Thursday, February 2, 2012

Barry's Buzz Feb. 2, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner will leave the race and run and be endorsed by Allen West for his Congressional seat. West will run for Tom Rooney’s seat and Rooney will seek a seat in Central Florida. Musical chairs.
Boca author Steve Forman penned his latest novel,“Boca Daze”,following “Boca Knights”and“Boca Mournings”.
Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau chief Jorge Pesquera was named as one of the 2012 "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.
Now you can have your own television show on Boca based email
With State Attorney Michael McAuliffe not running again, former Sen. Dave Aronberg is slated to inherit the seat.
With Bill Trinka withdrawing from a race for City Council, Constance Scott automatically won another term.
The big winner of the Republican primary in Florida was the media as Mitt Romney spent almost $6 million, with a big chunk targeting Hispanics, Gingrich spent about a $1 million, and Paul’s PAC spent $1/2 million for name identity. Over $1.5 million were spent by PACS in the past month alone in the West Palm Beach television market.
After a major PR blunder by Carnival Cruise lines, offering a measly 30% off on a cruise to Costa survivors, it offered thousands of dollars with the caveat that passengers wouldn’t sue. If they do, the suits must be filed in Italy.
The American Civil Liberties Union and 17-year-old Boca Raton resident Julie Towbin are challenging Florida’s law limiting political contributions by minors, saying it is a violation of free speech.
Stephane’s Brasserie will be opening in the former Copper Canyon space on Glades Road, just west of I-95.
Boca resident Paul Zolenge may be opening his Stage Deli in the Delray Marketplace now under construction.
Congratulations to David Weir and the South Florida Business Report celebrating 26 years on television.
Jordan Zimmerman, founder and Chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, speaks today at 5:30 p.m. at FAU’s Office Depot Grand Lecture Hall. Admission is free. See or call 561.297.0927.
Avi Hoffman is starring in Brooklyn Boy in the Studio at Mizner Park through Feb. 12. Tickets are $30. Call 561.291.9678 or visit The City of Boca is installing red light cameras at a few intersections.
Caldwell Theatre has the critically acclaimed production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety. Go to, or call 995-2327 for more information.
From our brand new studio in Boca Raton, Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on with Gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, David Quilleon, Palm Beach Pops Executive Director, Sun-Sentinel editorial columnists Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson.
Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatres Friday are: Chronicle, Big Miracle and The Woman in Black.
Alpha and Omega, a free movie at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in West Boca Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.
The Original Florida Follies is at Olympic Feb. 5, 12 and March 11and 18. Call 954.956.2626 for ticket information.
Palm Beach Pops is at Kravis Center Feb. 6,7; Fau Feb. 8,10,11; Eissey Center Feb. 12. Call 561.832.7677 for tix.
Memories, Milestones and Memoirs, a writing workshop by Emily Rosen, is a new 4 week session every Tuesday starting Februay 7th from 2:30 to 4 PM at the DeHoernle Train Depot 747 S. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton. Call 393.7995 for directions. Cost is $72 for Boca residents, $90 for others. Call 561.477.3727 for more information.
Regis Philbin headlines the 10th Annual YMCA Prayer Breakfast is Thursday, Jan. 9, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Tickets are at or call 561.237.0944 or email
The Junior League of Boca Raton presents the 11th Annual Chocolate Decadence, the sweetest party in town, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9, hosted by the Shops of Boca Center. Call 561.620.4778 x 1 for ticket info.
The Avert Brothers concert at the Coconut Cove Amphitheater 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets $14 at
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright will speak on “Economy and Security in the 21st century” at FAU’s Alan B Larkin symposium on the American Presidency at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 followed by a book signing. 800.564.9539.
The 6th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Classic will be Feb.24-26 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Call 954.563.2822 or email
The American Heart Association will be honoring Marleen Forkas, Howard Schnellenberger and Dr. James Morris at the 2012 Heart Ball, Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Woodfield Country Club. Call 561.697.6624.
Mad Cow performs free 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the West Boca Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Glades Rd.
A free Oscar watch party is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater sponsored by the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Festival of the Arts. Call 561.362-0003 for more information and VIP tickets.
State Senator Maria Sachs and Cantor Margaret Schmitt will be honored by Temple Sinai on March 3.
The 6th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA is March 7th 18th. See or 866-571-ARTS.
The 26th Annual JARC Gala Dinner Dance with keynote speaker Marlee Matlin and emceed by WPTV Anchor Michael Williams will be Sunday,March 11,6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at Boca West Country Club. Call 561.558.2550.
If you would like to save money on your AT&T land phones without changing your numbers, call 561.852.0000.
West Boca Leaders Networking group has openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for more information.
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 Websites are and and is now a division of His emails are, and barry@ blog is:

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