Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Barrys Buzz Dec. 6, 2012

      Chairman of the Palm Beach County Commission Steven Abrams is proposing his title be changed to Mayor as is done in Broward and Dade Counties.
      Nestler Poletto Sotheby's, which owns the exclusive Sotheby's International Realty franchise in South Palm Beach County and North Broward, is moving its main office to 200 East, an upscale residential condominium and mixed-use project at 200 East Palmetto Park Road.  The luxury brokerage purchased the new 3,100 square foot office space, located on the ground floor of building, from the developer, The Lojeta Group.  Nestler Poletto Sotheby's currently leases 2,800 square feet at One South Ocean Boulevard in Boca Raton, a spot it has occupied for the past five years.
     Breaking down the U.N. Vote: The U.N. General Assembly upgraded the Palestinian Authority's observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" Thursday. Vote Results: Yes: 138; Key votes. France, Italy Norway: No: 9 Key votes: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States; Abstentions: 41; Key Votes: Britain, Germany, Netherlands. Benefits of new Status: The upgrade gives the Palestinian Authority privileges such as access to the International Criminal Court and other international bodies. The only other state or entity with this status is the Vatican. Remember who our friends are and who are not.
      With cost-cutting the motivator, Congress is discussing use of a $1 coin to replace dollar bills which would save $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.
      FAU leaves the Sun Belt Conference and moves to the Conference USA reinstating their rivalry with FIU for the Shula Bowl trophy.
      Construction on the 270 foot wraparound seawall and dock at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel has begun.
      Delray Marketplace, which was scheduled to open in November, is now scheduled to open in early 2013.
      Fifteen Lynn University students will travel to Washington D.C. Jan. 14 � 21 to observe the re-inauguration of the nation�s 44th president, Barack Obama.
      Since 2006, banks have repossessed 450,000 Florida homes. South Florida�s housing inventory has plunged 68% in the past four years. 108,000 homes were sold in Thanksgiving of 2008 and this year only 34,000 have hit the sales block in Broward, Palm Beach and Martin County due to strong investor buying, banks holding off on foreclosed properties and sellers who want to sell, but are stuck because they are underwater on their mortgage loan.
      Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. on         
       The Stage Door Theater, 8036 W. Sample Road, presents Showboat Dec. 7 � Dec. 31. Go to or call 954.344.7765.
       Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark and Regal Shadowwood theatres are Hitchcock and Playing for Keeps. 
      Sleeping Beauty from the Royal Ballet of London December 8th at 1:00pm and December 13 at 7:00pm will be at Movies of Delray 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.
      Divorce Party The Musical is at the Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, through Dec.9. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.
      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
       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
       Exit, 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 36th Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway is 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.
       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
       PB County and Comptroller Sharon Bock offers couples to be married at the historic courthouse on a significant date, 12-12-12. Call 561.355.       
       Ruth Rales JFS Annual Gala is Dec. 13 at St. Andrews Country Club. Tickets are $500. Call 561.852.5013 or visit
        Temple Beth El presents Haukkah under the stars 5 to 9 p.m. December 14 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre.
        Temple Beth Shira�s 7th Annual Giant Community Yard Sale is Dec. 16 at Spanish River Community High School. Details are at
     In her first public appearance since her election, Congresswoman-elect Lois Frankel speaks at the Luxury Chamber network Dec. 17, hosted by Jim Barr at Reserve Wealth Mangement, 3837 NW Boca Raton Blvd. Boca Raton and catered by the South Tech Academy Culinary students. Go to for tickets and information.
     Sister Act is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 18-30. Tickets and information 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.
     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.
      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.
       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 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 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.
      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.
        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. has openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
        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 last column on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website will be Dec. 27. Starting Jan. 3, read the column in the Boca Tribune,
        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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