and enjoy!
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 Dec.1 at St. Andrews Country Club in West Boca. Tickets to the event are $125. Call 852-3100.
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 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
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with your loved ones. Don’t eat too much and invite someone less fortunate and alone to join you. You will be blessed for your kindness.

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 Face book at or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to:

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