Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Barry's Buzz - Nov. 13, 2014

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. 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. See or call 561.852.000.
    A few residents of Woodfield Hunt Club and some Regency Court shops are objecting to a proposed Bank of America location next to the fire station on Yamato Road, just west of Powerline Road, although residents of Woodfield Country Club are in favor and it passed the Planning & Zoning board.
    Office Depot Inc. has named Roland Smith, a former supermarket executive, as the chairman and CEO of its newly merged company, effective immediately and both former CEO’s Neil Austrian from Office Depot and Ravi Saligram from Office Max, have resigned as CEO’s and from the board.
    Boca resident David Silvers will run against State Rep. Bill Hager for a Florida House seat.
    The race for Boca City Council is getting crowded with Eric Gooden and Mohamed Abdalla both filing for Seat B, against incumbent Mike Mullaugh.
   The Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s 2014 OPAL Awards honorees are Gary Peters, Irving Gutin, Karen and Howard Weiss, Anthony Comparato and Cecil Roseke. They will be honored Jan. 18 at the Club at Boca Pointe, chaired by Doug Mummaw, Neil Saffer and Peter Baronoff. Call 561.477.7180 or email for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
     The new 55,000 sq. ft. Wick Costume Museum, attached to the Wick Theatre is now open for tours of the $21 million Broadway show collection.
    The Meatball Room has opened in the Regency Shops on Yamato Road, just west of Powerline, with awesome desserts for late nite snack.
    SBA Communications purchased new Beacon Square office space in Boca for $22.65 million and expects to create 85 new jobs.
    Fiduciary Trust Company International has opened a Boca office at 2255 Glades Road, and plans to hire more people.
    Florida Atlantic University has been named to Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings for the third year in a row.   
    Dish Network, new owner of Blockbuster is closing all the remaining 300 stores, including 7 in South Florida. About 2,500 will lose jobs nationwide.
  In the aftermath of a devastating 400,000 cancelations of Florida residents’ individual health care policies, President Obama is being blasted for his numerous promises that people could keep their health care plan and doctors under the Affordable Health Care Act, which critics are finally calling blatant lies. The President is also being taken to task for promising families could save $2500 a year under the new law, which is also not true.
    Come Jan. 1, South Florida homeowners will get shafted once again by state-owned Citizens Property Insurance in an effort to slash its numbers of customers, giving many policy holders no choice, forcing them into private insurers that are new, untried and untested. Consumers are screaming foul as they would rather do business with the devil they know than with the devil they don’t know.
     In a related matter, South Florida homeowners forced to buy coverage from private insurance could be facing a hike in premiums, reduced coverage and high deductibles. Most of the companies taking over Citizens’ policies have never weathered a hurricane and 6 of the 29 private companies at one time endorsed by the state have gone belly up. Citizens currently serves 133,000 policy holders in Palm Beach County.
    While the Palm Beach Post was shedding its newsroom, it was also shedding circulation. In the 6 months ending Sept. 30, the Post has printed just over 110,000 Sunday copies, off a withering 23% and weekday circulation was off slightly to a little over 87,000. By comparison the Sun-Sentinel Sunday circulation was over 228,000, while the Miami Herald racked up 191,000 Sunday readers. All 3 papers have suffered a major drop-off in circulation over the past 3 years.
        ICE Jewelry opens Friday at the Town Center in Boca and Fly Dry Blowdry Bar opened in the Mission Bay Plaza in west Boca.
     Dallas Buyers Club, The Best Man Holiday and Kill Your Darlings opens Friday at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere theatres and the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Let the Fire Burn, Sunlight Jr. and Pulp Fiction opens Friday at the FAU Living Room Theatres. All is Lost opens at 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 Tech Academy Fall Fling chair Linda Berkheimer, Author Marylou P. Kay, National Payment Solutions President Stephen R. Goodman, Tattooist Isaac Davis, Movie Maven Morrie Zryl 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.  
          South Tech Academy has its 2cnd annual Fall Fling, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 1300 SW 30th Ave. Boynton Beach, featuring car, boat, motorcycle show and garage sale/swap shop with fun for the kids and entire family. Admission only $2 for adults/$1 for children and two for one with a non-perishable food item. Go to or call 561.369.7004.
   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, keyboard player DyMIN,  playing music of the islands with a little bit of country, too! Call 561.299.8684 or email for further information or if interested in participating.
    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!
       The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Fingers & Toes, to Nov. 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’ and has been extended through Nov. 17 (8pm) at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Call 561.504.4142 or visit for tickets.
    The D Word A Musical is at the Kravis Center Rinker Playhouse to Nov. 24. Call 561.832.7469 or visit for tickets or info.
   The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs, presents Sophisticated Ladies, to Nov. 24. Call 954-344-7765 or visit for tickets and more information.
    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, to Nov. 24. Tickets are $30-$45, and can be purchased at  or by calling 561-450-6357.
    Caroline Breder-Watts will host a film series starting Nov. 13 at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach. Call 561.243.7922 for more information or visit
    As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society is looking to local residents to help finish the fight against cancer by reaching full enrollment in a historic research study. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people. November 15, and November 16, 8 am- 12 noon at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Lynn Cancer Institute, 701 NW 13th St. Boca Raton, FL. Participants should schedule an appointment prior to actual enrollment in the study. This can be done online at or by calling 1-888-604-5888.
     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 be 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.
     Reserve for the free and open to the public Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library is Nov. 17, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton) featuring “It Takes Two,” an awesome duo----the talents of Zella Lehr and Phil Christian. 
     The Boca Raton Theatre Guild presents They’re Playing Our Song, to 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 Friends of the Boca Raton Library presents a free evening with President Thomas Jefferson (as interpreted by Steven Edenbo), preceded by a members reception, at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Library meeting room. Please RSVP using the Library's event calendar at
     Former CEO of Harley Davidson 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.
    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.
  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 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.
 RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women is Dec. 5 – Jan. 5 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, with two special New Year’s Eve champagne performances at 4 and 9 p.m. Tickets at or call 866.811.411. For more information, call 561.445.9244, email
   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.
   Palm Beach Dramaworks presents The Lion in Winter, Dec. 6-Jan. 5, at the Don 7 Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561.514.4042 or visit for ticket information and reservations.
   The Shoppes at Loggers Run, 11379 West Palmetto Park Road, will host the free 3rd annual holiday adventure 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, with tenants showcasing great offerings and featuring holiday train rides for children, Santa Claus, treasure hunt, magic show, face painting, live demonstrations, games and prizes.
   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:
   Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak at FAU 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Go to to purchase tickets.
   Save the Date: The Caribbean Cowboy Ball is 6 pm. Feb. 22, 2014 at Red Reef Park. Tickets are $175. Call 561.347.6799 or for info.
   055642 St. is at Boca Raton High School, Feb. 27- March 2. Visit or call 561.338.15333 for more information and reservations.
   The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the FAU arena on March 3 and 8. Go to or call 1.800.745.3000 for ticket information.
   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 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., 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.

    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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