Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Barrys Buzz Sept. 6, 2012

Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Roger Amidon, has resigned to accept the position of General Manager at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa. He leaves the TDC Sept. 14 and starts Sept 17. Palm Beach County delegates to the Democrat National Convention closing today included Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson, Congressman Ted Deutch, Property Tax Collector Anne Gannon, Party Chair Mark Alan Siegel, Riviera Beach Mayor Bishop Thomas Masters, and others, some of whom will be traveling by bus. State Rep. Lori Berman is on the Platform Committee. The Boca Raton Bridge Hotel was sold to a New York group for $20.2 million. A new Downtown Boca Rotary Club has started. OMGfast Hi-Speed internet is now available in West Boca, offering MVDDS new technology with extremely fast downloads of 50Mbps and higher on an exclusive secure connection. Contact or call 954.643.7102. BB&T is closing two branches on Federal Highway and St. Andrews Blvd. in Boca, folding them into nearby Bank Atlantic stores. Hurricane Isaac not only wrecked havoc in Palm Beach County, causing almost $4 million of damages, but with over 200 oil rigs shut down in the gulf, gas prices have risen almost 10 cents and drivers can look to over $4 per gallon in prices soon. South Florida home prices for sales jumped 21% in July over the same period last year. Palm Beach county had over 1247 single family closings with a median price of $217,000 up 15% from 2011. The once plentiful housing inventory is rapidly shrinking with lenders opening the spigot with almost 40% of the deals coming with a mortgage. That was almost unheard of last year. 20% of the Real Estate deals are coming from foreign buyers, pumping $4.2 billion dollars into the South Florida real estate market for the year ending June 30. Buyers from Latin America and the Caribbean made up almost 35% of all foreign purchases, including Brazil at 9%. European investors accounted for 20% of all buyers, while non-resident Canadians totaled 31%. Over 80% of all sales were all cash buys. A Shayna Maidel plays through Sept. 16 at the Stage Door Theatre on Sample Road in Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 for ticket information or visit Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl and Barry Epstein airs tonight at 6 p.m. on Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring The Theatre at the Arts Garage Artistic Director Lou Tyrell, movie maven Morrie Zryl, computer, internet and website consultant Leon Merker and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win tickets to the Cinemark, Gateway and Last Picture Show Theatres. Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark Theatre are The Cold Light of Day, For A Good Time, Call, The Words (also at Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth, bringing back Bill W.), Obama’s America 2016 is still playing at the Cinemark Theatres. Don’t miss it. Downtown Boca hosts “Boca and Brazil Meet to Celebrate the Brazilian Beat’, for Brazil’s Independence Day Sept. 7. Boca’s Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation President Jan Savarick, Phyllis Green, Chairman of Green Advertising and Hospice by the Sea’s Paula J. Alderson will be honored on Sept. 13 as among South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Business Women of 2012 at the Hyatt Pier 66 Awards Luncheon in Ft. Lauderdale. Register at or call 954.949.7522. Soroptimists of Boca is seeking sponsors for the 39th annual “Women of Distinction” awards breakfast on Oct. 3 at Boca West Country Club. Contact or call 561.347.0440. Deadline is Sept. 21 for all ads. The Steve Bagdan Charitable Foundation presents the 24th Annual Golf Classic benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club. Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities are available. Email to or call 561.347-6799 for more information. "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. The Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s 2012-2013 season will begin with a comedy, A.R. Gurneys Sylvia from September 28- October 14 and end in March with a classic, Kander & Ebbs Chicago, at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are on sale at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. 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. Boca-based Bluegreen Corp. is putting on "Two to Tango," the gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that will move to the Boca Raton Marriott on Oct. 5. The Compassionate Friends, Inc., is a non-profit 501 c 3 self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to all bereaved parents. Annually, a car show-fund raiser is held to raise monies in order to continue offering services to the community of parents who have experienced the death of a child. Under the Lights" will be held Friday, October 19 at 7 pm at St. Paul's Church, 701 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Car trophies will be awarded as well as cash raffle drawings, basket auctions and gourmet food trucks. Music provided by Rockin Rich. Proceeds will benefit The Compassionate Friends, who are about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. For more info to attend or to pre register a car, contact at E’s Giuliana Rancic will host cocktails, hors d’oevres and desserts to honor Sun-Sentinel’s Life’s Victories survivors and help fight breast cancer, 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the 110 Tower in Ft. Lauderdale. Giuliana and her husband Bill will then 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. They also welcomed a baby boy named Edward Duke Rancic via surrogate born last week. The second Meet Me on the Promenade downtown street festival is Oct. 26 and 27 with a Halloween theme. You can be part of Solavei, new cell phone company starting Sept. 21. Unlimited 4G calls, text, messaging and data for a flat rate of $49 per month, plus you can make money by referring others. Email for a personal, no obligation, invite. has openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information. You can have your own internet television show very inexpensively or sponsor mine. Contact 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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