Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz Feb. 20, 2013

       The FAU Football stadium has been renamed the GEO Group stadium in a $6 million, 12 year deal, payable at $2 million per year.
       As reported first in this column months ago, Boca Raton based Office Depot and Office Max will merge, creating a nearly $18 billion company.
       Boca Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie was named the 2012 Woman of the Year by Women in Transportation.
         Clarice Touhey is the new president of Forum publishing group, with more than two dozen community weekly newspapers and the Jewish Journal.
       The Boca Raton Bridge Hotel will get a major makeover with Carmen's only for banquets, sunroof fitness facilities, outdoor bar and amenities.
       Burt & Max's Bar and Grille had a soft opening for dinner at the new Delray Marketplace on Atlantic Ave and Lyons Road. Full service starts March 4.
       Boca West Country Club topped the rankings on the 2013 South Florida Business Journal�s private country clubs list with 3,110 total paid memberships.
       Burt Richards wants to create a war memorabilia veteran's museum in Palm Beach County. Email or call 561.734.4527.
       Citizens Property Insurance has 139,000 policyholders in Palm Beach County and plans to unload 31,000 wind storm policies.
       Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. on
       Among Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres are West of Memphis, Snitch and Dark Skies. Quartet and Argo opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth theatres. Sign the petition for Nicky's family there and at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac.     
       Barry Epstein Live internet television show features South Tech Culinary Academy Instructor Suzanne O'Neil, Certified Business Coach Michael J. Dill, Ten Golden Rules Guru Jay Berkowitz, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival president Alan Koslow, and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy. Watch it on Friday morning, or any time after that on,, or to win free Cinemark theatre tickets.            
     Popular Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson will be promoting his new book "Affairs of State" at 2 p.m. Thursdays at various libraries. Preregistration is required at
      The Boca Raton Green Market, in its 16th year has farm-to-table, fresh-picked produce from local growers and lots more 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every  Saturday at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner downtown Boca Raton, featuring live music on the Piazza stage by PRESERVATION,  playing the music of Rolling Stones, Beatles, Eric Clapton, BB King, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, and more.
      U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel sponsor a Free Veterans Benefits & Job Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 20 at the West Palm Beach Armory, 3193 Gun Club Road. Employers may contact, or call, 561.470.5440 or 561.998.9045.
     Morgan Fairchild is the guest speaker at the Women in Distress luncheon, sponsored by PNC Bank, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Woodfield Country Club. 3650 Club Place. Visit or call 954.760.9800 ext. 1244 for tickets and more information.
     Waist Watchers The Musical! is at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan Feb. 21-May 12. Visit or call 561.588.1820 for tickets.
     Bob Newhart will headline the 7th annual Boca Raton Concours d�Elegance three day event benefiting the Broward Boys and Girls Club at the Boca Resort and Club starting Feb. 22.
     Cinemark Theatres presents 2013 Oscar Marathon, showing the films nominated for Best Picture before the Academy Awards: Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained on Feb. 23. Get tickets, $30 per day, on or at the theatre box office. Call 561.395.4695 for further information.
      An 80's Festival is 3-10 p.m. Feb. 23 at Sunset cove Amphitheatre, 12551 Glades Road in West Boca with Eddie Money, Debbie Gibson, Expose's Gioia Brunu, Stacey Q, Pretty Poison and more. Visit for tickets and more information.
     Singer Clint Holmes returns for his fourth season with Maestro Bob Lappin & The Palm Beach Pops in five performances Feb. 25 to March 3 at the Kravis Center, FAU on Feb. 27 and 28 and Eissey Theatre. Visit Holmes or call 561.832.7677 for tickets.
     The Retired Educators Club will meet noon, Feb. 25 with Linda Weil, Environmentalist & Community Activist speaking on "Think Globally, Act Globally" at Stratford Court,6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur, Boca Raton. The public and new members are invited free. Call 954-255-6360 or 561-483-5445 for more info.
      Jewish National Fund features Hal Linden, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 27 free at Boca West Country Club. or call 1.800.211.1502.
      The Andre Fladell Scholarship Program free fundraiser for CJ Foundation is 5:30 pm Feb. 27 at  Prime, 110 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray. RSVP to 561-699-8720.
      Beth Ami Congregation, 1401 NW 4th Ave. Boca Raton, presents a free showing of Defiance, 7 p.m. Feb. 27.
      Anything Goes is at Boca High, Feb.28-March 3, south side of Glades Road just east of I-95. Visit or call 561.338.1533 for tickets.
      South Florida's top talent of Avi Hoffman, Patti Gardner, Ken Clement, Sally Bondi, and Krisha Marcano (Broadway's The Color Purple) star in The Boca Raton Theatre Guild's production of Chicago March 1st - 17th. Go to or call 561.347.3948 for tickets at $35. each. Group sales available too. 
       Generations Concert featuring Natalie Cole is 7 p.m. March 1 in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. Visit or call 561.237.9000 for tickets. Further information at or call 561.213.8209.
     Abbacadabra:the ultimate ABBA tribute, is in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University March 2 & 3. or call 561.237.9000.
      The Boca Raton Symphonia presents Music and Dance Under the Stars 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. March 3. Visit
       The 2013 Boca Festival of the Arts is March 7-16 at Mizner Park Amphitheatre and Cultural Arts Center. Washington Post columnist will speak at  4 p.m. March 9 in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Thomas Keneally, author of the book based on Shindler's list speaks 7 p.m. March 11 and former U.S. Army Chief of Staff Retired Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaks 7:30 p.m. March 12. To purchase tickets, visit or call 866.571.2787.
      Davis and Dow, award winning jazz duo, present a free concert at the Spanish River Library 1501 N.W. Spanish River Blvd.  3 to 4 p.m. March 10.
      Jan McArt presents The Three Swingers: April in Paris, Tea for Two and on the Sunny Side of the Street in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University 4 p.m. March 10. Go to or call 561.237.9000 for tickets.
       JARC's 27th annual gala dinner dance and auction, honoring Rabbi Dan Levin and Judy Levis Markhoff is 6 p.m. March 10, 2012 at Boca West Country Club. Tickets are $250. Call 561.558.2550 for more information or email
       Contributing correspondent on NBC's Today Show, author, and chair of UNICEF's Next Generation, Jenna Bush Hager is the guest speaker and Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen will be honored at the 23rd Annual Book of Hope Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. March 11 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, sponsored by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Tickets are $125. Call 561.218.2929 or visit Chairs are Dana Konhauzer and Bonnie Scharf.
       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 at, 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  for more information. Email or
      Carlyn & Lothar Mayer hosts U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at a Pro-Israel lunch 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 17, at the Aragon, 2491 S. Ocean Blvd. M-1, Boca Raton. Costs: $500 and up. RSVP to or call 561.388.9415 for further information.
     Jan McArt presents Champagne and Bosom Buddies: A Tribute to Jerry Herman at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University 7:30 p.m. March 18. Call 561.237.9000 or visit for tickets.
     Subway guru Larry Feldman speaks in Zinman Hall at the Business and Professional Division breakfast of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County 8 a.m. March 20. Tickets are $36 including breakfast. Visit, email or call 561.852.3128.
     Chaired by Janice Williams, the 12th Annual Honor Your Doctor Luncheon is March 20 at Broken Sound Club. Visit or call 561.299.1429.
      My Son The Writer - A Jewish Tragedy, is at the Stage Door Theatre March 20-24. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and info.
      Lynn University's 14th Annual Blue & White Auction including silent and live auctions, raffles, beer and wine reception with food provided by the Capital Grille, to benefit Lynn University athletics program is 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn. Register online at or call 561.237.9000 to order tickets.
       Boca Bacchanal benefit for the Historical Society and Museum is March 22-24 at the Boca Resort. Visit or call 561.395.6766. 
      The Florida East Coast Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters honors Palm Beach Opera�s General Director Daniel Biaggi at the annual Red Rose dinner, 6 p.m. April 4th at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, 2425 Maya Palm Drive West, Boca Raton, FL. Visit or or call 561-391-6380 for $225 tickets. For more information, contact Carol Kassie, or call 561-445-9244.
      Jan McArt presents Miami All Stars "America's Got Talent" Finalists in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University April 6 & 7. Visit or call 561.237.9000 for tickets and more information.
       Lynn University's 21st Annual Fran A. Robino Jr. Golf Classic for student athletes scholarship assistance is 11:30 a.m. April 8 at Boca Country Club. Visit classic or call 561.237.7918 for more information and sponsorship availabilities.
      Jan McArt presents Finding Mona Lisa, Six Short Plays about the World's Most Famous Painting by and directed by Michael McKeever, in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 7:30 p.m. April 22. Visit or call 561.237.9000 for more information and tickets.
       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.
       Character Man is at the Stage Door Theatre July 12-August 11. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
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       If you have computer issues, or need a website, contact Rich Loeb, or call 561.809.4550.
        Birch Communications is a multi-million dollar company with an exclusive wholesale agreement with AT and 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 outgrown its previous meeting location and now meets at the West Boca Library on 441, just north of Yamato Road on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. featuring a newly redesigned website and openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
        If you would like to promote your business or profession on Barry Epstein Live internet television show, on,, and on the (click on columnists) websites, call 561.852.0000. 
                  Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the,  the networking group and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on (click on columnists) and His motto is Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email:,
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