Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz July 19, 2013

      Former West Boca Chamber chairman Jeff Karsin has accepted the position again through the end of 2013 after Madeline Evans-Ervin stepped aside as chairwoman and Larry Strum along with Allen Bornstein were appointed to the board, while Randy Risoto will Chair the Oct. 18 golf tournament.
     Boca based private prison operator GEO Group pocketed $600 million in federal contracts and shelled out over $400,000 in political contributions in 2012 in addition to millions of dollars in lobbying fees and campaign coffers.
      Boca Raton private equity kingpin Marc Leder paid $50,000 in city code violations for rowdy parties at his posh summer rental in the Hamptons.
      Tyco Integrated Securities division is moving to 72,000 sq. ft. in the Boca Corporate Center, 500 T-Rex drive with 280 employees early next year.
      Artis Senior Living 64 bed memory care assisted living center will be built in the 5900 block of North Federal Highway.
      The Boca Raton Children’s Museum was given a grant of $126,000 to make up for a budget shortfall. The museum is looking for a $200,000 donor to name the 1935 former Arvida sales office cottage moved to the campus, to make it handicapped accessible and upgrade electrical and plumbing.
      A new guardhouse and gates for the main driveway at Saint Andrews School on Jog Road were approved by the Boca Raton City Council.
      Sealed bids for another auction are due for a Delray Beach 4,900 sq. ft. home at 1002 Del Harbour Drive by 5 p.m. Aug. 8. Call 561.945.0000 for details.
      Autonation sold 25,363 new cars and trucks and 4, 572 luxury cars with 256 dealerships nationwide and 32 Florida store sales up 8-10% in June.
      You can explore the Intracoastal Waterway on the Water Taxi in Ft. Lauderdale. Hop off and on all day. Visit or call 954.467.6677.
       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
      The Boca Palm Beach Business Connection meets every Wednesday 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Butts Road TooJays, south of Glades Rd and west of I-95 in the Boca Glades Shopping Center. No dues, no fees, no mandatory meetings. Bring business cards.
   Red 2, 3D, Girl Most Likely, The Conjuring and Turbo in 3D opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Red 2 opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth and Augustine also opens at the Movies of Delray. Much Ado About Nothing and Monsters University opens at Movies of Lake Worth.   All You Need Is Love still playing at the Movies of Delray with Pierce Brosnan. Don’t miss it.      
   Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on, with Biscayne Marketing president Rick Alovis, Sound Money Financial Solutions president George Herrera, Egyptian Lynn University student Walid Abo Shanab, Team Tennis Coach Ken Tolber and Sun-Sentinel Editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on,, and Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
    Temple Beth Shira presents free Adult Education classes- Journey From Torah To Talmud - 10:00 am July 24 at the South County Library on 441, just north of Yamato Road. RSVP to Rick Alovis 561.414.4423 or email
     Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson lectures at the South County Civic Center, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 24 and 31. Go to to register or call 1.877.354.1077.
    Shira Jewish Professionals Group Hosts for its first event 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m July 24 at Ben’s NY Kosher Deli, 9942 Clint Moore Road (sw corner of 441) with Dr. Robert Watson discussing (and signing copies of) his newest book " Affairs of State" and other topics. Dr. Watson, is a frequent guest on Barry Epstein Live and is an amazing historian, speaker, and author, serving as the Director of American Studies at Lynn University. The Shira Jewish Professionals Group is a new initiative by Temple Beth Shira to engage the community. It will serve as a professional networking and community centric group. Meetings will be held once a month, and have a topic as well as a networking opportunity. For more information call Rick Alovis at 561-414-4423 or Donation of $10 In Advance ($12 Day of Event) which includes appetizers and refreshments.
   The Sounds of Simon, has been extended through Aug. 3 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real. Call. 561.600.0495 or visit  or showtimes and ticket information.
    Character Man is at the Stage Door Theatre through August 11. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
      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.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Man of La Mancha at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm Beach to July 21 and Company Aug. 7-Aug. 18. Go to or call 561.514.4042. for further information and tickets.
    The Monkees will be at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre July 27. Go to or call 800.745.3000.
      Boca’s Free Summer Sunset Music Series featuring Carlos Oliva will be held about 8:16 p.m. Aug. 2 at the amphitheater on the north end of Mizner Park, 590 Plaza Real, in downtown Boca Raton. Oliva and his band are known for Cuban music, salsa, Afro beats, samba, jazz and rock. The melting pot became known as “The Miami Sound”.
     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 call 561.852.0000 for further information. Everyone should see it.
     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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