Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Barrys Buzz May 8, 2013

   Thanks to the Schlesinger Law firm, a Palm Beach County jury found three tobacco companies partly responsible for a grandmother's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and lung cancer death following years of suffering and awarded more than $2 million in damages.
   Mike Arts and Barbara and Irving Gutin will be added to the Walk of Recognition at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, under the Addison Mizner statue at Royal Palm Place.
      There are no I-95 express lane access planned for Boca at the Palmetto Park or Glades Road intersections, with the closest access points at Congress and southwest 10th street in Deerfield. Closest express lane exits to the airport will be at Cypress Creek Blvd.
     With thousands expected to attend, former County Commissioner Burt Aaronson has been named Honorary Chair of the Community-wide Israel Fest 65 and will be recognized at Mizner Park on May 19.
    The Luxury Chamber presents former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham 6 to 8 p.m. May 20 at Promise Health Care, 999 Yamato Road in Boca Raton. Register at
   UTC Fire & Security in Boca Park of Commerce, a division of United Technologies, will close the Boca office by Sept. 1 and lay off 75 employees.
   Billionaire Mark Cuban is among six investors who raised $1 million in seed capital for LinguaSys, which provides translation and multilingual text analytics to businesses and government started in the FAU Research Park, and has moved to 1 S. Ocean Blvd., Suite 306, in Boca Raton.
    Sears at Town Center is planning to sublet some of its space. Chicago's Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant has looked at the site, but no deal yet.
    Chabad of West Boca will build a new 12,00 sq. foot center at US. 441 and Kimberly Blvd.
   A Japanese-themed hotel could rise amid the bonsai trees, koi ponds and towering bamboo at Palm Beach County's Morikami Park off Jog Road,  after Palm Beach County approved giving developers an opportunity to present proposals.
   Each of the Seminole Indian Tribe members receives $125,000 annually from gaming revenue alone of the $2 billion gross enterprise.
   Wall Street hedge funds are continuing a sweep into the South Florida real estate market, snapping up homes at a rapid pace, with giant Blackstone group leading the parade with 844 distressed home buys in the past four months. Investors rehab the property and place them on the rental market for a return of about 10% on their money. The hectic buying maneuvers by the Wall Street crowd is driving up prices and shrinking inventory up for sale, but in a related matter a double edged sword is appearing in the housing recovery area as big money investors snap up foreclosures and short sales by turning them into rentals, so the social fabric of neighborhoods are changing because of the short-term renters.  Homeowners were 71% just 8 years ago, but now is down to 58%. Experts say rentals distract from the quality of life while home ownership adds stability and increased home value to a neighborhood.   
     The Port of Palm Beach handled 341,000 passengers in 2012.
     Palm Beach County's Art in Public Places Program invites visual artists who reside in Palm Beach County to submit artwork to be considered for inclusion in a four month exhibition at Palm Beach International Airport. Visit or call 561.233.0235.
   Beu Jest is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs to May 12. Purchase tickets at  or call 954.344.7765.
   Epstein Live internet television show Friday features South Tech Academy Vice Principal Eileen Turene, President Jim Kidd, Recording Arts Academy Instructor Ryan Dockery, SS St. Louis Legacy Project Foundation Associate Director Ruth Ann Kalish, Outre Theatre Company Artistic Director Skye Whitcomp 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. 
     Movies opening Friday at the Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres are The Great Gatsby and Tyler Perry Presents We the Peeples . The Great Gatsby and In The House opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.   
    War Horse is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to May 19. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222 or 800.311.7469.    
     Special Mom's Day gifts for purchase at the "mini" Boca Raton Green Market, southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd. in downtown Boca Raton, May 11, 8am to 1pm, including fresh flower arrangements, orchids, potted plants, locally grown produce and food items.            
    Meet Me At the Pitkin is at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, to May 12. Visit or call 561.600.0405 for tickets. 
    The 26th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament starts 11:15 May 9 at Boca Lago Country Club honoring Dr. Ira J. Gelb, visionary of the new FAU College of Medicine and FAU honoree. Cost is $250 and includes dinner, auction and awards. Call 561.302.6494 or 561.302.4655. Visit
    Temple Beth Shira sponsors a community Shabbat dinner/indoor picnic 6:00 to 8:45 pm. May 10 at Sunrise Park Elementary School, 19400 Coral Ridge Drive, Boca Raton, Fl. Further details at RSVP to 561.509.0047 or email
SoHo dogs has a networking fundraiser to offer a facility where military veterans and rescued animals can work together "hand-in-paw"toward each other's recovery 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. May 15 at Spoto's Oyster Bar, 4560 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561.776.9448.
    The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach will be hosting the YMCA of South Palm Beach County's 14th annual golf tournament May 17. The tournament will kick off with a shotgun at 1 p.m. to commence the beginning of the 18-hole course. The event will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, raffle prize drawings, a contest and an awards presentation.  All proceeds from the 14th annual golf tournament will benefit the Y's financial assistance program which allows everyone, regardless of income, the ability to participate in Y programs. For details on the sponsorship opportunities available, which will directly benefit the Y's financial assistance program, please visit
   The Beth Ami Sportsman Club breakfast, 1401 NW 4th Ave. is 9:30 a.m. May 19 with guest speaker Dr. Sam Bierstock. Call 561.362.8361 for reservations.
   IsraelFest 65 will be May 19, 2013 starting at 3 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Visit or call 561.852.3278 for more info. 
    Political activist Alan Bergstein speaks at the Boynton Beach Republican Club lunch 11 a.m. May 21, at Westchester Country Club, 12250 Westchester Club Dive, Boynton Beach. Cost is $20. RSVP to 561.752.1864 by May 17.
    A Marathon Golf fundraiser to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund is May 21. Details at:
    Red, White and Blue, Blue Martini and FSO Salute Our Troops is 7-10 pm May 24, 2013 at the Blue Martini in Town Center, 6000 Glades Road. 50/50 Raffle. Free drink with $10 donation. Call (561) 289-6031 or go to for further information.      
     The International Big Band Jazz Cafe Society features the "Great American Song Book" concert to benefit veterans and the Olympic High School band at 7:30 May 24 at Olympic High, 20101 Lyons Road featuring Dick Cully and a 15-piece big band. Visit for tickets.   
    John Scully, former leader of Apple and Pepsi, speaks 5:30 p.m. May 30 at Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth Campus May 30, with a 6:30 p.m. reception to follow. Call 561.868.3450 or visit for further information and tickets.
      Brighton Beach Memoirs May 31-June 30 and Character Man is at the Stage Door Theatre July 12-August 11. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
      8-track Groovy! The Sounds of the 70's is at the Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd Manalapan June 13-July 7. Visit or 588.1820. 
       The Monkees will be at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre July 27. Go to or call 800.745.3000.
      Got an electronic device and need to repair an IPad, Iphone, Samsung Galaxy or any other phones and/or want to unlock, sell or buyback phones, then contact Ed Kissel in Boca at MobileSource, 3500 NW 2nd Ave. #603. 561.416.7224. Mention this column for 10% off any service or used phone!
    If you would like to learn how you can make money and save money by NOT using a 401 k or IRA that will protect your money and generate tax free income, or are unhappy in your job, or want to change jobs, or need extra income, then visit and and call 561.852.0000 for further information.    
     FORECLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Contact Keyes Company/Delray office 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, 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. is the best networking group in the area and meets at the West Boca Library on 441, just north of Yamato Road on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. Check out the website for 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:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is in the Boca Raton Tribune and on the (and click on columnists) website, on as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at - as well as on his website:
                Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there and those who wish they were. 

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