Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Barrys Buzz Dec. 20, 2012

     Richard Hayduk, formerly from Sanibel and Captiva, has been named president of the Boca Raton Resort and Club as Steve Ast returns to Arizona.
      Palm Beach County Commissioners delayed a proposal by Chairman Steven Abrams to change �Chairman� to �Mayor� for more public input.
      Congratulations to Ira Sabin, newly elected Chair of the Palm Beach County Republican Party.
      FAU to honor bestselling James Patterson with a honorary doctorate at graduation ceremonies in May.
      Foreclosure cases continue to clog court dockets with 32,000 pending foreclosures in Palm Beach County alone with no relief in sight, causing a backlog of thousands more and the state of Florida expects a half million foreclosures in the next two years. Causing the logjam are homeowners stalling tactics, bank delays, legal maneuvers and massive amounts of paper-work shuffling. Call 561.945.0000  to avoid foreclosure if you are facing it.
      London, a Boca Raton-based champion poodle, has conquered the world by earning "Best In Show" at the Eukanuba World Challenge in Orlando.
     Federal taxpayers in West Boca have made at least 77 complaints since January about suspects who filed bogus income returns in their name for 2011, causing the Internal Revenue Service to reject their returns. Complaints about identity theft refund fraud have been compiled by the West Boca Forum after they were filed with Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office District 7.
     Parents looking for family activities while school is out will find snow, a movie, a new show, crafts and even a drop-off day before Christmas at Sugar Sand Park through Jan. 4.
      The Port of Palm Beach served 341,000 cruise passengers on the Celebration and Port Everglades reported 3.6 million passenger, up 12%  in 2011. Revenue at the Palm Beach port was $14.6 million up 20% from the previous year, with Port Everglades posting revenues of $60 million by cruise traffic.
      More than 60,000 New Yorkers moved to Florida this year, more than any other state migration. Georgia to Florida moves totaled 38,000 while 42,000 moved out of Florida, resulting in a net loss of 4,000 people. Most of the Mid-westerners moves settles on the west coast.
      Citizens Property Insurance plans to shell out $350,000.000 in loans to private insurers to take thousands of policy holders off its hands.
      Barry Epstein Live internet television show from the Boca Raton Tribune features computer guru Rich Loeb, internet marketing guru Jeremy Pound and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch it on, as well as on Vimeo to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres.     
      Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres are This is 40, Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, Monsters, Inc. in 3D and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. Movies opening Christmas day are Django Unchained and Les Miserables. Movies opening Friday at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth are Anna Karenina and Guilt Trip.  Movies opening Christmas day there are Les Miserables and Parental Guidance.
       Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. on           
        Parade Productions' 'The Santaland Diaries' 7:30 p.m. today through Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Studio Theatre, 2nd Floor. Go to or call 566-811-4111 for tickets and further information. 
      Sleeping Beauty from the Royal Ballet of London at 7:00pm will be at Movies of Delray December 13 and on December 16 at Movies of Lake Worth. The Nutcracker from the Royal Ballet of London is December 23, at 1:00 in Delray and 6:30 in Lake Worth. Tickets are $20.
      Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd. #73 presents (title of show) Dec. 1- 16. visit  or call. 561.394.2626.
       Avi Hoffman stars in Luv Dec. 6-30 at the Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd. Manalapan. Call 561.588.1820 or visit
       Pursued by a Bear is at the Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St. Delray Beach 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-30. Go to or call 450.6457.
       The Stage Door Theater, 8036 W. Sample Road, presents Showboat Dec. 7 Dec. 31. Go to or call 954.344.7765.
       Sister Act is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 18-30. Tickets and information are at
       Jersey Boys opening show at the Kravis Center Wednesday evening was cancelled due to a union strike. Further information is 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 info.
       The Interview, The Women s Theatre Project s second production in their new venue, The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, will open on January 4th, 2013 and run through January 20th.  The Interview will be The Women s Theatre Project s 30th production since they were founded in 2002. Tickets for all performances are $25, or $20 if purchased before December 21st. Call 561-347-3948.
     The Palm Beach Pops presents Here s to the Ladies at FAU on Jan. 5 & 6. Tickets and information are at
     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.
      Mark your calendars: Luxury Chamber network on Jan. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. hosted by and at 200 East, 200 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, with guest speakers, Ira Sabin and Rico Petrocelli, newly elected chairs of the Republican Party from Palm Beach and Broward Counties.Register at
      The Allianz Championship golf tournament is set for Feb. 4 at the Broken Sound Old Course and brought $15 million to Boca Raton in 2012.
      The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University presents the "Your Medical School" Gala, January 5th, 2013. 
      The Drowsy Chaperone opens Jan. 17 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Call 561-586-6410 or visit for tickets and information.
        2013 Rotary Opal honorees Leif Ahnell, Bobby Campbell, Jay DiPietro, Kevin Ross and Rick Zimmer will be feted at a Jan. 19. Gala.
        Luxury Chamber network featuring Ira Sabin and Rico Petrocelli, chairs of the Palm Beach and Broward Republican Parties will be Jan. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. at the luxurious 200 East on Palmetto Park Road. Go to to register.
        Delray Beach resident Alie Rothman was diagnosed with MS at the age of 14, just one year after an open-heart surgery. But that hasn�t stopped her from helping others. She will be honored at the MS Gala Luncheon, 10 a.m. January 23 at the Sheltair Airplane Hangar, 1100 Lee Wagner Blvd. Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are also available. Visit or call 954.731.4224 for further information.
       Parade Productions presents Michael McKeever in The Whole Caboodle, Feb. 1-24 in the Mizner Park Cultural theatre, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. See or call 866-811-4111 for more information and ticket reservations.
       Mark your calendars: The 2013 Boca Festival of the Arts is March 7-16 at Mizner Park Amphitheatre and Cultural Arts Center.
       JARC s 27th annual gala dinner dance honoring Rabbi Dan Levin and Judy Levis Markhoff is March 10, 2012 at Boca West Country Club.
       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 & 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  or more information. Email or
       Florence Fuller Child Development Centers presents the Men with Caring Hearts Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. on 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.
       If you have computer issues, or need a website, contact Rich Loeb, at 561.809.4550.
        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 or your service, call 561.852.0000. has a newly redesigned website and openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
        Our column will now also be in the Boca Raton Tribune and on line at, where you can also watch our weekly internet television show, broadcasting from the Boca Raton Tribune building, as well as continuing on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website.       
       Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the holiday!
        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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