Exciting News! Jorgen Moller's Out of Denmark is relocating to 2275 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach and will be re-opening on Wednesday Sept. 18 for dinner. Call 561-276-2242 and call me if you have a charitable organization that would like to do a fundraiser there. The place is beautiful and a lot of history on the walls for you to enjoy. Besides, the food and service are fantastic!!
More exciting News! Marilyn Wick has transformed the old Caldwell Theatre into the beautiful Wick Theatre & Museum at 7901 N. Federal Highway, spending almost $1 million. The inaugural Gala is Sept. 20 with the Sound of Music. See. www.thewick.org or call 561.241.7432 for more information.
The Butcher Block Grill, an all-natural style steak and seafood restaurant opened in the Fountains Center at 7600 W. Comino Real, Boca Raton.
Lynn University is one of the first in the country to buy all its 700 freshmen students $329 iPads, loaded with all the apps and educational materials they need for their first-year classes, saving them more than $1,100 a year on books, and is expected to become a huge trend in the future at more schools.
Modernizing Medicine CEO Daniel Cane and former Vero Beach Mayor Mary Beth McDonald are joining the board of trustees at FAU, replacing former Congressman Alan West’s wife Angela Graham-West and Sherry Plymale, past chairwoman of the state board of community colleges.
Former Buckingham Doolittle & Burroghs attorneys Rick Murdoch, Scott Weires & Eric Neuman have formed a new law firm at 14 S.E. 4th St. in Boca Raton.
Palm Beach County taxpayers have until Sept. 16 to challenge their property assessments. Visit www.my-palmbeachclerk.com or call 561.355.6289.
South Florida’s Obamacare enrollment campaign is headed for a disastrous launch on Oct. 1, as almost nothing has been done for enrollment. Already taxpaid navigators remain untrained, unorganized and unclear about signing up uninsured South Florida residents, according to insiders.
Palm Beach County existing family home sales remain strong with 1486 closings in July, up 21% over July 2012 and a Median price of $249,000, up 15%.
The highly controversial fast track foreclosure law to speed up home possessions is having the exact opposite effect. Lenders are required to have detailed paper work on hand when they file, including proof they own the loan, which has stalled filings as lenders scramble to fine tune the paper work. Palm Beach County foreclosures are off 68%. Palm Beach County posted 1486 home closings in July.
Palm Beach County saw 5.47 million visitors in 2012, spending $5 billion, 38% from the state, 19% from NY, 400,000 international, at an average age of 53 with $93,000 in annual income and county tourism is expected to meet or beat its all-time peak of about 6 million visitors reached in 2005, a prediction buoyed by growth in hotel occupancy and upswings in room rates.
Critics are blasting FPL for high powered executive salaries after announcing a thousand layoffs over the next two years. Top Gun Jim Robo pockets $14 million, CEO makes $8 million and CFO takes home $13 million. FPL operates as a monopoly and will make over a billion in profit this year, with the giant utility receiving a $350 million rate increase in January.
Some banks in South Florida have entered into what others say are a sleazy payday loan business. Regions and 5th Third Bank have begun offering short term very high cost loans normally associated with storefront payday lending, drawing scrutiny from consumer groups who fear customers will be sucked into the banks debt trap of 120% annual interest rate.
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 award-winning Women’s Theatre Project and the Boca Raton Theatre Guild have joined forces and are offering patrons the opportunity to purchase subscriptions to their productions next season. For a total of $99, patrons will be able to attend four plays – two musicals produced by the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, and two plays presented by the Women’s Theatre Project. For more information call 561-347-3948 or visit www.carolkassie.com.
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 www.yourlinktolocalbusiness.com.
The Ultimate Life, Instructions Not Included and Riddick opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere and Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Austenland opens at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood Theatre. Adore opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. The Artist and the Model opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.
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.
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 www.bocalibrary.org 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 www.palmbeachdramaworks.org. 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.
Alan B. Rosenthal will be the new president of the Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council, and a kickoff cocktail reception for new and sustaining members, sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank, will be held on September 17, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Addison, 2 East Camino Real, Boca Raton.
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 www.stagedoorfl.org or www.stagedoorthetre.com or call 954.344.7765 for tickets and more information.
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.
Slow Burn Theatre Company opens Next to Normal October 18 at the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre, 12811 West Glades Road. See , http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=eb51b5a231232e0dfcf05e24c&id=645c610da5 or www.slowburntheatre.org for tickets and more information.
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: email@example.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.multi-epo.com is the website. 24 hour hotline: 1.888.899.4074.
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.
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 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.
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 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.wrpbitv.com 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.