Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz August 16, 2013

      Boca Raton penny stock trader John Rizzo faces criminal charges in a stock scam that bilked investors for $3 million, accused of running a boiler room and diverting money to off shore accounts in the British Virgin Islands and has copped a guilty plea in another stock scam in California.
  Boca Raton attorney Timothy McCabe was permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court and is in jail without bond, awaiting trial on charges he stole more than $3.6 million from clients with auditors indicating as much as $8 million of client’s money may be missing from trust accounts.
   The 99,983 sq. ft. with a 46,464 sq. ft. parking garage Compson Financial Center, built on 4.4 acres in 1986 at 980 N. Federal Highway in Boca, was sold at a 45 percent discount to its foreclosed mortgage (CMBS Trust) to a local investor, Boca East Investments LLC.
   The Office Depot/Office Max CEO search committee has narrowed the list to five with Office Max CEO Ravi Saligram said to be the front runner.
 The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District commissioners agreed to up their share of beach re-nourishment projects as needed from 33.5 percent to 50 percent in their new proposed budget, contingent on an agreement with the city to include phase II for Spanish River Sports Complex.   
   A clock tower is being built at the Intracoastal waterway Palmetto Park Road bridge, visible to east and west traffic.
   Boca City Council candidate Scott Singer expects to have Mayor Susan Welchel’s endorsement for mayoral candidate Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie’s council seat in the March 11 city election. His Aug. 1 kickoff at New York Prime drew 140 people.
   County Mayor and former Boca Mayor Steve Abrams may be under consideration to be picked by Gov. Scott to be Florida Lt. Governor.
   Starting Oct. 7, Palm Tran’s bus fares go up .50 from $1.50 to $2.00, call-head/pick-ups from $3 to $3.50 and monthly passes go up $5 from $15 to $20.
   Congress has exempted itself and staffers from Obamacare after ramming the law through that forces taxpayers to buy insurance or pay a penalty.
   As growth slowed due to the recession, Florida’s population grew 500 people a day and 180,000 last year with 1/3, 60,000 to South Florida, an increase of 3% in the 2010-2013 period, which is currently pegged at 5.2 million and 19.2 million statewide, plus over 200,000 illegals evading the count.
    Theatre at Arts Garage presents their newest initiative, a series of radio play presentations, called Arts Garage Radio Theatre. Details at or call 561.450.6357. Tickets are $14 in advance, $20 at the door.
   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.
    Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall, now through Aug. 18 at The Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St. Delray Beach. Call 561.450.6357. or visit for tickets.
    Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Jobs, Jackass 2, Paranoia opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres.  Hannah Arendt, 20 Feet from Stardom and The Time Being opens at the FAU Living Room Theater. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Paranoia, Hannah Arendt and Unfinished Song opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.    
   Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on,, and Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.       
     Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Company at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm now to Aug. 18. Go to or call 561.514.4042 for further information and tickets.   
       The fifth annual George Snow Scholarship Fund Boca’s Ballroom Battle is 6 p.m. August 16 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $150 to $225 with tables starting at $1500. Contact 561.347.6799 or visit for further information.
    Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation president Jan Savarick will be honored at the American Association Caregiving Youth (AACY) 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. breakfast Aug. 21 at Lakeside Terrace, 7880 Glades Rd. Cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Call 561.391.7401 for further information.
   Slighly Stoopid is at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre Aug. 24. Go to for information and tickets.
   Nat King Cole Generation Hope and national singing sensation Ms. Avery Sommers, along with the Cole twins, and other greats such as Tony Siders and Tony Lebron, 1 to 4 pm August 25th, at Jazziz Nightlife in Mizner Park to support Nat King Cole Generation Hope, making a difference in the lives of children. 561.213.8209 or visit www.  
   Emerge Conference Entrepreneur 2013 is Aug. 29-31 at the Renaissance Boca Raton. Call 561.632.7183 or visit for info.
   Moon Over Buffalo will run from August 30th to October 6th at The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Go to or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
   A free concert in the 2013 Sunday Matinee Music Series at the Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Boulevard will feature a one hour concert by world-renowned guitarist, singer, songwriter Cezar Santana at 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, Call 561.299.8684 or visit for more info.
    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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