Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Barrys Buzz Dec. 27, 2012

     South Florida gun dealers are reporting record sales in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, as buyers are wary of the national gun control debate and are snapping up supplies, fearing another ban. One firearms dealer reported increased sales of $60,000.00 in one week after the Newtown shooting.
     Paws2Help, Inc. is a small, privately-run Animal Services Charity in desperate need of funds to relocate. Recent inspections by building experts & engineers show that the foundation of their building is slowly sinking because of the sugar sand underneath. Go to to donate.
     Express lanes will be coming to I-95 from the Broward County line to Linton Blvd., in conjunction with a new interchange at Spanish Rive Boulevard and widening of I-95 to 10 lanes from Glades Road to Linton Boulevard with two express lanes in each direction and three to four free lanes in each direction.
     The South Florida Public Relations Network, recognized Barry Epstein, APR, president of Barry R. Epstein Associates, Inc. for his efforts by assisting in its founding and to inspire and contribute to the group. This is the first time a marketing and public relations professional has been singled out. Epstein has been in business for more than 30 years and provides a broad range of business advisory services for clients, according to various newspaper reports. 
     Trying to emerge from bankruptcy, the Sun-Sentinel and some other Tribune newspapers are dropping stories from the Associated Press.
     South Tech Academy with students from all over Palm Beach County, was named an �A� rated school.
     A proposed train that would link Orlando International Airport with Miami could generate $145 million in annual fares by 2018.
    Did you know? 42% of a car dealer�s profits comes from parts & service, 21% comes from finance and insurance and 24% comes from new vehicle sales.
     Expect additional income taxes of about $4,000 for all families in 2012, reduced Federal services, delayed income tax returns and higher costs.
     Normal Tuesday garbage pickup on Christmas will resume on Friday Dec. 27 and Jan. 1 garbage and recycled bins will be picked up.
     Florida SunPass users and North Carolina Quick Pass users can use their toll collection transponders in either state beginning in July.
     Parents looking for family activities while school is out will find snow, a movie, a new show and crafts at Sugar Sand Park through Jan. 4.
      Digital Risk, which assesses banks� risk on mortgage loans, created the most new jobs in the Florida during 2012, hiring 185 people in Boca Raton.
      Movies that opened Christmas at the Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Shadowwood and Movies of Delray and Lake Worth theatres are Les Miserables, Django and Parental Guidance.
      Barry Epstein Live internet television show from the Boca Raton Tribune features Palm Beach Pops� Joshua Pichurski, Body Balance expert Juli Anna California, Boca Raton columnist Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr. and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch it on, as well as on Vimeo to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres.     
       Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. on           
      Avi Hoffman stars in Luv through Dec. 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. through Dec. 30. Go to or call 450.6457.
       The Stage Door Theater, 8036 W. Sample Road, presents Showboat through Dec. 31 and The World Goes Round opens Dec. 27.  Go to or call 954.344.7765 for ticket information.
       A memorial service for Jan McArt�s brother Don �Bunny� McArt is 4 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University.
       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.
       Palm Beach Pops presents Here�s to the Ladies with Broadway leading actress Christine Andreas at the FAU Barry and Carole Kaye Performing Arts Center on Jan. 5 and 6, moving to the Eissey Theatre on the Palm Beach State College campus in Lake Worth on Jan. 8 and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on Jan. 9 and 10.  Call 561.832.7677 for ticket information or visit
         MEMORIES MILESTONES AND MEMOIRS- New writing workshop begins Tuesday January 8 from 2 pm til 4:30 PM -- 4 weeks -- Jan 8, 15, 22, 29  at the DeHoernele Train Depot at 747 So Dixie Hway in Boca Raton. Must sign up for all 4 classes - ($80.00 FOR BOCA RESIDENTS- $100. FOR OTHERS)  at the Boca Raton Community Center 393 7995. Emily Rosen, MA, MS instructor- 561 477 8727.
      West Boca Community Council meets 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Boca Lago Country Club to discuss what residents would like to see in 2013. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by January 4 to
      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.
      Lara Logan, CBS chief foreign affairs and 60 Minutes correspondent will be the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County�s Lion of Judah Luncheon, Jan. 17 at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive. Contact Robin Agronin at 561.852.5054 for ticket information.
      The Luxury Chamber network will be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at 200 East Palmetto Park Road. Go to for further information.     
      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.
        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.       
       To all my readers: A most happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you, your family and business associates. May 2013 be the best ever for you.
        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 and; email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is in the Boca Raton Tribune and on the website as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at - and on his website:

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