Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz July 26, 2013

   Palm Beach County is setting up another Traffic Light camera to catch you in Boca at Glades and Lyon Roads, in addition to Palmetto and Powerline.  
     Restaurants and fast food outlets are converting employees to part time and looking at an employment maneuver called workaround to share employees who work less than 30 hours a week, to provide health coverage and avoid being hit with penalties due to the high cost of Obama care.
     The Law office of Ruben E. Socarras merged with Marshall Grant P.I. to form Marshall Socarras Grant in Boca Raton.
     The SEC is looking into bribery allegations of the Miami Marlins stadium deal and misleading investors in a major bond issue used to build the stadium.
Palm Beach single family home median price was $263,000 up 29% from the same period of May last year and investors buying bank owned properties.    
    Palm Beach County's median price of existing homes rose to $259,990 in June, 16 percent higher than a year ago. It was the first time since November that the median failed to increase by at least 20 percent. Sales were strong last month, with 1,494 homes changing hands, up 11 percent from June 2012.
    The Palm Beach Post reported home buyers may be overpaying for title insurance. The state last set rates 21 years ago and the tab on a $200,000 home is $2100, compared to $1400 in Georgia. Realtors call it a rip off and state regulators plan to investigate the situation in four years. Why wait that long?
     Flood insurance premiums are certain to rise with new flood maps due to Congressional mandates to stem massive losses in the program.
     Port of Palm Beach handled 341,004 cruise passengers, Port Everglades handled 3.6 million and Port of Miami handled 3.7 million in 2012.
     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.
   The Wolverine and The To Do list opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres with Fruitvale Station.  Still Mine and the Hunt opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth. Don’t miss Love is All you Need with Pierce Brosnan still at the Movies of Delray.    
     Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on, with Downtown Delray Beach Keyes Luxury Realtor Joanne Epstein, WRPBITV Sales and Marketing Director Mark Anoff, Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson and Sun-Sentinel Editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on,, and Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
    Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson lectures at the South County Civic Center, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 31. Go to to register or call 1.877.354.1077.
       If you like the music of Paul Simon, you will enjoy The Sounds of Simon, extended through Aug. 4 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real. Call 561.600.0495 or visit  for 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.
    The Monkees will be at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre July 27. Go to or call 800.745.3000.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Man of La Mancha through July 28 and Company at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm Beach Aug. 7-Aug. 18. Go to or call 561.514.4042 for further information and tickets.    
   South P.B. Jewish Federation Business & Professional Division presents a networking happy hour 6 p.m. July 30 at Euro Fusion, 6877 SW 18 st. Boca Raton. Cost is $18, including two complimentary cocktails and hor d’oeveres. Dietary Laws observed. Reserve at 561.852.6088 or email
   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.
    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.
     The Junior League of Boca Raton presents the 26th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, Nov. 8 at Boca West Country Club. Contact 561.620.2553 or visit for further information.
     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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