Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Barrys Buzz June 28, 2012

Kudos to John and Mary Shuff, Marie Speed and Kevin Kaminiski on the 168 page issue of Boca Magazine, the premier Boca publication, featuring the Boca 100 and profiles on luminaries as Don Shula and Emily “Happy Day” Lilly. After nearly a year of discussion, the Boca Raton City Council Tuesday killed a $2.9 million project that would have upgraded two city-owned parks on the Intracoastal Waterway in cooperation with three other agencies, but Boca Mayor Susan Welchel hopes the project can be resurrected despite the loss of some funding from the timetable needed. Frank Theatres will open an IMAX theatre at the Marketplace in Delray with 12 screens and a bowling alley. J. Alexander’s restaurant chain, with a location in Boca Commons, has been sold for $72 million. Lebron James earned $15 million and Dwayne Wade made $23 million from the Heat in 2011. The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County announced that it helped three companies with expansions that will bring a total of 16 new jobs. The BDB helped the companies with relocations, expedited permitting and training grants from the Workforce Alliance. Boca Raton-based educational software company ArchieMD plans to add 10 employees to its workforce of 18. Marine LED lighting manufacturer Lumitec in Delray Beach plans to increase its workforce to 23 from 17. Hollander Home Fashions, a designer and manufacturer of home fashion items, relocated to a new headquarters in Boca Raton, where it will retain 77 employees. Ragbir Group/Keyes Company Realtor Joanne Epstein and public relations consultant Barry Epstein were named among the Top Small Business Leaders of the South by Business Leader magazine at a Bankers Club dinner in Miami. For the What, Where and When for Boca and West Boca families, check out Kery Knutson was appointed director of marketing and membership development for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County. She formerly was with the Sun-Sentinel, City of Margate and Office Depot. Florida Atlantic University will test its emergency alert system with sirens at 11 a.m. this morning. Slow Burn Theatre presents Xanadu at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre in the West Boca High School through July 1. Fri./Sat.’s at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets and info at Call 954.3237884. Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Entr’Acte Theatrix producer Michael Lipshitz and John Justice Parker, playing Jesus, author Justin Deering, Movie Maven Morrie Zryl and his partner in the Last Picture Show Arthur Friedman, Sun-Sentinel columnists Kingsley Guy and Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres. Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatres Friday are Magic Mike, People Like Us, Madea’s Witness Protection and Ted. Movie opening Friday at The Movies of Delray and Lake Worth is People Like Us. The Immigrant and Backwards in High Heels are at the Stage Door Theatre 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs Don’t miss the true story of an Immigrant coming to Texas. Call 954.344.7765 for ticket information. Tune into WWNN Radio 1470 at 3 p.m. Saturday with Al Zucaro and yours truly. 16 Handles, a premium self-serve frozen yogurt store located in University Commons, will celebrate the final day of National Frozen Yogurt Month with Free Fro-Yo Day on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Little River Band plays a free concert at Mizner Park, Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the West Boca Community Council, come celebrate the Fourth of July free at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in the South County Regional Park west of 41 at 6:30 p.m. with music by Whitestone Band and Fireworks by Zambelli and at FAU. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs permitted. No pets, BBQ’s or personal fireworks allowed. Jesus Christ Superstar will be at the Count de Hoernle theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. Boca from July 5-15. Go to for ticket prices, reservations and further information or call 561.366.9033. Jan McArt, The First Lady of Florida Theatre will be feted at the Sunday July 8 matinee performance. $15 reception cost. Starting July 11, the West Boca Leaders networking group will be meeting at Sachs Sax Caplan, 6111 Broken Sound Parkway, Suite 200, Boca Raton. Interested in joining? Check out for category availability and call 561.852.0000. 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 Guild’s 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. If you have foreclosure issues, go to and call 561.945.0000 for the help you need. Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday with your family and/or loved ones. 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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