Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Barrys Buzz Sept. 25, 2013

      Boca resident Aram Bloom is leaving Sachs Sax Caplan to become an equity partner in Shapiro Blaise Wasserman and Gora in Boca Raton.
   Boca resident Marc Bell has filed bankruptcy for his Penthouse Magazine network and FriendFinders website.
   The city of Boca Raton is requesting proposals to develop the former Wildflower 3.3 acre waterfront property it owns at the Intracoastal Waterway and Palmetto Park Road and the RFP is listed on the city website, with Nov. 8 the deadline for submissions which should include a multi-media presentation to be shown at a public workshop in December.
  To make it more competitive, the city also reduced its $72,000 per annum five year lobbying contract with Alcade & Fay Ltd. from five years to one.
   The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District has listed an RFP redo of the 55 acre Patch Reef park on Yamato road, just west of Military Trail for a revised master plan, report, recommendations, cost estimates and planning and design work. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 1. An RFP will also go out for a master plan for the Swim & Racquet Center on St. Andrew’s Blvd. and next for Red Reef Park on A1A.
   Fifteen Palm Beach County residents made the Forbes Magazine richest list ranging from $1.4 billion to $4.3 billion.
   Federal flood insurance rate hikes go into effect Oct. 1, hammering some South Florida homeowners, with 5,000 Palm Beach county properties slated for double or even triple current premiums due to Congress passing the hikes last year. 
  Nearly a million special interest dollars are being spent by lobbyists for the red light camera operations to defeat a proposal in the legislature to ban them. Contributions are pouring into campaign coffers of legislators and the Governors office.
   Palm Beach County bed tax collections for August was $1.8 million and 2013 collections are estimated at $30 million.
   The Boca Palm Beach Business Connection meets every Wednesday 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Boca Polo Club TooJays, 5030 Champion Blvd. on Military Trail, north of Clint Moore Road. No dues, no fees, no mandatory meetings. Bring business cards. Join free at
   Enough Said, Rush, Don Jon, Baggage Claim and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Una Noche opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. In a World opens at the Movies of Delray. Don Jon and Tango opens at the Movies of Lake Worth.   
  Barry Epstein live features PHA Solutions CEO Laurel Bennett, Envera Systems Security Consultant Mike Wichelns, South Tech Academy and Prep Marketing Director Troy Giddens and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.    
     World renowned Fine Art photographer Clyde Butcher has an exhibit through Nov. 8 at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2 Ave., Boca Raton and a Film Documentary, “Visions of Florida”, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28, presented by Jackie Butcher-Obendorf. Register free:  (561) 393-7852.
    Moon Over Buffalo will run 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.
  The Sound of Music is at the new Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell to Oct. 20. Call 561.995.2333 or 561241.7432 for tickets.
  The Annual Tastemaker progressive tasting will be at 11 Mizner Park restaurants Sept. 25.
  The Twilight of the Golds is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs to Oct. 27. Go to or or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
    A conversation with Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Carl Bernstein will be 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel. Tickets are $35 per person. Go to or call 1-877-332-8499.
    Guillermo Figueroa is bringing a concert pianist who also happens to be his sister in from San Juan to join him on stage for a violin and piano recital Sept. 26 as the new music director of the Lynn Philharmonic and violin professor.
       A fundraiser for Florida CFO Jeff Atwater will be held 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Sept. 26 at Rybovich Yacht, 4200 Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. RSVP to 407.849.1112 or
         Evening Star Productions’ I Remain...J. Austen will run from September 27th – 29th at Sol Theatre 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Boca Raton.  Tickets are $15 for adults/$10 for students and can be purchased at the Sol Theatre box office at 561-447-8829. For more information about Evening Star Productions, contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829: or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244:
  Rick Newman's sixth annual free “Make A Wish” Halloween Sound, Light & Laser Show starts on Sept. 28 and runs every night until Oct. 31 at 699 NW 9th Ave., corner of 7th St.  This year there will be new props, new high-powered LED black lights, a new tri-colored laser system and new animatronics.
   Milagro Center presents Miracles in the Mediterranean-Donor & volunteer appreciation free event, 6 to 8 p.m. at Breath Delray, 401. W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Delray. RSVP at 561.279.2970 ext. 6001 or email:
   Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options is hosting its third annual “In My Shoes Luncheon” October 4 at the Boca West Country Club. Tickets are $75. Go to
   The Boca Raton GreenMarket is back starting Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every Saturday thereafter in the Monument Piazza at Royal Palm Place, NE corner of S. Fed. Hwy. and SE Mizner Blvd. Call 561.299.8684 or email for further information or if interested in participating.
   Gilad Shalit's father will share his story on his first U.S. tour at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Tickets are $18 per person for general side seating, or $36 per person for limited preferred seating in the sanctuary on a first come, first served basis.RSVP online at or For more info: 561.852.3374,; or 561 241-8118,
   The Friends of the Boca Raton Library will kick off its new free 2013-2014 Foreign Film Series on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at 400 NW 2 Ave., with Roman Polanski’s Knife In The Water, followed by discussion. Reserve your seat at
   The Sounds of Simon returns to the Mizner Park Cultural Center Oct. 10-20. Order tickets at (561) 600-0495 or visit
  The YMCA of South Palm Beach County launches its annual campaign to raise funds for their financial assistance program Oct. 10 for a month. Visit and more information is also available about the campaign by following the Y on Twitter at @YMCAofSPBC or at Share your Y story by using hash tag #YSoMuchMore.
   Of Mice and Men, a searing work by John Steinbeck about friendship and responsibility set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, launches Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 2013-2014 season on Friday, October 11 (8pm) at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Performances continue through November 10, with specially priced previews on October 9 and 10. Call 561.504.4142  or visit for tickets.
   Hospice by The Sea celebrates 35 years of service 5:30 to 10:00 p.m Oct. 15 at the Delray Beach Club, 2001 S. Ocean Blvd. Attire is Tropical Chic. Tickets are $135 including valet parking. Call 561.416.5009 or visit For sponsorship opportunities, call 561.416.5007.
   Former owner of the NJ Nets/Devils Lewis Katz speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P), 8 to 10 am. Oct. 16 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Registration at $36 is available at or, 561.852.3128. Future guests include former Harley Davidson CEO Jeffrey Bleustein on Nov. 21, Weight Watchers Group CEO Florine Mark on Jan. 29 and Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Stephen Sadove on March 26.
   Entre’ Acte Theatrix presents Tommy Oct. 17-27 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts/Crest Theatre, Old School Square/51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach. Call 561.243.7922 or visit 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 for tickets and more information.
   Lynn University’s 15th annual Blue & White Auction is 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lynn deHoernle Sports & Cultural Center to benefit Lynn athletics programs. $40 per person includes beer and wine reception and food. Call 561.237.9000 or register online www. by Oct. 16.
  Zonta Club presents 1st annual Festi-fall, 10 am to 4 pm October 19 at 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.
   The Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) sponsors a networking cocktail reception and membership kickoff drive, 5:30 Oct. 22 at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place. Cost is $50. Register at or call 561.852.3173 or email:
     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.
   Christopher Cross will be at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park, Nov. 4 & 5. Call 561.300.0730 or visit for reservations.
   The 28th Singles Lifestyle Expo is 3 to 11 pm Oct. 27 at Pavillion Grille, 301 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Contact 305-448-7976 or email for more information. is the website. 24 hour hotline: 1.888.899.4074.
    The American Jewish Committee presents professor, author, presidential historian, political analyst, commentator and Director of the American Studies at Lynn University Dr. Robert Watson, 7 pm Oct. 30 with dessert reception and program at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton. Call 561.994.7286 to register. $18 per person, includes valet parking.
   The Junior League of Boca Raton presents the 26th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Boca West Country Club. Contact 561.620.2553 or visit or www.wvoy,org for further information.
    Place at Hope at the Haven Campus presents the 2013 Inaugural Hope Bash Boca, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real. Cost is $250. RSVP by Nov. 1 to 561.483.0962 or visit Sponsorship opportunities and program ads are available too.
   The Boca Raton Tree Lighting ceremony has been moved up two days to Nov. 27, before Thanksgiving, instead of Nov. 29 in Mizner Park.
   The 43rd annual Holiday Parade along Federal Highway downtown Boca will be Dec. 4.   
   The 37th annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway is set for Dec. 7.
   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 and His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on, as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at - as well as on his website:


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