Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Page Two; Barrys Buzz Nov. 6, 2013

     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. See or call 561.852.000.
    Yvonne Boice, Chair of the Palm Beach International Film Festival announced the appointment of film, theatre historian and former midday host on WLRN radio, Caroline Breder-Watts as the new executive director of the Festival replacing Randi Emerman, at a reception for founders, board members and supporters at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The 2014 19thannual PBIFF is April 3-10 and movie venues will include Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton.
    The new Wick Museum, part of the Wick (formerly Caldwell) Theatre is now open on N. Federal Highway in Boca, just south of the Delray line.
    Boca City Council delayed consideration of a proposed Tesla Car dealership with outdoor car storage at the Town Center Mall until Nov. 12.
    Office Depot and Office Max officially merged Tuesday in a $1.2 billion deal. No word yet where the headquarters will be located, but retiring CEO’s of the merged Office Depot/Office Max will receive $15 to $16 million for Neil Austrian and Ravi Saligram will receive about $13.5 million.
   Boca based structured legal settlement firm Imperial Holdings was bought by giant private equity firm Blackstone group for $12 million to keep it afloat.
   Some 150,000 cubic yards of sand are being poured back onto the beach at Boca’s South Inlet Park with the project scheduled to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a skeleton crew overnights. The completion date is on or before Nov. 20.
   South Tech Academy Graphic Arts Academy students Levette Williams, 9th grade and Giselle Martinez, 11th grade, won 1st and 2nd prize (respectively) for the Anti Defamation League's Art Jr. competition - “Imagine a World without Hate”. As part of the contest, their art will be displayed at the Armory Center located at 1700 Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach from Nov. 14-16, 2013.
    TooJays Gourmet deli was purchased by New York private investment company Branford Castle, according to Alexandra Clough, Palm Beach Post.
    193,000 Palm Beach County residents receiving food stamps will be nailed $40 per month in cutbacks to the program, estimated to be $85 million per year. Most of the benefits are redeemed at Publix, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie, all of which will see a $60 million megabucks loss in redemption revenue.
   Federal food stamp cuts amount to $420 annually.
   The Obamacare website continues its tangled mess, and cyber thieves are licking their chops to seize vital personal information that’s not secure on the website and government bureaucrats hired the same firm that screwed up the website in the first place to fix the current fiasco.  
   The Palm Beach Post continues to gut its newsroom of veteran newspeople over 55, including high profile editorial page editor Randy Schultz, book editor and best-selling author Scott Eyman and editorial writer Jac Wilder VerSteeg who took voluntary buyouts rather than being fired, with more newsroom employees and support staff over 55 slated for the chopping block, says former Post columnist and now Miami Herald columnist Jose Lambiet.
   The Black Diamond day tripper gambling ship out of the Port of Palm Beach has missed several launch dates and will now start close to the holidays, renamed the Island Breeze and expected to carry 125,000 passengers in its first year of operation, and pay the port $1 million in annual dockage fees.
   South Florida homeowners looking for a deal on short sales could face a hefty tax tab if Congress doesn’t renew the mortgage forgiveness relief act, set to expire Dec. 31. The law allows for reduction in mortgage loans by lenders but not labeled as income on a short sale or foreclosure. Average South Florida short sale on a $250,000 mortgage will nail the seller with an estimated $23,000 tax tab if the law is not extended. 
    Palm Beach County tax bills will cost FP&L $76 million, Town Center Mall will pay $7 million, The Breakers $4.3 million, the Gardens mall $4.7 million and two sugar growers in the Glades area combined will shell out $8.5 million. Palm Beach County property tax revenue is over $3 billion annually.   
   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 Veterans Speakers Forum will present an educational program honoring those who serve to 20 new English learning students from all over the world at Palm Beach Academic High School Nov. 7. For more information, all 561.734-4527 or email
   Thor and All is Lost opens Friday at the Boca Cinemark Palace & Premiere theatres, and at the Regal Entertainment Shadowwood theatres. Capital, How I Live Now and Big Sur opens Friday at the FAU Living Room Theatres.  12 Years a Slave opens at the Movies of Delray and About Time opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.
    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 Business consultant Bob Daves, Business Consultant Frank Feiler, Caregiver Jennifer Starke, and Movie Maven Morrie Zryl on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres. 
          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.
    Jan McArt presents Ring of Fire, A tribute to the “Man in Black”, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Get tickets at or call 561.237.7707 for further 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.
    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 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’ 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, Nov. 1-24. 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.
   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, 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.
     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.
   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.
   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: 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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