Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Barrys Buzz May 3, 2012
After seeing banners on University Blvd for the University of Central Florida a few years ago, this writer suggested that FAU do the same on Glades Road to promote community pride. It is now coming to fruition. The Boca Raton Police departmentreceived an exemplary designation from the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission and a City Council ceremony in City Hall. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has proposed a $7.2 million 1% increase to a $471 million budget. FAU has agreed to a three-game series in football with south Florida neighbor University of Miami. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, with a Boca Raton location, has agreed to be taken private in a $1.1 billion sale to Canterbridge Partners, after the struggling Asian food chain posted a 40 percent drop in earnings for the first quarter. Boca’s historic Town Hall was named the #1 civic building in Florida by A1A Florida in Architecture Month. The former Oaks Plaza on Glades Road has been renamed the Sandler Medical Complex for Harvey and Phyllis Sandler, who make a $20 million donation to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital in 2005. Boca Raton attorney Michael Freeling, partner in Bloom & Freeling, received the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award from the Anti-Demamation League at its national leadership conference in Washington, D.C. The new Boca Raton Downtown Public Library, part of a 2003 $19.8 million bond issue, will open in a year. The winners of the 11th annual Men With Caring Hearts Awards Luncheon, hosted by Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, were Gary Peters and Bronsen Bloom. Check out things to do at www.steppingoutflorida.com. Congressman Allen West speaks at Keiser College and Northwood University Commencement ceremonies. FAU president Mary Jane Saunders issues her Distinguished Service Medallion to three World War II Tuskegee Airmen today, retired Judge Richard B. Rudledge, 90, Lt. Col Eldridge F. Williams, 94 and Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, 87. The public is invited to comment on the city’s financial situation and goals for the year today at noon and 3:30 p.m. at the Municipal Services building, 2500 NW First Ave. There is a projected $5 million shortfall in the budget. Ann Vegso, Sandra Greenblatt, Howard McCall and Holi Rockwell add to the Walk of Recognition at the Royal Palm fountain at 5:30 p.m. Artist William DeBilzan opens his studio in the Atlantic Plaza, 777 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, 7 p.m. May 3 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and State Senator Maria Sachs, followed by a cocktail reception and lite bites to honor SHUZZ charity, fundraising shoes for children in need around the world. RSVP is required to Lindsey Turesky, Director of Gallery Operations, at email@example.com. Dress to impress. Call 561.859.1785 for more information. Dr. Jill Biden, Wife of Veep Joe Biden speaks at the Broward College graduation ceremony May 4, 3 p.m. The All Night Strut and Little Shop of Horrors plays till May 20.Visit www.stagedoortheatre.com.Call954-344-7765 Former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis speaks at a cocktail reception for the Florida Fishing Academy on May 4 at the City Fish Market restaurant, Glades Road and the Turnpike. Tickets are $150 which includes a silent auction. Call 561.747.7227 or email Rich@floridafishingacademy.com at www.floridafishingacademy.com. Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on www.wrpbitv.com featuring Miami Herald gossip columnist and www.gossipextra.com Jose Lambiet, along with Stepping Out Florida blogger Deby Goldfarb.Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres.You can have your own show too. Contact Wayne Filowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Movie opening at the Cinemark Theatres is The Avengers.Movie opening at the Movies of Delray is Coriolanus. Be sure to attend the free Cinco de Mayo celebration at Latinos Restaurant, Hillsboro Blvd., southeast corner of Military Trail, behind the Chevron station, May 5 from 5 p.m. on. RSVP to 561.212.9002. Bring your friends. Paulette Dozier will star as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill, on May 5, May 6 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $15. Call 561.347.3948. Cruisine for the Cure funraiser for St. Judes Childrens Hospital will be 6 p.m. May 12 at Lakeside Terrace. Tickets are $50 each. Visit: www.cruisine.org or call 561-245-7559 for more information. Care Wellness Center presents a free HCG Diet Seminar at noon, May 19 at 5576 West Sample Road, Margate. www.carewellnesscnter.com and www.hcg-and-diet.com. Call 954.586.2273 for reservations. Two classes on May 19 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will raise funds for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc and Israel Defense Force to deliver packages to US troops and Israel soldiers overseas. Minimum donation of $10 each at Crossfit Boca Raton (The Garage) 10018 Spanish Isles Blvd. on 441 between Clint Moore and Yamato Roads. 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. 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 www.forgottensoldiers.org or call 561.369.2933. 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. WWW.WestBocaLeaders.com has openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for more info. Point of personal privilege: Jaret Epstein graduates from Florida Atlantic University today! Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the Luxury Chamber of Commerce (www.luxurychamber.com), 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 www.wrpbitv.com. Website; www.publicrelations.nu; email: email@example.com, or fax column items to 561.451.0000. His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com - http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com.