Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Page Two; Barrys Buzz Oct. 23, 2013

       The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club, a  non-partisan political club, will have monthly luncheons. If interested, call 561.852.0000.
     Sun, surf and skate through the holidays at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Not only can guests surf the waves at Boca Beach Club’s new Surf School, but this winter guests can put on a pair of skates and glide into a distinctly South Florida winter wonderland on a new pink ice skating rink. Open from November 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014, the introduction of the Pink Rink will kick off the resort’s holiday season, from family events and entertainment to ice skating and fireworks.  For more information and reservations, visit or call 1-888-495-BOCA.
    Madisons New York Grill and Bar will open in the former Stephane’s location 2006 NW Executive Center Circle, facing Glades Road, just west of I-95 in December. For more information, call 561.391-5930 x 304 or email
  Trader Joe’s may open at 855 S. Federal Highway in Boca Raton by May 2014.
   Former Boca Raton hedge fund guru and high profile party animal Marc Leder is having trouble rounding up investors for his $3 billion hedge fund. Bloomberg News reported that investors are shying away from Leder because of his well-publicized party hi-jinks in the Hamptons on Long Island and his love child with a Long Island socialite. Leder has since bailed out of Boca and bought a $15 million party pad down the road in South Beach.
    There is no job security for geezers at the Palm Beach Post. The paper revealed that required buy-out packages to about 20 newsroom employees over the age of 55, which is legal according to employment lawyers. The cutbacks marks another round of lay-offs at the paper which has lost two-thirds of  its employees in the last five years. At one time, the post employed nearly 1300 people in production, news gathering, sales and support staff.
    The long awaited ground breaking for the $105 million 400 room Hilton Palm Beach Convention Center Hotel is finally set for Dec. 6, with county taxpayers kicking in $27 million, and builder/operator City Place developer Related Companies expecting to complete it by fall of 2015.
    Due to a 20% increase bed tax windfall this year, Palm Beach County tourism officials plan to sink $1 million into media buys in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles (starting next month) in a campaign to lure visitors from traditional markets to fill up planes on non-stops into PBIA. In a related matter, PBIA served 5.1 million passengers in 2012, and 55 million since 2005, but traffic is down 9% over the past nine years, with a loss of a million travelers due to lower fares, more non-stops and convenient connections at FLL. Tourism officials hope to reverse the trend with mega-bucks media buys.
  Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) launched a new customer rewards program based on purchases that travelers make at the airport.  
  Two weeks after the launch of Obamacare, most experts agree that the rollout was an incredible computer programming disaster. Sun-Sentinel reporter Mike Mayo reported that the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County which received a $480,000 taxpayer grant to enroll residents hasn’t been able to enroll anyone since it began because of the government website meltdown and consumers are angry because there is no relief in sight.  
  Florida Blue is cutting 300,000 individual insurance policies which is 80% of their business, because they don’t measure up to Obamacare guidelines.
  State owned Citizens Property Insurance shelled out a hefty $100 million in legal fees over the past two years due to aggressive law firms filing suits fighting denying claims. Attorneys say Citizens failed to pay many legitimate claims, resulting in the filings. 23,510 suits have been filed in the past 4 years.    
   Seth Marmor has been reelected president of the Boca Ballet Theatre.
   Dr. Michelle Eberle has joined Kawa Orthodontics in the Mission Bay Shopping Center at Glades Road and 441.
   Bob Baez was named director of sales and marketing for the Waterstone Resort & Marina, formerly the Bridge Hotel, in Boca Raton.
   Swatch, a Swiss watch maker, opened at the Town Center Mall in Boca.
   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 Who’s Tommy will run from October 17th to October 27th only, at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444.  Tickets are available by calling 561-243-7922 x 1 or on line at: www.  
   The Counselor and Jackass Presents; Bad Grandpa opens Friday at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere theatres, and at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. All Boys Love Mandy Lane and Good Ol’Freda opens Friday at the FAU Living Room Theatres.  
    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
 Barry Epstein live features Notice on Demand LLC CEO Roger Campbell, Sr., Palm Beach Yacht Club manager Michael Nadeu, Run Stinky Run movie producer Neil Golin, Foreign Film Festival fundraiser Barbara Wolk and Massage Therapist Fabien Deguffroy, on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.    
  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.
 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.
   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.
   Shriek Week, Share the Scare Halloween activities are Oct. 18, 19, 26 and 26 at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Costs vary. Call 561.347.3948 or visit for further information.
   The Boca Raton GreenMarket is back 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. featuring live music by the Sheffield Brothers who have been performing their special diversified musical repertoire, something for everyone, for over 20 years. Call 561.299.8684 or email for further information or if interested in participating.
    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 opens Next to Normal October 18 at the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre, 12811 West Glades Road. See for tickets and more information.
    Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is 1 pm, Oct. 24 at Parkland Gof & Country Club. Call 954.905.2106 or register on line at
     Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes is 7-10 pm Oct. 24 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Cost is $150 or Tables of 8, $1250.  Call 561.290.0905 or email for tickets and 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 3rd Annual Meet Me On the Promenade in Downtown Boca is 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway. See for further 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 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 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 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 Gegen, 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 37th annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway is set for Dec. 7.
   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: 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 deductable 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 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 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., starting Oct. 9. 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: Hang on to your Nuggets, 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.

    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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