Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Barrys Buzz Nov. 22, 2012

     For the first time in almost 50 years, a Commissioner  from Boca, former Boca Raton Mayor Steve Abrams was elected Chair of the Palm Beach County Commission and the South County Regional Park was renamed the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in his honor upon his retirement from the Commission after 20 years of service.
    West Boca residents Jerry and Debra Kramer deliver Turkey dinners every Thanksgiving to Dixie Manor apartment residents every year.
     Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie proposed allowing dogs romp on a stretch of Boca beach for a limited time period. YAY!!!!
     Motorists can vote on four new seven character Florida Tag designs from Nov. 26-Dec. 14 at
     Boca Raton-based private equity firm Sun Capital Partners wants to buy bankrupt bakery Hostess Brands Inc. keeping the workers, their unions and opening the factories.
     The Boca Raton Glades Road Branch Library will be closed for repairs from 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 through Sunday, December 2.
     Boca Raton law firm Rutherford Mulhall has hired a receiver, Hollywood-based Michael Moecker & Associates, to wind down its operations and pay off creditors. Named partners Charles Rutherford and John Mulhall have split, each opening their own offices. Rutherford opened The Rutherford Law Firm with offices in upscale Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Mulhall opened the Law Offices of John T. Mulhall in Boca Raton. Other attorneys are looking for a job.
    Boca Raton�s Marta Batmasian, Investments Limited and  Lynn University Dean David L Jaffee, were named to the board of WXEL public television.
    Boca Raton philanthropist Rosemary Krieger was honord as a 2012 Women of Grace by the Behesda Hospital Foundation.
    Boca Raton resident Jamie Lober was appointed to the City of Boca Raton Persons With Disabilities Advisory Board.
    John Henry�s Boca based money management firm is throwing in the towel. At one point they managed, $2.5 billion in assests.
     Dr. Lata Shintre opened a urgent care center in the Fountains Center, Suite 102, 7600 W. Camino Real, at the corner of Powerline Road.
     Boca Raton based Office Depot, with 110 employees in Boca, lost $70 million in the last quarter and announced plans to downsize or relocate 50% of stores worldwide, and may merge with Office Max. They also bailed out on a $10 million sponsorship of a NASCAR race car. 
     Boca Raton based time-share resort business Bluegreen Corporation received a $10/share offer from BFC Financial Corp, former BankAtlantic owners.
     Baja Beach Club which opened Oct. 5 at Palmetto and Powerline Roads, has closed after a month of operations. No word yet on what will open there.
     Former FAU student Donald R. French, 25, was charged with running a $10 million Ponzi scheme that bilked about 50 victims who lost $1.3 million.
     There are 190,000 Palm Beach County, up 14%,  and 1.1 million South Florida residents, one third of Florida, on Food Stamps and 17,000 more in October.
     Honoring the public for giving Veterans a new lease on life by giving donations to The Veterans of Foreign Wars post #10556, the Veterans Palmetto Park Club House had a  Bar-B-Que recently taking wheelchaired War Veterans Hero's from the V.A. Hospital to the  post headquarters for the day with gifts, etc.
     The Miami Marlins pushed the self destruct button by unloading high salaried players but owner Jeffrey Loria still pocketed $20 million in profits last year.
      Watch the Deli Man Trailer:   
        Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl and Barry Epstein airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. on        
       The Stage Door Theater, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs presents 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks through Dec. 2. Showboat plays Dec. 7 � Dec. 31. Go to for tickets or call 954.344.7765, as well as to view future shows.
       Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. with Author Dr. Amy Botwinick, (Divorce Party The Musical), Movie Maven Morrie Zryl, Palm Beach Pops� Joshua Pitchurski and Sage Lehman and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
       Movies opened yesterday at the Cinemark and Regal Shadowwood theatres are The Silver Linings Playbook with Robert DiNiro and Bradley Cooper, Life of Pi, Red Dawn and Rise of the Guardians. The Sessions opened Wednesday at Movies of Delray and Lake Worth and Life of Pi at Movies of Lake Worth.
      The Boca Raton free Holiday Lighting Extravaganza is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre with real snow, a live sculpture demonstration, Santa Claus, Children�s rides and activities, a fireworks display and a state-of-the-art virtual tree lighting ceremony introduced by Mayor Susan Welchel and featuring 3-D image mapping technology similar to that used during the Super Bowl. Visit, call 561.544.8600 or visit for more information.
      Divorce Party The Musical is at the Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, Nov. 27-Dec.9. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.
      Palm Beach Pops presents Home for the Holidays Nov. 29 & 30 at the FAU Barry and Carole Kaye auditorium. Go to for more information and to review the upcoming concert schedule or call 561.832.7677 or toll free to 1.800.448.2472.

    The VI annual Rotary Carousel Day at Sugar Sand Park is Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the kids at Boca helping Hands and the Wayne Barton study Center. Hotdogs and Hamburgers available. Have fun at the Carousel with your kids.
       Avi Hoffman performs �Still Jewish After All These Years� as a benefit for the JFS Food Pantry and Shared Care at Temple Beth El, 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets at or call 561.391.8900. Group rates are available for 20 or more.
       The Retired Educators Social Clum presents �Years of Lyndon Baines Johnson� with actress Gloria Shapiro noon, Dec. 3 at Stratford Court, 6343 Via De Sonrisa Del Sur, Boca Raton. New members and the public are welcome free of charge. For more information, call 954.255.6360.
        Phyllis and Harvey Sandler will be honored by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Dec. 6 at St. Andrews Country Club, with CBS correspondent Dan Raviv and
Israel�s 9th Mossad director Efraim Levy. Call Dana Vizner at 561.852.3270 for reservations.
        Palm Beach County Commissioners hosts the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, December 6 and 7 at the Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa, 5 North A1A, Jupiter. For more info, visit
       Soroptimists invite friends to a holiday party 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8 in Woodfield Country Club, 3286 Harrigton Dr. Boca Raton. RSVP to
        The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Musum free 20th Anniversary National Tour will start at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec.9 at the Marriott, 5150 Town Center Circle. Advance reservations are required. Go to
       Palm Beach County and Comptroller Sharon Bock is offering couples to be married at the historic courthouse on a significant date, 12-12-12. Call 561.355.2468 to register.
        Temple Beth Shira�s 7th Annual Giant Community Yard Sale is Dec. 16 at Spanish River Community High School. Details are at
     Jersey Boys is at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Tickets and information are at
     The Boca Raton Resort & Club will host its first annual Countdown New Year�s Eve Poolside Bash 8:30 p.m. Dec 31st, 2012. Call 561.447.3000 for more info.
     Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Camelot, directed by former Caldwell Artistic Director Clive Cholerton, January 11-13 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit for ticket information.
       2013 Rotary Opal honorees Leif Ahnell, Bobby Campbell, Jay DiPietro, Kevin Ross and Rick Zimmer will be feted at a Jan. 19. Gala.
        The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University presents the "Your Medical School" Gala,
January 5th, 2013. 
        Mark your calendars: The 2013 Boca Festival of the Arts is March 7-16 at Mizner Park Amphitheatre and Cultural Arts Center.
        Heads up. Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in American History, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual YMCA of South Palm Beach County Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 12 at the Boca Resort and Club, honoring Henrietta Countess DeHoernle and chaired by Linda Spielman. For details, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call Georgia Rose, 561.237.0944.
       The 5th annual Boating 7 Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at Spanish River Park, Boca Raton. Last year, 5,000 people participated, making it the largest free � fun day in the U.S. for children and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Call 561.715.2622 or go to for more information. Email or
       Florence Fuller Child Development Centers presents the 12th Annual Men with Caring Hearts Awards Luncheon 11:30 am. -1:30 p.m. April 26th at Boca West Country Club.
       FORECLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Contact Keyes Company/Ragbir Team Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) Realtor JOANNE EPSTEIN at 561.945.0000 and visit to find out how she can save you from foreclosure, with no cost for attorneys, fees or commissions.
      Nerium can take away your wrinkles overnight. Call 561.945.0000 to try this amazing product for free.
       If you have computer issues, or need a website, contact Rich Loeb, at 561.809.4550 or PC professor in Boca Raton or West Palm Beach, the preeminent computer repair and learning environment. Call 561.750.7879 or visit for more information and classes.
        Alpha Omega Biometrics Division is a one-stop service offering affordably priced background screening and drug testing for all your electronic fingerprinting requirements. Protect your loved ones. Visit for more information or call toll free, 1.800.998.8298.
        P.O.M. Outreach needs your help to save the life of Baby Lily, born without a rectum. Please visit to donate your help or call 561.247.9056 or email to
        Biscayne Marketing in Boca offers a fully staffed inbound call center for all businesses at less cost than in house centers. Call Rick Alovis at 561.994.6445 or visit for further information. has a newly redesigned website and openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
       You can have your own internet television show very inexpensively or appear on Barry Epstein Live with 32,200 viewers. Call 561.852.0000 for more info.
        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
        Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season to all my readers. It has been a pleasure to serve you. Our last column will be Dec. 27, but you can read it starting January 3 in the Boca Raton Tribune and other publications, as well as on my website,
        Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of, the 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` - or on his website:

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