Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Barrys Buzz Nov. 27, 2013

     Yay! Boca getting a dog beach, starting Dec. 13, 300 yards south of Spanish River Blvd. Friday Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 to 9 a.m. and afternoons 3 p.m. to dusk. $30 permit for residents, $60 permit for non-residents.
   Star sighting: Jerry Seinfeld was seen having a drink alone last week at Jazziz Nightlife, which celebrated its grand opening in Mizner Park, but chatted briefly with an employee.
   Despite rescinding his resignation as FAU Head Football Coach Carl Pelini was fired by FAU interim president Dennis Crudele for not reporting improper staff behavior, so that Pelini did not have to repay $500,000 to the school and was lauded for his work as Head Coach.
   Hope Bruens, previous co-owner of The Buzz Agency, is fighting class 2 Ocular Melanoma. In a terrible turn of events, Hope was stunned by her partners Julie Mullen and Elizabeth Kelley Grace decision to dissolve The Buzz Agency amid her request for a buyout of her 1/3 ownership of the firm. Hope's partners then formed The Buzz Agency of Florida in an attempt to remain open for business and skirt the buyout.
  The former 50,00 sq. ft. corporate headquarters for ADT Corp and W.R. Grace & Co. at 1750 Clint Moore Road has been sold for $12.7 million.
  The 71.820 sq. ft. "Class B" office building in Boca Raton received $5.25 million for the 99% leased facility now owned by HC Real Estate Capital.
  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. 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 www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com  or call 561.852.000.
   Fork & Knife has opened at 99 SE Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton. See www.ForkAndKnifeRestaurant.com for menu and details or call 561.405.6542.
    Fit 2Run, offering gear for runners, celebrated its grand opening an Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its renovated mens' store at Town Center in Boca Raton.
    South Florida is on track to hit over 30 million visitors this year and account for creating 21,000 new jobs in Palm Beach County alone. Tourism accounts for nearly $6 billion in economic impact annually.
    There is good news and bad news in South Florida's reverse mortgage market, which tops the nation. Good news that seniors over 62 struggling with reverse mortgage payments and facing foreclosure can apply for $25,000 in assistance from the state. Bad news is that the Feds who guarantee them are making it more difficult for seniors to apply for loans because of soaring default rates.
     Four security experts testified before congress that the Obamacare website, www.healthcare.gov was rampant with security flaws and easily available to I.D. hackers to steal sensitive personal information. It was also revealed that Obamacare officials knew months in advance that the website was not ready for prime time and the launch should have been delayed to avoid the current disaster.
    United Health Care continues to come under heavy fire over its revised Medicare Advantage coverage that starts Jan. 1. United plans to dump thousands of doctors including hundreds in South Florida from its network and the cutbacks have sparked outrage among South Florida seniors enrolled in the plan. Congressional lawmakers and several Attorney Generals across the nation are investigating United's tactics.
    State owned Citizens Property Insurance, the insurer of last resort and the company policy holders love to hate, is starting to crack down on fraudulent claims with 15 insurance adjusters and insurers already arrested or targeted so far this year. Citizens has 125,000 customers in Palm Beach County. In a related matter, Heritage Property and Casualty of St. Petersburg, one of the start-up insurers slated to take over thousands of state owned citizens policies Jan. 1, shelled out $110,000 to Gov. Scott's re-election campaign and went to 92,000 Citizens policy holders from zero in one year after receiving up to $52 million bucks in state money to take over the policies. No other insurer received that sweetheart deal.   
   Blackstone Group owns 875 South Florida residential rental properties and Starwood Realty owns 375 South Florida residential rental properties.  
   The Faulk Center provides individual, family, and group counseling to children, teens, adults, and seniors through a variety of free and low cost mental health programs.  For more information and to schedule an initial evaluation session, please contact the Faulk Center at (561) 483-5300.
   Gas prices jumped across the country in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. But nowhere did they soar as much as they did in Florida. Although Florida is usually well below the national average, it�s now one of the highest.
    The Boca Raton Tree Lighting ceremony has been moved up two days to Nov. 27, before Thanksgiving, instead of Nov. 29 in Mizner Park and will include a live stage show in the amphitheatre, rides, children's activities and snow along with a kosher-style food truck for the first night of Chanukah.
   Black Nativity, Frozen in 3D, and OldBoy opens at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere theatres.  Black Nativity, Frozen in 3D, Homefront and
Nebraska opens at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Great Beauty opens Friday at the FAU Living Room Theatres. The Book Thief and Philomena opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth. All is Lost opens at Movies of Lake Worth.
    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on www.wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.

     Barry Epstein live features Govtecnics LLC president and founder and Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club chair James S. Titcomb, www.studybuddytoday.com  president Matthew Vinas and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on www.wrpbitv.com at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.  
  The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Starring the Rockettes is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Nov. 29-Dec. 8. Go to www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469 for more information and ticket reservations. Don't miss this spectacular show! Upcoming shows at the Kravis Center include: Steve Solomon: My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm Still in Therapy Dec. 18-22; The Midtown Men, featuring four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys Dec. 31; Jackie Mason Jan. 29; Mandy Patinkin, Feb. 5; Jay Leno, Feb. 8, and Joan Rivers March 13.
   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 Blvd.in downtown Boca Raton, featuring live music on the Piazza stage by "It Takes Two," a singer (Zella) and keyboard player (Phil),  performing a mix of old standards, holiday and patriotic music, with a little bit of country, too!  Call 561.299.8684 or email elilly707@aol.com for further information or if interested in participating.
   The next free Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library is Dec. 1, 3-4pm, at the Spanish River Library (1501 NW Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton) featuring "Women of Note," a 20-voice barbershop choir. Go to www.bocalibrary.org to register.
     The Last Night of Ballyhoo is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Spring, just east of Riverside Drive, to Dec. 31. Call 954-344-7765 or visit www.stagedoortheatre.com for tickets and more information.
      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 www.delraybeachplayhouse.com or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations.
  Veterans are needed to speak at the public County Commission meeting 1:30, Dec 3rd, 301 Olive Street West Palm Beach, favoring the support of the only and first war veterans memorabilia museum and education center in Palm Beach for honoring those who served and school students to see hands on memorabilia treasures from war veterans and learn what veterans did to keep them safe and free.
Contact PR.Group@Juno.com  or call 561-734-4527. 
    Chabad of West Boca presents hilarious comedy hypnosis featuring Glenn Miller, 7 P.m. Dec. 3, Embassy Suites, 661. N.W. 53rd St. Email office@chabadofbocaraton.com or call
561.994.6257 for further information.
   The 43rd annual Holiday Parade along Federal Highway downtown Boca will be Dec. 4.  Tickets are $35.
  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 idan@bocafed.org 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 www.brtg.org call 866.811.411. For more information, call 561.445.9244, email kassie@gmail.com.
   The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has 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 www.theplazatheatre.net  or call 561.588.1820. 
   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 & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561.514.4042 or visit www.palmbeachtramaworks.org for ticket information and reservations.
   The Boca Raton Children's Museum hosts its 20th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 7. Admission is $10 per person and infants are free. For more information, call 561.368.6875.
    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.
   U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and his wife Jill will be honored with the JTS Shin Award by the Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen and B'Nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton, at a 6 p.m. Dec. 9 dinner co-chaired by Alisa and Dr Richard Cohen and Dr Tobi and Rabbi David Steinhardt. Tickets are $100 and RSVP by Dec. 1 to 561.852.3453 or cakantor@jtsa.edu.
   The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film series screens Certified Copy followed by discussion 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 400 NW 2 Ave. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Go to www.bocalibrary.org to register on the Events Calendar for December.
   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 Craig Donoff, P.A., chaired by Roxane Lipton, Wendy Legum and Jill Viner. Cost is $500. For more information, visit www.ruthralesjfs.org/gala2013, call 561.852.5013 or email jillw@rrjfs.org. To learn more about JFS, visit www.ruthralesjfs.org.
     The Sheffield Brothers will be at the free Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert Dec. 15, 3-4 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 400 NW. 2 Ave. Reservations are required at www.bocalibrary.org to register on the events calendar for December.
   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 www.brtg.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Visit www.marilynforeverblonde.com,  call 561.445.9244 or email ckassie@gmail.com.
   Save the Date: United States Holocaust 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 www.southeast@ushmm.org for more information.
   Weight Watchers Group CEO Florine Mark speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County's Business & Professional Division (B&P), 8 to 10 am. Jan. 29 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Registration at $36 is available at www.jewishboca.org/icon or sonnies@bocafed.org, 561.852.3128. Future guests include Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Stephen Sadove on March 26.
   Inside the mind of John Lithgow; actor, musician, author, arts advocate 11:30 a.m. luncheon Jan. 30 Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion. For sponsorship opportunities and to register to attend the event, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation/STEAM.
   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 cindyb@levisjcc.org or call 561.852.3253 for more information. Committee in formation: www.levisjcc.org/casino.
    Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak at FAU 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Go to www.https://www.fauevents.com/online 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 www.scholarship.org for info.
      42 St. is at Boca Raton High School, Feb. 27- March 2. Visit www.bocatrama.com or call 561.338.15333 for more information and reservations.
      The West Boca High School Drama Dept. presents Young Frankenstein Feb. 28-March 8. Tickets are $15. Call 561.672.2066. Upcoming shows include Death by Dessert, April 25 & 26.
    The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the FAU arena on March 3 and 8. Go to www.harlemglobetrotters.com 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.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents "Some Enchanted Evening", 14th annual Spring Gala, 6:30 p.m. March 14 at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Tax deductible tickets are $500 and tables of ten are $5,000. Call 561.4042 ext. 106 for reservations and information.
   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 care givers 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.
    Save the Date: Former Miami Dolphin and now owner of Offerdahl's Cafe Grill John Offerdahl will be the keynote speaker for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County's 12th annual Inspiration breakfast fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 8 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
        www.westbocaleaders.com  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 and the South Florida Business report for contributing to this column.
        Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to all. Enjoy the holiday weekend with your friends, family and loved ones.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, the www.luxurychamber.com, the www.westbocaleaders.com 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: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on www.bocatribune.com, www.facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com - www.http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com as on his website: www.publicrelations.nu.                

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