Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Barry's Buzz - Dec. 29, 2011

Internet television station WRPBITV will have a new home in the Shoppes of Village Pointe on S.W. 18th Street, between Powerline Rd. and Military Trail. Very inexpensive rates for advertising and having your own show apply during the inaugural period. Contact Wayne Filowitz at 561.779.1250 or email him at for specific details.
A skateboard, BMX bike and online skate parks are being proposed for the unused roller hockey rink in Loggers Run Park. Funds are needed to finish the improvements to open it.
Former Congressman Peter Deutsch is opening one of his Ben Gamia Hebrew language charter schools on the Temple Beth El campus in East Boca, which is not a religious school like Donna Klein, replacing the vacant day care center which moved to the Beck Family Campus in West Boca.
The 73,803 square foot Courtyard office building, built in 1983 with an atrium, indoor fountains, ponds and tropical walkways, at 5301 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, was hit by a $5million foreclosure lawsuit.
The co-sponsors of a bill that would bring destination casinos to South Florida are proposing significant changes, including measures that could turn existing pari-mutuels like racetracks and jai-alai frontons into full-fledged casinos. What about Palm Beach County?
With new construction at a crawl, you could almost hear a collective sigh of relief when the first approvals for a proposed rental apartment complex downtown cleared hurdles to allow the project to move forward. The 2.21-acre lot between Southeast First and Second streets and Dixie and Federal highways is empty now. But if all the permits fall into place, a building large enough for 261 apartments with an eight-story garage eventually will help populate the area with pedestrians, a city goal after spending millions to revamp the downtown.
With completion scheduled for the end of January, it was about time to let the city's Recreation Services department look for outside companies to maintain the Spanish River Sports Complex. The city got the go-ahead to put out a request for proposals. The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is building the park and wants to see if money can be saved by contracting out the services instead of the city.
Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Sun-Sentinel editorial columnists Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson discussing the year in review and predictions for 2012. Don’t miss it! Watch to win free movie tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
Cokie and Steve Roberts headline the JCC book luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Delaire Country Club 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 15th Annual OPAL awards will be presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton on Jan. 14 at Boca Pointe Country Club with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30 p.m., honoring Tom Snow, Patricia Thomas, Rabbi Merle Singer, Warren Orlando and Ken Davis. Call 477.76180 for tickets and sponsorships.
Don’t miss the Concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Featuring the original Miller arrangements of pieces like Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, String Of Pearls and Chattanooga Choo Choo. Wednesday, January 18th at 8:00 PM. Olympic Heights Community High School Auditorium, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Free Parking. Tickets $28.00 and VIP Seating $35.00. Charge by phone: 1 800 595-4849. On line: Group sales and information: 561 367-1689.
The late Gloria Drummond, founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, will be honored and paid tribute at the hospitals Golden Gala on Jan. 21 with a video and commemorative journal.
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
Dr. Marta Rendon will be honored with the DIAMOND award at a Feb. 23 luncheon at the Boca Raton Marriott by the Boca Raton Chamber. For ticket information, call 561.395.4433.
The 6th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, March 7th 18th, 2012 are on sale and can be purchased via or 866-571-ARTS.
I sincerely wish a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all my readers. Enjoy it with your families and/or loved ones.
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:

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