Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Page Two: Barrys Buzz August 30, 2013

    Electric car maker Tesla plans to open a showroom inside the Town Center Mall with cars outside for shoppers to test drive by appointment only.
 Florida Atlantic University opened Parliament Hall, a new 614 bed seven story residence for freshmen students on the Boca Raton campus.
  Boca Raton and Eagles Landing middle schools are among 30 that have re-upped for the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate programs.
 Boca Raton library card holders can download three free songs per week through Freegal in MP3 form to stay permanently on your device. Download Freegal Music in the Itunes App or Google play stores or visit
   The Office Depot Foundation is starting a $1 million anti-bullying campaign throughout U.S. middle schools.
   South Florida and state lobbyists pocketed $120 million in fees so far this year to influence state lawmakers. Palm Beach County shelled out $120,000 and the Sheriff spent $220,000 in lobbying fees. Big Sugar's Florida Crystal and US Sugar layed out $875,000 to sway lawmakers on environmental issues.
  Forbes Magazine reported that the Miami Dolphins had an operating income of $24.8 million with $268 million in gross revenue last year despite lousy attendance and four straight losing seasons. The Dolphins value was again $1 billion with the Dallas Cowboys topping the list at over $2 billion value.
   A record 23.4 million tourists visited Florida, with 8 million to South Florida in the second quarter, up 3 % from last year, 3 million internationally.
   Unless Congress acts, 4,800 Palm Beach County water front and lake front property owners flood insurance rates will increase 25%.
   FAU will be offering a "Stand your ground" self-defense law course in the Fall semester of the FAU School of Public Administration in Boca Raton.
   The 145 seat, 4000 sq. ft. Butcher Block Grill opened for lunch and dinner at the Fountains Center, 7000 W. Camino Real, featuring a unique steak and seafood concept, the first steakhouse in Boca Raton to utilize local, all-natural ingredients. Visit or call 561.409.3035 for more information and reservations.
   The Library System is seeking community input on the time capsule contents. The items chosen will reflect Palm Beach County's unique community and will represent what future generations should know about present-day Palm Beach County. Fill out form on or   
  American Airlines had 14,385 passengers and US Airways had 35,379 passengers at PBIA as of May. American had 2.1 million passengers at MIA.
   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.
     Closed Circuit (opened Wednesday), Getaway, One Direction: This is Us 3D opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Ain't em Bodies Saints opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Closed Circuit opened Wednesday at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth. Savannah opens at the Movies of Delray.  Fruitvale Station opens at the Movies of Lake Worth.        
     Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on with The Positive Broadcaster Jonathan "Dogg" Lederman, New Found Live co-owner Saul Kane and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on,, and Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.       
     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.
   Come down to Sanborn Square on Saturday, September 7th to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It will be a fun filled day out in the sun with live music, exciting entertainment, food, and many activities for all to enjoy. Thousands will be present.
   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. 8, Call 561.299.8684 or visit for more info.
World-renowned Brazilian singer and songwriter, Beatriz Malnic will perform on Sept. 15.
   BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Boca Center is hosting its "Make a Difference Monday" fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 16 for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Florida Chapter, and will donate 20 percent of all food sales to the organization.
  Individual tickets for Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2013-2014 season will go on sale on September 16 both online and at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre box office (201 Clematis Street). Palm Beach Dramaworks' fourteenth season opens with John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which runs from October 11 through November 10. Tickets will be on sale for the entire season, which also includes The Lion in Winter by John Goldman (December 6, 2013-January 5, 2014), Old Times by Harold Pinter (January 31-March 2), Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote (March 28-April 27), and Tryst by Karoline Leach (May 16-June 15). Individual tickets may be ordered online 24 hours a day at Single tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling the box office  (561) 514-4042 ext. 2, or visiting the box office at 201 Clematis Street.
   The Sound of Music will be the first production at the new Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell on Sept. 18. Call 561.995.2333.
  The Annual Tastemaker progressive tasting will be at 11 Mizner Park restaurants Sept. 24 and 25.
  The Twilight of the Golds is Sept. 20- Oct. 27 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Go to or or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
    Slow Burn Theatre Company opens Next to Normal October 18 at the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre, 12811 West Glades Road. See , or for tickets and more information.
     Zonta Club presents 1st annual Festi-fall, 10 am to 4 pm October 19 a the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, Pompano Beach, featuring an Orchid and Jewelry show and a Taste of Chocolate, with proceeds to benefit Women in Distress. Call 561.299-8684 or email for more information.
   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.
       Happy New Year to all my Members of the Tribe.
       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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