A South Florida jury has found a tobacco company partly responsible for a smoker's death and awarded $37.5 million to the woman's surviving family. It was a case that revealed the heartbreaking loss of a young mother in such detail that at times jurors and courtroom observers were moved to tears. The jury awarded plaintiffs $15 million in compensatory damages for Laura Grossman's husband, Jan, and two children, and $22.5 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Company. The Schlesinger law firm was plaintiff's attorney. For more information, go to www.schlesingerlawoffices.com.
The Unicorn Children's Foundation raised $500,000 to open the new Unicorn Village Academy Charter High School on the second floor of the former sports and wellness center in the Levis Jewish Community Center, serving students with autism and learning differences, including attention deficit.
The New York Times has agreed to sell The Boston Globe to former Boca resident John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, for $70 million in cash.
Joan Pierre-Jerome, an assistant principal at Boca Raton High School, will be the new principal at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School, replacing Ira Margulies who retired, Seth Moldovan is the new principal at Verde Elementary School, and Laurie Riopelle is the new principal at Don Estridge High Tech Middle.
Boca Raton Assistant Fire Chief Al Travieso has retired after 39 years of service.
The Federal Housing Administration is set to tighten reverse mortgage requirements for seniors applying for loans. South Florida is the hotbed for reverse mortgage marketing and it is also become the leading market for loan default. The Feds, which insure the loans, are stepping up requirements so senior borrowers have enough cash flow after insurance and taxes to avoid foreclosure, which has become a big problem in South Florida.
Giant hedge fund SAC Capital has been indicted by the Feds on numerous criminal charges of insider trading. Boca Raton former SAC portfolio manager Matt Martoma was already busted by the FBI last December and charged with insider trading. Boca Raton winter resident and SAC Capital founder Steve Cohen was not charged in the indictment.
Jewish young adults ages 22-26 from South Palm County joined with peers from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County's Sister City, Kiryat Bialik, and from elsewhere in Palm Beach County for a life-changing ten days in Israel on the area's first Birthright Israel's "community bus."
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 palmbeachpops.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.artsgarage.org for tickets.
Blue Jasmine (four stars), Elysium (three stars), We�re the Millers (two stars), Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (two stars) opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Fruitvale Station (four stars) opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Don't miss Love is All you Need (Four stars) with Pierce Brosnan still at the Movies of Delray.
Barry Epstein Live airs Thursday 10 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. on www.wrpbitv.com, with Roof-A-Cide director John Browne, www.yeticket.com reviewer Al Mcghee and movie maven Morrie Zryl on www.wrpbitv.com, www.publicrelations.nu, www. vimeo.com and www.bocatribune.com. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.
Character Man is at the Stage Door Theatre through August 11. Go to www.stagedoorfl.org or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Company at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St. West Palm now to Aug. 18. Go to www.palmbeachdramaworks.org 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 www.ballroombattle.com 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 www.ticketmaster.com 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.http://natkingcolegenhope.org/gospel-brunch/index.php.
Moon Over Buffalo will run from August 30th to October 6th at The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Go to www.stagedoorfl.org 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 www.bocalibrary.org 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 www.jlbr.org/wvoy 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 www.yourretirementmiracle.com 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 www.joanneepstein.com 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.
www.WestBocaLeaders.com 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 www.luxurychamber.com, the www.westbocaleaders.com networking group and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on www.bocaratontribune.com (click on columnists) and www.publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: email@example.com, or fax column items to 561.451.0000. His blog is in the Boca Raton Tribune and on the www.bocaratontribune.com (and click on columnists) website, on www.facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com - http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com as well as on his website: www.publicrelations.nu.