Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Page Two; Barrys Buzz Sept. 18, 2013

   A memorial service for former Congressman E. Clay Shaw will be 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 901 NE 2 Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, Ma 02241-8372 or online at He was a Statesman and a Mensch and will be sorely missed by his wife Emily, family and myriad of friends. R.I.P.
     Boca City Council will pay University of Florida researchers up to $100,000 to study if downtown business property owners would be willing to pay a third tax to improve parking and transportation around town for their customers.
     Newsmax Media will expand into Boca, taking 50,105 sq. ft. in the 137,000 sq. ft. 750 Park of Commerce Dr., for its online television channel and more.
     The Brazil USA Trade Show is Sept. 20 on the campus of Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, co-sponsored by the Boca Raton Tribune.
     Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Palm Beach County have agreed to combine and form a parent company that will offer coordinated care.
   U.S. Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the 156,898 sq. ft. 791 Park of Commerce Blvd. building on 10 acres, with GE/Interlogix, Champion Solutions and Global Network among the tenants, which is 93 percent leased.
   The Raw Garden, a vegan caf� opened at 179 SE Mizner Blvd. next to the juice bar Juiceateria. Both restaurants are connected.
  The Sonoma House, a private events and catering venue for up to 350 guests, opened at 2220 NE 11 St. with Wes Spicer and Denis Max as principals.
   The Palm Beach Post's Alexandra Clough reports that Burt Rapoport will open Apeiro, (Italian for infinity) next to Burt & Max's in the Delray Marketplace.
    Lord and Taylor will open Oct. 10 at Mizner Park. For updates, text BOCA to 95555, or sign up for emails at
   The Levis JCC is recruiting athletes, volunteers, host families and sponsors for the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games in Boca Raton. Call 561.852.3206 for info.
  The 1.5 acre Drop in Action Sport Complex has opened in Loggers' Run Park, 11185 Palmetto Park Road, West Boca, for skateboard, bike or inline skate enthusiasts, from 2 to 8:45 p.m. daily. Fee is $10. See for more information and forms for minors to participate.
   The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded the coveted Henry Award at the Flagler Awards presentation held during the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism yesterday at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando. With a record-breaking 203 entries for this year's awards, the CVB earned the highest honor in the Special Events category for its Rock the Vote in The Palm Beaches and Boca Raton Live Concert and Screening of the 2012 President Debate, which took place in October 2012 during the final debate at Lynn University.
   80,000 of the 249,000 mortgages in Palm Beach County are underwater with a median home price of $249,000, a decline of 40% from the median price just six years ago. Factoring in the lack of 20% equity in ownership, underwater mortgages reach a hefty 120,000 total.
   The Feds have revised the requirements for reverse mortgages, a big seller among South Florida senior citizens, over age 62, including new restrictions on the amount of loan proceeds issued on the mortgage plus lenders may require escrow accounts for taxes and insurance. The revisions are in response to increased loan defaults by south Florida seniors who lead the nation in reverse mortgage failures.
   Another bill has been filed to ban red light cameras from public streets, but the vendor has hired 24 lobbyists to block any move to eliminate them.
   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
   The Prisoner, Thanks for Sharing and Battle of the Year 3D opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Hitlers Children opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. The Prisoner opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.   
  Barry Epstein live features Slow Burn Theatre Company co-founders and co-artistic directors Matthew Korinko and Patrick Fitzwater, Business Connection organizer Jeff Manz, Organic Cellar Plus Florida distributor Linda Scheele, Florida Marketing Center Manager Al Jabaly  and Movie Maven Morrie Zryl 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 will be the first production at the new Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell on Sept. 20. Call 561.995.2333 or 561241.7432 for tickets.
 The Boca Raton Children's Museum, has a family fun day 11 am. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, at 498 Crawford Blvd. Call 561.368.6875 or visit
 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.
    Countess Henrietta de Hoernle will be honored at a 101st birthday celebration 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24, at St. Jude Church, 21689 Toledo Road, Boca Raton. Tickets are $50. For information and reservations, call 561.314.1250 or email: or
    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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
   The Boca Raton Tree Lighting ceremony has been moved up two days to Nov. 27, before Thanksgiving, instead of Nov. 29 in Mizner Park.
  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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