Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz June 21, 2013

     Formerly of FAU, Jennifer O'Flannery was named vice president for advancement and community relations at Nova Southeastern University.
    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of 13 year Boca Raton Airport Manager Ken Day, who died Sunday.
    Giovanna Cimino, owner of Italian bakery Cosa Duci in Boca received a $75,000 loan from Whole Foods Market to expand her business.
    Garda Security Services in Boca was honored by a visit from Governor Rick Scott for adding 200 jobs after a $2 million incentive grant was issued, $500,000 each from the County and the City with the state picking up the rest. The company is expected to expand in Boca later this year.
   TD Bank paid $300 million in lawsuit settlements in the wake of the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme, with the latest, $44 million to a Wall Street hedge fund. 
   For the second time in as many months, a Palm Beach County jury has found tobacco companies partly responsible for a smoker's death - and the surviving spouse's loss. A jury awarded plaintiffs more than $2.55 million in actual damages and for pain and suffering, represented by the Schlesinger Law Firm. The verdict was similar in another case also represented by Schlesinger, awarding more than $2 million in actual damages and for pain and suffering.
   Federal Bank regulators sued 7 former directors of the now defunct Sun America Bank in Boca, accusing them of gross negligence and reckless lending of bad Real Estate loans that closed the bank three years ago, with the FDIC clean up tab costing over $100 million.  
  Florida Power & Light got $200 million taxpayer dollars in a governmental grant to switch to digital home meters, losing 200 meter reader jobs. Critics say they should have paid for it from a huge $ 1 BILLION profit they made last year, and the parent company NextEra Energy made $5 BILLION in profits in 2012.
   Citizens, the state owned insurer of last resort is being severely criticized about its huge $52 million giveaway to nine month old Heritage Insurance who took over 60,000 Citizen's policies, while six month old Weston Insurance was paid $62 million to take over 30,000 policies, with both companies paying over $300,00 in lobbying fees to influence the Governors and the Florida Legislature. 
    Congress will slash the food stamp program due to exploding growth in South Florida in the past 6 years. 193,000 food stamps recipients quadrupled since 2007 in Palm Beach County, 20% of South Florida, (1.2 million) on stamps, and Publix and Winn-Dixie make $30 million in food stamp redemptions.
    PBIA served 2.9 million passengers, FLL had 11.3  million passengers and MIA hosted 18.3 million passengers in 2011.
   Year after year, the Palm Beach Pops celebrates the Great American Songbook. Next season the Pops will continue the tradition featuring music from
Whitney Houston & Friends; Broadway, Marvin Hamlisch; Nat King Cole; Smoky Standards from The Mad Men Era and A major television star! Go to for ticket packages to save up to $64 now or call 561-832-7677 for Immediate Seat Selection or fax order to 561.832.9686. You can also e-mail your request to
    My Son The Waiter has been extended again to June 30 at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rod. Coral Springs. Visit or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
    Brighton Beach Memoirs plays through 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 now to July 7. Visit or 588.1820. 
    Entr'Acte Theatrix presents Monty Python's Spamalot June 20- 30 at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Center for the Arts.  51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444.  Tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling 561-243-7922. or by phone at: 561-243-7922, ext. 1.
   World War Z, Monsters University, The Kings of Summer, The East, The Bling Ring and Much Ado About Nothing opens at the Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Fill the Void also opens at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatre. Frances Ha and Love is All you Need opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth and World War Z also opens at the Movies of Lake Worth.  
    Barry Epstein Live airs Friday morning on, and Watch to win free tickets to Cinemark.
    Cinemark Theatres presents
SCHINDLER'S LIST on June 23 and 26.  Performances will be on Sundays at 2 pm, and Wednesdays at 2 pm and 7pm.
    The new downtown Boca library opens at 10 a.m. June 22.
    Motivational speaker and author Ross Mandell is the speaker at the Luxury Chamber network, 6 to 8 p.m. June 25 at the Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. catered by John G's. Register at
   Timolin and Casey Cole of Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. presents a free Summer Strings concert at 2 p.m June 28 at Lynn University�s Wold Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 561.237-9000.
    MEMORIES MILESTONES MEMOIRS AND RANTS: A Writing Workshop- instructor, Emily Rosen M.A., M.S.  will run for six successive Fridays --- 4 Fridays from 10 am to 12:30 PM and 2 Fridays - June 28 and July 26 from 12:30 to 3 PM beginning June 21st. at the FAULK CENTER FOR COUNSELING  22455 Boca Rio Road Boca Raton, $120. for 6 sessions -- $25. for individual sessions. To register- call 561 483 5300.
    Parade Productions presents a premiere reading of award-winning South Florida playwright/director Michael Leeds' new work, The Gift July 1st at 7:30 p.m., at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center's Studio Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are FREE at or call 866-811-4111.     
    Jay and the Americans highlight the 6 p.m. 4th of July show at FAU's Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Road. Call 561.693.3863 and use promo code BRT to attend a private Boca Tribune customer appreciation reception at the show. See
    The Shindigs highlight the free West Boca Fourth of July celebration, 6:30 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park.
The band will perform classic hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s, with several costume changes. A musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks will follow the concert. Food trucks will be on site. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are permitted. No barbecues, pets or personal fireworks allowed.
    Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson lectures at the South County Civic Center, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Go to to register or call 1.877.354.1077.
      Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Man of La Mancha at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm Beach July 10 -July 21 and Company Aug. 7-Aug. 18. Go to or call 561.514.4042. for further information and tickets.
     The Sounds of Simon, The music of Paul Simon in Vision & Light is 8 pm, July 12-28 at the Mizner Park Cultural Center Studio Theatre. Call 561.600.0495 or visit for tickets and further informations.
     The Jackson Laskowski 3rd annual Keep Hope Alive Fund Golf Fundraiser; shotgun, silent auction and awards dinner is 11:30 a.m. July 13 at Westchester Country Club, 12250 Westchester Club Drive, Boynton Beach. Contact, or call 561.252.2933 or 561.578.1948 for more details. Visit
      Cabaret at the Plaza Theatre presents I've Got Rhythm, The music of George Gershwin, 7:30 July 24 at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. Visit or call 561.588.1820 for tickets or more information.
     The Monkees will be at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre July 27. Go to or call 800.745.3000.
      The Sound of Music will be the first production at the new Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell on Sept. 18. Call 561.995.2333.
      Mark your calendars: Rob Lowe, star of TV and film and a cancer awareness advocate, will be the keynote speaker at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation's 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25.
     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. Please watch this Short video for a brief overview on FEG        
     Banks are now encouraging Short Sales, rather than the lengthy and costly foreclosures. 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.
        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.
       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:

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