Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Barrys Buzz Oct. 30, 2013

    Breaking News: FAU Head Football Coach for two years Carl Pelini has resigned, along with defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis after they admitted use of illegal drugs. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright was immediately named interim head coach by FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun.
    The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club, a new non-partisan political club, will have monthly 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. luncheon meetings at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road and the Turnpike in Boca. Nov. 12 will feature Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl G. Steckler discussing corruption and Dec. 3 will feature former Nixon political consultant Roger Stone discussing his new book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy – The Case Against LBJ. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door for members and $35 in advance, $45 at the door for members. Email for membership application or call 561.852.0000 if interested.
   The Boca Raton Resort & Club will open an 85x40 foot pink ice rink Nov. 1- Jan. 1 on the croquet lawn.
   Palm Beach County will replace the obsolete Sandalfoot Boulevard and SW 3rd St. bridges crossing a draining district canal, just east of State Road 7.
   French restaurant L’etoile, has opened at 99 SE Mizner Blvd., with black truffle soup and homemade ice sorbets on the menu.
    South Florida’s endless nightmare with the Obamacare launch is now in the fourth week with no relief in sight, and computer experts agree the backroom connection with insurers and the government is a disaster. If the flawed Obamacare website tied to insurance exchanges is not fixed or delayed, it could destroy Obamacare, according to knowledgeable sources. In a related matter, The Palm Beach Post reported the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, which snatched up a $480,000 taxpayer grant to enroll people for Obamacare, has not signed up one person since the launch four weeks ago. League navigators are frustrated over computer foul-ups and the lack of communication from Washington, blocking people from enrolling.
   The failing Obamacare website cost taxpayers $630 million and the Obamacare law is 2300 pages long.
   Illegal migrants are pulling off a new twist after being caught smuggled into South Florida, asking for asylum, and U.S. immigration officials are buying it. The Wall Street Journal reported illegals are claiming they are in danger if deported back to their native countries. Most of the South Florida asylum requests are coming from Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. It’s estimated that 350,000 illegals currently populate South Florida. 
   The Florida State University (FSU) Center for Brain Repair has established the Alexander "Sandy" Halperin, DDS Alzheimer's Research Fund. Sandy is a former City of Weston Commissioner. Click here to learn more about the FSU research fund to initiate your meaningful involvement and support:,
   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
   About Time opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace and Premier Theatres, 12 Years a Slave (destined to get the Academy Award for best picture, although very rough and brutal), Last Vegas, Enders Game and Free Birds opens Friday at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere theatres, and at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres, which also opens Capital and The Pin. Capital, Muscle Shoals and Donnie Darko opens Friday at the FAU Living Room Theatres.  Capital and Last Vegas opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth. Captain Phillips also opens in The Movies of Delray.
    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl and Barry Epstein on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
    Barry Epstein live features South Florida Business Journal Audience Development Executive Victoria Brinkley, Expert Communicator and Toastmasters District Chair Ruth Field Beck, Beau Chateau Staging and Petites Choses owner Debbie La Fond, Your IT Group Director of Sales Jim Kozubal and Movie Maven Morrie Zryl on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.    
  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office is hosting a free “National Night Out” event, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Target Plaza, 21637 SR 7 in West Boca, featuring a live DJ, bounce house, food and games for the kids. Call 561.558.2700 for more information.
   Upcoming shows at the Wick Theatre, formerly the Caldwell, include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Nov. 14-Dec. 25; 42nd St. Jan. 9-Feb. 9; The Full Monty Feb. 20-March 23; Steel Magnolias April 3-May 4 and Ain’t Misbehavin’ May 15-June 15. See for further information or call 561.995.2333 or 561241.7432 for tickets. Don’t miss it!
 World renowned Fine Art photographer Clyde Butcher has an exhibit through Nov. 8 at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2 Ave., Boca Raton.
 Rick Newman's sixth annual free “Make A Wish” Halloween Sound, Light & Laser Show 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.
   The Boca Raton Green Market, in its 17th year has farm-to-table, fresh-picked produce from local growers and lots more 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner downtown Boca Raton, featuring live music on the Piazza stage by singer, guitarist MARY EILAND, playing the variety music of rhythm & blues, pop, and a little bit of jazz,  too!. Call 561.299.8684 or email for further information or if interested in participating.
    Boca Greens Golf and Country Club, 19642 Trophy Drive, will hold a job fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Interviews on site. Call 561.852.8800 for more info.
    Upcoming shows at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach include: Driving Miss Daisy, Nov. 30-Dec. 15; You Can’t Take it with You, Feb. 1-Feb. 16; The Pajama Game, March 29-April 13; Doubt, May 24-June 8, and musical memories shows include; Come Fly With Me, Harlem On My Mind, Call Me Madam, Good News and Make Someone Happy. Visit or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations.
  The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Brighton Beach Memoirs, to Oct. 27; Fingers & Toes, Nov. 7-24; I Love you, You’re Perfect Now Change, Dec. 5-22; Renee Taylor, My Life on a Diet, Jan. 16-Feb. 9 and Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13. See or call 561.588.1820.
  Of Mice and Men, a searing work by John Steinbeck about friendship and responsibility set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, is at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ through Nov. 10 (8pm) at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Call 561.504.4142  or visit for tickets.
   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. Nov. 21 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Registration at $36 is available at or, 561.852.3128. Future guests include, Weight Watchers Group CEO Florine Mark on Jan. 29 and Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Stephen Sadove on March 26.
   Entre’ Acte Theatrix presents Tommy to Oct. 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.
   The D Word is at the Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse  to Nov. 10. Call 561.832.7469 or visit for tickets and information.
   Slow Burn Theatre Company presents Next to Normal to Nov. 2 at the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre, 12811 West Glades Road. See for tickets and more information.
    The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs, presents Sophisticated Ladies, Oct. 25-Nov. 24. Call 954-344-7765 or visit for tickets and more information.
    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 Theatre at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, Florida opens their season with The Longing and the Short of It, written and composed by acclaimed composer/lyricist Daniel Maté, who won the 2013 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist, Nov. 1-24. Tickets are $30-$45, and can be purchased at  or by calling 561-450-6357.
    Spanish River High School PTSA’s 2013 Annual Auction is Saturday, Nov. 2. The PTSA is looking for businesses to donate any items or services. Sponsorships for the event are also available. Businesses will be able to receive advertising exposure while supporting the students and school. Contact for more information. The community is also invited to bid online from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. Check out all the items at! That is a way to support the local school and pick up products from local businesses.
     A Foreign Film Festival Fundraiser for “A Walk on Water” a not for profit that provides water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children with autism, cerebral palsy & Muscle diseases ( will start Nov. 3 at the Delray Beach Firehouse, 14276 Hagen Ranch Road, and every Sunday at 2 p.m. through Dec. 8. $5 donation at the door, no reservation necessary. For more information, call 561.483.2054.
     A Kristallnacht Film Forum Donor reception honoring the Kwal Family is 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Jewish Federation Zinman Hall, preceded and followed by screenings of “No Place On Earth” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Contact, call 561.852.3126 or visit for more information.
     The World Premiere of Run Stinky Run is at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Nov. 3rd at 8:45pm at the Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, and two additional locations. Get tickets at: or at
      Christopher Cross will be at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park, Nov. 4 & 5. Call 561.300.0730 or visit for reservations.        
      Lynn University presents a free lecture by Dr. Robert Watson discussing the many faces of Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg address, 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Lynn Wold Performing Arts Center. Call 561.237.7503 or see www.    
    Josh Groban in the Round is at the BB&T Center Nov. 6. Visit for tickets.
   NASA Astronaut Joe Acaba and Dr. Edith Widder discuss how ocean and space exploration produces technology that impacts our daily lives and advances mankind, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Palm Beach State College, Public Safety Conference Center, 4200 Congress Ave. Lake Worth. Call 561.868.3450 or visit for further information. Tickets are $65 per person/ $120 for two and includes program and reception.
   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 Theatre Guild presents They’re Playing Our Song, Nov. 8- Nov. 24 at the Willow Theatre, in Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail. Tickets are $35. Call 561.347.3948 or visit,, or contact 561.445.9244 for further information.
  The Boca Ballet Theatre Guild presents the 22nd Annual “A Princely Affair” luncheon and performance, noon, Nov. 10 at the Great Hall of the Boca Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Tickets are $90 per adult and $45 for children. Call 561.995.0709 for reservations and further information.
   The Veterans Coalition of South Florida presents its annual Veterans Day program 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Veteran’s Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road between 441 and Lyons Road. For more information, call 561.963.6755.
  The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the new Downtown Library, 440 NW 2nd Avenue, screening Babette’s Feast, directed by Gabriel Axel, Academy Award winner, Best Foreign Language film. Admission is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Go to, click on the Events Calendar in the left-hand column and click on Friends Foreign Series in the November calendar to display the short reservation form to reserve seats.  
  The Chris Evert/Raymond James Tennis Tournament is Nov. 15-17 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and Boca Raton Resort & Club. Call 561.394.2400 or visit for tickets, sponsorships or group discounts.
  The Last Night of Ballyhoo is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Spring, just east of Riverside Drive, Nov. 15-Dec. 31. Call 954-344-7765 or visit for tickets and more information.
  The West Boca High School Drama Dept. presents “Is There Life After High School” Nov. 21-23. Tickets are $15. Call 561.672.2066. Upcoming shows include Young Frankenstein, Feb. 28- March 8; Death by Dessert, April 25 & 26.
   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.   
  David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN will keynote following a cocktail reception and dinner for the Jewish Federation’s Ketuba Society, 6 p.m., Dec. 5, at St. Andrews Country Club, 17557 W. Claridge Oval, Boca Raton. Call 561.852.3342 or email for further information.
  The Women’s Theatre Project presents the Southeastern premiere of “The Lyons”, Dec. 6-Dec. 22 in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $26. Call 561.347-3948 or 561.445.9244 for more information.
   The 37th annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway is set for Dec. 7.
   The Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) Annual Gala and Auction is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at St. Andrews Country Club, 17557 W. Claridge Oval, Boca Raton, honoring Michele & Larry Blair and Craid Donoff, P.A., chaired by Roxane Lipton, Wendy Legum and Jill Viner. Cost is $500. For more information, visit, call 561.852.5013 or email To learn more about JFS, visit
   The Boca Raton theatre Guild presents Marilyn: Forever Blonde, Jan. 9-11, 2013 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s Studio Theatre. Tickets can be purchased on line at or by calling 866-811-4111. Visit,  call 561.445.9244 or email
   Save the Date: United States Holcaust Memorial Museum South Florida Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, featuring International jurist and survivor of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, Judge Thomas Buergenthal. Call 561.995.6773 or visit for more information.
    Save the Date: Phyllis & Harvey Sandler, Jan Savarick, Shirley & Allan B. Solomon and Jaime & Zachary Keyes will be honored at the Levis JCC Casino Royale Feb. 8, 2014., email or call 561.852.3253 for more information. Committee in formation:
   Save the Date: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to JARC’s 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance March 9, 2014 at West Boca Country Club.
    Florida’s Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will take place on March 22, 2014, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at Spanish River Park and A1A in Boca Raton. The Bash is the nation’s largest, free, fun-day for people with special needs, their caregivers and family members.  The 6th Annual Bash is expected to draw 6,000 attendees from South Florida and beyond. Tax deductible contributions should be directed to The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, PO Box 99, Boca Raton, FL  33429.  For further information call: 561-715-2622.
  If you would like to learn how you can provide financial security for your family with a Living Benefits policy you cannot outlive, 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. 
     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 Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
       Thanks to David Weir’s South Florida Business Report for contributing to the column.
     Readers of this column can receive two free tickets to the Regal Entertainment theatres to see a choice of the following movies Monday-Thursday when they come out: Free Birds, Enders Game, Last Vegas, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Best Man Holiday, Delivery Man, The Hunger Games Catching Fire, The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen, Homefront, Out of the Furnace, A Madea Christmas, Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, The Monuments Men, Anchorman The Legend Continues, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D or the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Send an email to with your address.
     Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday. Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour. DST should be all year round.
    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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