Thursday, July 19, 2012

Barry's Buzz - July 19, 2012

Former Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County manager Floyd Johnson is the new Port Arthur, Texas City Manager. Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn steakhouse) is paying $585 million for the 39 restaurant Yard House USA chain (Yard House, Capital Grille and Seasons 52) all with locations in Mizner Park Ashley Walukevich is the new Boca field rep for the Romney campaign. Headquarters opens on July 28 at the 5th Avenue Shops on Federal Highway. A West Boca office opens Friday July 27 in the Greens Shopping center on 441. President Obama will be in Palm Beach County today, staying over in Manalapan. Vice President Biden will be in Manalapan on Monday to address the National Association of Police Officials at the Ritz-Carlton. The bipartisan firm Purple Strategies recent poll gives Romney a 48-45 edge in Florida within a 4 point margin error. FAU is moving all Dania Sea Tech classes to the Boca Raton campus. Funding ends on Dec. 31 for the institute. The Tribune newspapers, including the Sun-Sentinel, are now owned by JPMorganChase; Oaktree Capital Management, and Angelo, Gordon & Co. American Sugar Refining Inc., which claims to be the world's largest sugar refiner, plans to bring its scientists to a new office in the Florida Atlantic University Research and Development Park next spring. The city is providing a $10,000 incentive to make it happen. The move will bring 10 new jobs to the city that pay at least $88,000 a year. Boca criminal defense attorney William Matthewman has been named a federal magistrate in West Palm Beach. A dozen Lynn University sports management students will take “The Olympic Games Experience” in London.The Olympics start July 27 in London. W Rand McNally and USA Today think Delray Beach is a pretty good place to hang out. They've named it "The Most Fun Town in America." 650 towns competed in the contest. Delray will be featured in USA Today and profiled in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas. City Manager David Harden announced that after 22 years he would retire at the end of the year. Southwest Airlines will discontinue service from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood to Orlando International Airport in January. Eagles Landing Middle School Principal Cindy Chiapetta was named Principal of the Year by the Florida PTA. Mindy Haas of Boca Raton was voted in as the new president-elect of the Florida PTA. Divorce Party The Musical continues at the Kravis Center through August 19. Tickets at Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Simone Hoover, president of Operation HomeFront, Melinda Rosenthal of and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres. Movies opening at the Cinemark and Movies of Delray and Lake Worth are the stupendous epic Four Star Oscar winner Dark Knight, which also opens in IMAX at the Museum of Discovery and Science tomorrow and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Moonrise Kingdom opens at Movies of Lake Worth and the opera, Vespri Siciliani from Torino shows at Movies of Delray Saturday at noon. Don’t miss the true story of an Immigrant coming to Texas. The Immigrant at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs has been extended by popular demand to August 12. Paulette Dozier as Billie Holiday in Lady Day starts tomorrow through Aug. 26. Call 954.344.7765 for ticket information or visit The Levis JCC hosts the second annual “Run, Sweat & Beers “ benefit 5k run/walk today at 7 p.m. in the South County Regional Park, West Boca. Fee is $30. Register at The first 400 registered runners get a shirt. Axl and Oliver Vinograd, varsity golf brothers at Spanish River High School will host their first annual Kids Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 29 at Boca Greens Country Club. Scramble shotgun start is 1 p.m. followed by a reception and raffle ceremony at 6 p.m. Email or call 561.350.9519 for more info. 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. Save the date: "Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle 100th Birthday Gala: Our Legend, Her Legacy" will take place on her birthday, Sept. 24, at Boca West Country Club. The event presenter is The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. Honorary chairpersons are Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt. Gala chairwoman and vice chairwoman are Commander Isabel K. Paul and Dame Alyce E. Erickson, respectively. Hollywood celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic will be the keynote speakers at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s 9th Annual Go Pink Luncheon Friday, October 26, 2012 from 11am to 1:30 pm at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The second Meet Me on the Promenade downtown street festival is Oct. 26 and 27 with a Halloween theme. 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. You can have your own internet television show very inexpensively. Contact Wayne at 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. For Al-Anon-meetings in South Palm Beach County, go to 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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