Thursday, December 15, 2011

Barry’s Buzz – Dec. 15, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Senator Maria Sachs return today from a week long trade mission to Israel. They were joined by Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolus and others.
Sunrise Park Elementary School won $1,000 from the Miami Dolphins in a poster contest.
Palm Beach County Commissioners finally put the nail in the coffin for the needless proposal to widen Palmettto Park Road, just to shave off 20 seconds of driving time. Kudos to the Boca City Council for seeing the folly of this waste of taxpayer money and lobbied against it.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and SouthTech Academy Jim Kidd will meet with the Rosen School of Hospitality in January to establish a Hotel Management program.
A totally redesigned upscale iPic Theater with an indoor box office, a new façade facing Federal Highway and a bar and restaurant in the former AMC and Sunrise Theatre location at the south side of Mizner Park, is planned to be open by May by Muvico founder Hamid Hashami with an additional 1932 square feet, to be reconfigures with only 40 to 60 seats in each of eight spaces,, with the luxury section featuring push-button recliners and food service 20 minutes into the feature. Patrons in the lower priced up front leather seats can buy food and bring it into the theatreThe former Sunrise Cinemas location closed last winter, and an eviction lawsuit was filed in March. The new movie house will be reconfigured with only 40 to 60 seats in each of eight spaces. The luxury section has push-button recliners and allows food service 20 minutes into the feature. The lower-priced seats up front are leather, and movie goers can buy food there and bring it in while they watch. The box office will move inside, but patrons can also buy tickets and pick their seats in advance online. Hashemi formed iPic in 2007, which now has eight locations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin and Texas, in addition to Boca Raton Florida in Mizner Park.
The city of Boca Raton showed a piece of steel from the World Trade Center it managed to claim that may be one of the last distributed by the 9/11 Foundation. It will be on display in the city's Fire Administration Headquarters by mid-January after a memorial featuring the piece of metal is complete. The steel is roughly 10-inches wide by 14-inches long. The city applied for the piece about a year ago and was initially told none was left.
An outdoor stage at the courtyard fountain at the Boca Marriott was approved for a fundraiser.
Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on with Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, Emily Lilly, coordinator of the Boca Boat Parade this Saturday, Concert Promoter Rick Alovis, presenting a tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John at Spanish River High School and Sun Sentinel editorial columnists Kingsley Guy and Dr. Robert Watson, political professor at Lynn University. Watch to win free movie tickets to the Cinemark Theatres.
Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatres tomorrow are Young Adult, Sherlock Holmes: and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Movies opening at the Movies of Delray are: Sherlock Holmes, My Week with Marilyn, The Descendants and on Tuesday night opens Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Same at Movies of Lake Worth except for The Descendants.
World renowned biblical scholars, archaeologists and educators will present a Boca Symposium December 15th - 19th. The free event will be held at two locations: Boca Raton Christian School and Temple Emanu-El of Miami Beach. Lectures will take attendees on a historical journey to view artifacts, photography and research relating to recent archaeological and scientific findings emerging from Israel and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit
The annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat parade is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at the C-15 canal and moving south on the Intracoastal waterway. Barry R, Epstein Associates is a sponsor.
Among the films opening Dec. 20 at the Cinemark Theatre are; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission Impossible – Ghost protocol and The Adventures of TinTin.
Cokie and Steve Roberts headline the JCC book luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Delaire Country Club on Military Trail in Delray Beach. Tickets ar $45 for members and $55 for guests. For tickets, visit
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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