Saturday, May 26, 2012

Barrys Buzz May 24, 2012

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, may get a pass from the Republicans in this year's election. Boca Raton City Council approved plans for a 12 story, downtown’s tallest building of 208 residential units. Wells Fargo bank is foreclosing on Chabad of Boca Raton ­ including its synagogue and preschool ­ for not paying on its $2 million mortgage since November. The 23-year-old Orthodox Jewish congregation has occupied its 3-acre campus at 17950 Military Trail since 1999. The Womens Theatre Project has found a new home in Boca Raton. The acclaimed 10 year old company will move from their performance space in Fort Lauderdale to the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. Florida SunPass may be used in New Jersey and New York, but at a higher rate than those residents. An effort to clear canoe trails so that paddlers can glide through Lake Wyman's mangroves as they did 10 years ago is in danger of running aground. The delay could mean the money to get the project done will be lost. The state needs to limit the importance of the FCAT because the high-stakes exams fail to measure critical thinking skills, are not a good predictor of academic success and are stressing out teachers and students, a group of parents told the state's education commissioner. The new viewing tanks at the city’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will open Friday, May 25, in time for Memorial Day weekend. The initial limited hours for the sea tanks open to visitors will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at the center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Palm Beach County Clerk of the Court and Comptroller Sharon Bock, Hollywood Assistant Police Chief and Broward County Sheriff candidate Louis Granteed and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win free tickets to Cinemark theatres. Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatres Friday are Men in Black III in 3D and Chernobyl Diaries. Movies opening Friday at the Movies of Delray are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Darling Companion, Follow Me: the Yoni Netanyahu Story, Rigoletto and What to Expect When you Might be Expecting. Red, White and Blue, Salute to Our Troops at Blue Martini Boca Raton is a benefit for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach at 7:00pm-10pm on May 25, $10 cash fee at the door, with proceeds donated to help the mission of sending monthly “we care” packages to all of our brave young men and women who are currently serving overseas. The Veterans Coalition of South Florida will present its annual Memorial Day program at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, at Veterans Park, on Palmetto Park Road between Lyons Road and 441.west of Boca Raton. Bob Nichols, National Chairman of the Board of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is emcee at the Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Service from 11:50 A.M. to 2 p.m. at Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Blvd. Lantana (561.585 6444). More information is available at or call 561.369.2933. Congressman Ted Deutch will be hosting a telephone town hall for South Florida business leaders on May 31st. 8 a.m. Advance registration is required. to sign up. Broward County Sheriff candidate Louis Granteed, assistant Hollywood Police Chief, holds a fundraiser at the Whale, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 31st. Go to for further information. The Immigrant opens June 6 through July 1 and Backwards In High Heels, the Ginger Musical opens June 8 through July 1 at the Stage Door Theatre 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 for ticket information. Soroptomist International of Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach hosts an installation banquet at Brooks Restaurant on June 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $55 per person. Visit On Friday, August 31, the Sunset Cove Amphitheater will host a live concert featuring Sublime with Rome with special guests Cypress Hill, Pepper, and the Dirty Heads. The Boca Raton Theatre Guilds 2012-2013 season will begin with a comedy, and end with a classic. A.R. Gurneys Sylvia, and Kander & Ebbs Chicago will run in September and March at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for Sylvia will go on sale on August 1st, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. Birch Communications is a multi-million dollar company with an exclusive wholesale agreement with AT&T. If you would like to save money on your AT&T land phones without changing your numbers, call 561.852.0000. You can have your own internet television show very inexpensively. Contact Wayne at For Al-Anon-meetings in South Palm Beach County, go to has openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information. Congrats to all the high school and college graduates, especially Pam Plummer and Alana Krantz. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with your family and/or loved ones. Please take your children to an observance so they can learn how important this holiday is to remember the men and women who have given their lives to keep our country free. Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the Luxury Chamber of Commerce (, the West Boca Leaders networking group and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on Website;; email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000. His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at -

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