Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Barry;s Buzz Aug. 2, 2012

Florida Atlantic University released a report that shows its estimated economic impact tops $6.3 billion annually in its six-county service region. FAU contributed $2.5 billion to direct spending in Florida for the 2010-11 fiscal year, its activities are responsible for more than 60,450 in-state jobs and FAU’s presence in the state generates a $4.1 billion increase in Florida’s gross domestic product and a $6.3 billion increase in gross sales. FAU has more than 29,000 undergraduate students in six counties throughout southeast Florida. The temple and Jewish school at Chabad of Boca Raton were saved from foreclosure by a mysterious company that bought its loan from Wells Fargo. Boca attorney Scott A. Frank declined to identify the savior. Mitchell Rubenstein and Laurie Silvers, husband and wife owners of Boca Raton based Hollywood Media Corp. have sold two vacant residential lots in Palm Beach for almost $24 million. Bob Langford, executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District for 20 years, retires in September. Regulators approved the sale of Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic to BB&T. The Final Presidential Debate at Lynn University on Oct. 20 will focus on Foreign Policy. The Republican National Committee will be in Boca next week taping former ’08 Obama supporters who are not supporting him in ’12. Congressional candidate Adam Hasner is an honorary chair of the Jewish Americans for Mitt Romney. The adorable Peter Pan opened last night at the Kravis Center through Sunday. Get tickets at call 561.832.7469. Divorce Party The Musical continues at the Kravis Center through August 19. Tickets at 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 plays through Aug. 26. Call 954.344.7765 for ticket information or visit Soroptimists of Boca is seeking sponsors for the 39th annual “Women of Distinction” awards breakfast on Oct. 3 at Boca West Country Club. Contact kim@championhome.ocm or call 561.347.0440. Deadline is Sept. 21 for all ads. Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Ultimate Diver Challenge Producer Pam Bertrand, State Attorney candidate Dina Keever and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy. Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatre are Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, The Queen of Versailles and Farewell, My Queen. Yes is playing tomorrow evening at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre with Procol Harum as the opening act. Tickets are $55 -$95 and can be purchased at the tent outside the venue from 1 p.m. on to avoid Ticketmaster fees. The final fee concert is 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 with The Fabulons oldies band. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is celebrating their 40th birthday with a free community Back-to-School Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4 at both the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach locations. See Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks are at the BankAtlantic Center Aug. 4. Go to for info. The Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton hosts a free swim clinic with two Olympic swimmers, Maritza Correia (the first African American to break a world record in swimming) and Gil Stovall (who competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China) from 1 to 4 p.m. on August 11. Highlights include learning the Olympians favorite swim drills, a Q&A session with photos wearing a real Olympic medal and much more. Register at The Luxury Chamber of Commerce features a monthly wine and Cheese mixer at Steinway Piano Gallery, 7940 N. Federal Highway, #100,, Boca Raton, on August 20 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. with a special guest speaker. Details and reservations at 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. "Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle 100th Birthday Gala: Our Legend, Her Legacy" will be honored 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. The sixth annual Theatre Arts Guild Ice Cream Social is being held on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Broken Sound Country Club with a Jersey Boys tribute by the Atlantic City Boys, including some of the former members of the Jersey Boys. Go to for details. 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. 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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