Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Barrys Buzz Jan. 8, 2014

     Florida CFO Jeff Atwater and Former U.S. Senator George Lemieux are among the finalists for the FAU presidency, Florida Senator Jeremy Ring, former Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson and Boca tech guru Craig Agranoff didn't make the cut. Decision is expected Jan. 17.
    Boca tech guru Craig Agranoff, almost won Powerball last week. He even got the powerball but was one number off and got $10,000 instead. See it at
   Florida Senator Jeremy Ring may run for CFO is Jeff Atwater is selected as next president of Florida Atlantic University.
   Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is said to run for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat in 2016 if Rubio runs for president, setting up a grudge match with former Congressman Allen West, also eying the seat.
  Mark Gilbert, a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser from Boca Raton, has been nominated by President Obama to be the next Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, which requires Senate confirmation.
   A new development proposal goes before the County Commission on Jan. 9 calling for building 288 homes on the old Mizner Trail fairways and putting greens meandering through the Boca Del Mar neighborhood, with growing support from neighbors who had opposed the project for years.
 Boca Raton-based tech firm TouchSuite considered relocating to Texas, but has decided to stay in its current location and add 50 jobs.
  A crowd of their own members, Congressman Ted Deutch and County Commissioner Steven Abrams turned out at a ribbon cutting for the new lobby and multi-purpose area in the clubhouse at The Club at Boca Pointe, which will be constructing a new 12,000 ft. Fitness Center.
 Boca Raton philanthropist Countess Henrietta de Hoernle has donated $250,000 to The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, formerly the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton at 7901 N. Federal Highway. Her donation at a recent performance kicked off a donor-naming campaign for the costume museum, the stage, museum gift shop, Tavern room, Ziegfield bar, lounges, dressing rooms, box office, the atrium, individual seats and the restrooms.
Co-owners/operators Scott Niskar and Lee Tushman opened The Fork & Knife behind the Bank of America building at 99 SE Mizner Blvd. Call 561.405.6542.
 Clara Bennett, former Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport manager has been hired as the new manager of the Boca Raton Airport, starting in January.
  Tri-Rail executive director Joseph Giulietti is expected to take a job as president of New York's Metro-North Commuter Railroad.
   Dennis Max and Bill Hansen have teamed up to start a new "off-premise" catering venture at the Sonoma House in Boca Raton. Call 561.756.9474.
   A new Subway shop has opened at the Peter Blum YMCA of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton.
   Boca Raton-based Dawson James Securities has announced an effort to arrange financing for startup companies in an alliance with the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. Visit or call 561.391.5555 for more information.
  Boca Raton attorney Eric Simon had his ticket yanked for three months in a 49,000 condo development dispute.
  Boca Raton's Legacy Bank picked up a major cash infusion to starve off Federal seizure.
  The Fox network will gross an estimated $240 million for the Super Bowl broadcast on Feb. 2, with 30 second spots, which are all sold out, going for $4 million each, digital streaming ads going for $250,000 and the West Palm and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale affiliates will pocket an estimated $1.5 million.
   The WSJ accurately predicted that the tax avalanche on Obamacare targeted small businesses, with premium hikes that will be passed on to consumers. Government officials said the Obama tax on covered workers will be rocked with about $500 in hiked premiums.
  Florida refused to expand Medicaid leaving 793,262 uninsured.
   The Port of Palm Beach had 550,000 passengers in 2013 and PBIA had 5.6 million passengers, after losing 100,000 passengers the previous two years.
  Obamacare has created 20 new taxes and has slashed $700 billion from Medicare recipients.
  Laughing Matters continues through March 22, 2014 and the Wizard of Oz is Jan. 7-19 at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue. Fort Lauderdale. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.
   Movie star Molly Ringwald will return to Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park Jan. 8 for shows at 7 and 9 p.m.  Tickets cost $55 to $85. Call 561-300-0732 or visit Also see:
   Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
   Boca City Council candidate Scott Singer has a cocktail reception and screening of American Hustle 6 p.m. at the IPIC theatres in Mizner Park. RSVP to or call 561.558.7224. For more information, go to
   Watch Barry Epstein live featuring Boca City Council candidate Robert Weinberg, JFK political consultant Mel Cottone and WRPBITV Associate Producer Mark Anoff on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday. Watch to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.  You can now watch the TV shows ON Demand on wrpbitv. Just click on this link:
   Her, Lone Survivor, August: Osage Country and The Legend of Hercules opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Regal Shadowwood Entertainment Theaters. Jewish Cardinal opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. August: Osage Country and Her opens at the Movies of Delray. Her opens at the Movies of Lake Worth.
     9 to 5: The Musical runs through Jan. 19 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Visit or call 954.344.7765 for tickets.   
      The Capitol Steps will be 7 p.m. Feb. 10, and Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson will discuss Jewish Contributions to the American Revolution, 7 p.m. March 24 as part of
the 2014 ADL Lecture Series at Boca West, 20583 Boca West Drive. Call 561.988.2935 or email for tickets. Further information is at
     Porgy and Bess is Jan. 7-12 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. Tickets are at or call 561.832.7469.
    The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Renee Taylor, My Life on a Diet, Jan. 16-Feb. 9 and Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13. See  or call 561.588.1820. 
      Palm Beach Dramaworks presents The Lion in Winter, now extended to Jan. 12, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561.514.4042 or visit for ticket information and reservations.
   Boca Raton Green Market, in its 17th year, has farm-to-table, freshly-picked produce (organics, too) from local growers and lots more,  8am to 1pm every Saturday at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd in downtown Boca Raton.  Local teenage country sensation, Brooke Galmarini, will perform live from the Piazza stage.
   The Les Mack Trio will be performing "Music of the Ages" at the Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert on Sunday, January 12, 3-4pm, at Downtown Library located on 400 NW 2nd Ave (Boca Raton Blvd), Boca Raton.  The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and is open to the public, free admission. Register at www.bocalibraryorg  to reserve your seat.
   Robert Weinroth has his campaign kick-off reception for Boca City Council Seat D, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Meatball Room in the Regency Court at Woodfield, 3011 Yamato Road, Ste.A 20, Boca Raton. Visit for more information.
   Glamour Girl! The Jan McArt Story will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Lynn University's Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10. Call 561.297.9000 or visit
     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series presents 35 Shots of Rum, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 400 NW 2 Ave. Free admission and complimentary refreshments will be served. Register at to reserve your seat.
   The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival is Jan. 16-26 at the Frank Delray Marketplace Theatres and other venues. Visit or call 1.888.318.0071.
    The South Florida Fair is Jan. 17-Feb. 2 at the Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach. Call 561.793.0333 or visit
    Crimes of the Heart is Jan. 17-Feb. 23 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Visit or call 954.344.7765 for more information and ticket reservations.
   Sol Theatre presents J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Jan. 17-Feb. 2, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Boca. Call 561.447.8829 or email
   The Rotary Club of Boca Raton 2014 OPAL honorees Gary Peters, Irving Gutin, Karen and Howard Weiss, Anthony Comparato and Cecil Roseke, chaired by Doug Mummaw, Neil Saffir and Peter Baronoff will be Jan. 18 at the Club of Boca Pointe, announced club president Julie Vianale. Call 561.477.7180 or email for more information and reservations.
   The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club will feature Boca Mayoral candidate and current Vice Mayor Susan Haynie debating an empty chair as her opponent declined to appear and a Meet the Council candidates, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Bogarts, on the Premiere level of the Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road, just north of Glades Road. It's a sad commentary when one of the candidates for Mayor declines to debate in a public forum. The format for the debate were openings and closings comments, questions asked by each candidate to the other, one question about development and one question about budget. If a candidate intends to be the Mayor/Leader of a major city, he should not be fearful to articulate his positions in any public forum. Membership, reservations and further information can be done on or call 561.852.0000.
     Sincere condolences to Boca Realtor Fred Defalco on the loss of his young 36 year old daughter Sandra Marie Perez Jan. 5 due to the H1N1Flu Virus and Pneumonia in Cookeville, Tn. Local memorial service will be 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Soncoast Community Church, 7500 East Country Club Blvd. Boca.
  On January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton, the JJCF will present a collective thank you to the Golden Givers with a Golden Gathering breakfast event. All are invited to enjoy Bagels with Golda, a one woman, audience-participatory show featuring Joan Wolfberg as Golda Meir.  Cost is $18. Call call 561-852-6090 or email
    Wiesenthal is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, Jan. 22-March 16.Visit or call 954-344.7765 for tickets. For more information, visit or
   Mark your calendars: will be launching 5 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at 6001 Broken Sound Parkway, Boca, Suite 100. RSVP to
   Craig Ehrnst's Boca City Council campaign fundraiser is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Artistic Elements, 400 E. Palmetto Park Road, RSVP to 561.750.1554.
   Slow Burn Theatre presents Parade, Jan. 23- Feb. 9 at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre in West Boca High, 12811 West Glades Road. Call 866.822.4111 for tickets and group sales or visit
   The Boca Raton Theatre Guild presents "Pippin" Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail. Call 561.347.3948 or visit or go to
      The free 5th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25 & 26 Downtown Boca, on Federal Highway, from Palmetto Park Road north to NE 2 St., adjacent to Sanborn Square Park. Federal Highway will be closed to traffic. Call 941.755.3088 or visit for more information.
    The Beach Boys will be at the 52cnd annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball, Jan. 25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, celebrating the hospital's establishing the new Marcus Neuroscience Institute, honoring benefactors Bilii and Bernie Marcus and recognizing 13 physicians. Tickets are 4400 with levels of sponsorship. Visit www. or call 561.955.5168 for tickets.
  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum South Florida Luncheon, is 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.
   Wake Up Florida 2014 Elections has its kick-off dinner 6-8 pm. Jan. 27 at the Boca Marriott, 5150 Town Center Circle, with recording artist Lou Galterio as special guest. Tickets are $50, tables of 10, $500. RSVP to
   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 or, 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
   The Last Schwartz is Jan 30-Feb. 23 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center's studio Theatre. Tickets at or call 866.811.4111.
  Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Harold Pinter's Old Times Jan. 31-March 2 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Tickets are at or call 561.514.3042.
    Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Salvador Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet will be at the Wentworth Gallery, Town Center Mall 6 - 9 p.m. Feb. 1. RSVP to or call 561.338.0804.
     Upcoming shows at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach include: 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 Original Florida Follies returns Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 to Olympic Heights Theatre, 20101 Lyons Road. Tickets are $28. Call 561.749.0016, 561.338.6860, 561.720.1880, 561.392.8253 or visit for more information. Don't miss it!
     Homeland star Mandy Patinkin will speak at "The Event 2.4.14", 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561.852.3374 or email:
   A tribute to the late Maestro Bob Lappin by the Palm Beach Pops will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Kravis Center with guest conductor Lee Musiker, longtime music director and conductor for Tony Bennett, featuring Broadway star Christine Andreas, acclaimed pianist and singer Tony DeSare, big band songstress Lynn Roberts, trumpeter and vocalist Longineu Parsons and former Pops concertmaster and violinist Mary Rowell. This one-time concert will not only honor the memory of Maestro Bob Lappin by recounting many of the wonderful musical memories over the past 21 seasons, but proceeds will support the ongoing Palm Beach Pops Music & You In-School Youth Education Program for underserved Palm Beach County Schools. Enjoy a magical musical evening as only the Pops can deliver and assist the continuing mission to Keep the Music Playing in our schools and community. Tickets are $29 and up. Call 561.832.7677 for reservations and more information.
    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 or visit for more information and reservations.
   The new season of House of Cards with Kevin Spacey and Al Sapienza premieres on Netflix Feb. 14.
    Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak at FAU 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Go to www. to purchase tickets.
    Philanthropist Yvonne Boice is among those honored at a Boca Chamber Diamond Award lunch, 11:45 am-1:30 pm. Feb. 21 at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place. Visit or call 395-4433 for tickets.
    The Caribbean Cowboy Ball is 6 pm. Feb. 22, 2014 at Red Reef Park. Tickets are $175. Call 561.347.6799 or for info.
      42 St. is at Boca Raton High School, Feb. 27- March 2. Visit or call 561.338.1533 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.
   Evening Star Productions presents Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Feb. 28-March 16 at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Visit or call 561.447.8829 for more information.
    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.
   Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will open the 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, accompanied by Festival Orchestra Boca under the direction of Festival Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Perlman will return to the Festival stage on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. for the Florida premiere of his new program of traditional Jewish and Klezmer music with celebrated Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul. Arturo Sandoval, Forte, Cirque de la Symphonie, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Danna Deveare Smith and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company highlight the 2014 Festival of the Arts Boca, March 6-15. Early bird tickets of $39 (regular price is $125) are available through Dec. 31. Call either 561.368.8445 or too free: 866.571.ARTS  or visit for more information or reservations.
    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.
   John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be the guest speaker at the AFMDA 2014 Humanitarian Awards cocktails, dinner and entertainment, honoring Eileen & Michael Goldman, March 16 at St. Andrews Country Club. Call 561.835.0510 or e-mail
   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.  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.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the, the, the 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 - www. as on his website:    

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