Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Barry's Buzz Feb. 12, 2014

     Wings of Freedom, three fully functional World War II aircraft are at the Signature Flight Support, 3300 Airport Road now through Sunday, Tickets are $6 for age 12 and younger and $12 for adults. Free to World War II Vets. 
     Waterstone Resort & Marina is hiring for positions Feb. 12 &13, at the downtown library, 400 NW 2nd. Ave., Boca Raton. For more info, call 561.368.9500. 
     Winter Haven based CenterState Bank bought Boca based Florida Southern Bank for $190 million, after buying Gulfstream business bank for $77 million. Florida Southern has 17 branches in Florida with 6 in South Florida and $482 million in deposits. 
     Congress cut $8 billion from Food Stamps, affecting one million in South Florida, and 190,000 in Palm Beach County, amounting to $90 per month. 
     The embattled Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has become another nightmare for South Florida’s 22% Hispanic population with only 1% currently enrolled. The long delayed Spanish language website is plagued with missed translations, technical errors and filled with roadblocks for Latinos attempting to enroll in the program, with the most affordable plans often excluding Hispanic doctors. 
     The Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council (GBREPC) held its monthly dinner meeting on January 21, at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Alan B. Rosenthal, GBREPC President and Lanny Marks, GBREPC Immediate Past President, presented checks to  Barbara Witte, representing Florida Atlantic University, and John Gallo, representing Lynn University. Other recipients, not in attendance, included Palm Beach State University and selected local high schools.  The well attended meeting was co-sponsored by United Nursing Services and U.S .Trust Company. 
     Boca Museum of Art director Steven Maklansky has resigned, effective Jan. 31. 
     Boca Raton attorney Stan Orner was suspended for 30 days by the Florida Bar for an ethics violation. 
     Michael Rauch has been appointed president of CRE Florida Partners, commercial real estate firm in Boca Raton.    
     Bistro Gastronomie, an upscale French and American Cuisine restaurant opened at 9101 Lakeridge Blvd. in the Yamato Village Center, West Boca. 
      Mark Klienman, SE States Director for AIPAC, will talk about the challenges facing Israel and AIPACS annual policy conference, 7 pm, Feb. 12 at Beth Ami Congregation, 1401 N W 4th Avenue, Boca Raton. There is no charge to attend. 
     The South Florida Fair wrapped up its 17 day annual event with attendance slightly off 30,000 from 580,00 last year due to rain and two cold snaps that kept fairgoers away, with vendors reporting sluggish sales due to the weather and midway attractions drew sparse crowds, The bottom line was boosted the last four days with great weather. 
     Major League Baseball 6 week Spring Training season starts this week with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie and the Washington Nationals near the Kennedy Space Center, generating $15 per team in economic impact. 
     Florida has 868 McDonald’s restaurants, 693 CVS pharmacies and 1,261 tanning facilities. 
     42 St. has been extended to Feb. 15 at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. Call 561.995.2333 or visit for tickets. 
     The Broward Stage Door Theatre has announced their 2014-2015 season: Butterflies are free, Aug. 1-Sept. 14; The Last Romance, Oct. 10-Nov. 23; Old Jews Telling Jokes, Nov. 1-Jan. 4, 2015; 5 Guys Named Moe, Dec. 10-Jan. 18, 2015; I love you, You're Perfect, Now Change, Feb. 6, 2015-March 7, 2015; George M. Cohan Tonight, March 20, 2015-April 26; and Bell Book, and Candle, May 15, 2015-June 21, 2015. Call 954.344.7765 or visit for tickets. 
     You Can’t Take it with You is at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach through Feb. 16; Upcoming shows include: 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. or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations. 
     The Last Schwartz runs to Feb. 23 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s studio Theatre. Tickets at or call 866.811.4111. 
     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. 
     The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13.  or call 561.588.1820. 
     Crimes of the Heart runs through 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. 
     Wiesenthal is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, through March 16.Visit or call 954-344.7765 for tickets. information: visit or             Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Harold Pinter’s Old Times through March 2 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Tickets are at or call 561.514.3042. 
     Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m. 
     Watch Barry Epstein live featuring Stop Bulllying Foundation Founder and CEO Lowell Levine, Web designer and internet marketing expert Brandon Harris, Renaissance Festival producer Bobby Rodriguez, Medical Alert Systems Sales Representative Joan Quittner and Comedian Steve Soloman on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.  You can also watch the TV shows ON Demand on wrpbitv. Just click on this link:      Robo Cop (opened Wednesday), About Last Night, Winter’s Tale and Endless Love opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. When Comedy Went to School opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Delray & Lake Worth. Girl on a Bicycle opens at FAU Living Room Theatres. Labor Day opens at Movies of Delray.      Live performance by flautist, Jim Kovalcik, along with Girl Scout cookies for sale at the Boca Raton Green Market this week!  The 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. 
     Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information. 
     Wallenberg, A New Musical Drama is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 &  13 at the Lynn University Wold Center for the Performing Arts, 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton. Tickets at 561.237.9000 or visit for more information. 
     The new season of House of Cards with Kevin Spacey and Al Sapienza premieres on Netflix Feb. 14. 
     The Original Florida Follies is Feb. 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! 
     The first Arts Spark Kids fest is 11 am. to 4 pm Feb. 17 for ace 3 and older at Sugar Sand Park, 301 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Admission is $7 for age 15 and younger and free for adults. Six food trucks will be on the site. 
     The Boca Raton Republican Club features a Meet and Greet for City municipal election candidates with keynote speaker and author, KCarl Smith, president and founder of Frederick Douglass Republicans 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Jazzis Nightlight,  201 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Free to members, $30 for guests. Includes free drink and hors’doevuvres. Register at
     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library are proud to announce the return to the Downtown Library of Kevin Manning, noted retired Astrophysicist.  He – and his telescope, weather permitting – will again dazzle Boca Raton residents on Tuesday evening,  February 18, beginning at 7 pm. 
     Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak at FAU 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Go to www. to purchase tickets. 
     Palm Beach County offers a free 2 mile  night Hike event limited to 20 participants 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Pondhawk Natural Area, next to the Spanish River Library. RSVP to 561.233.2457 or Hikers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring flashlights and insect repellent. 
     St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton will celebrate the completion of its 10-year-long sanctuary renovation with a weekend of festivities beginning Feb. 20. Call the Rev. Mark Leondis at 561-994-4822 for more information. 
     The Full Monty is at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. Feb. 20-March 23. Call 561.995.2333 or visit for 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. The Palm Beach Playhouse present BOXer SHORTS 3, Feb. 22 & 23, 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach. Call the box office 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. 
     Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis speaks at the 7th annual “Heart of a Woman” luncheon Feb. 24 at the Boca Resort & Club to benefit A Community of Hope: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Tickets are 4125. Visit for more information. 
     The final Boca municipal election debate is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at 6500 N. Congress Ave., sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 
     Whole Foods Market Co-CEO Walter Robb speaks at the Lynn University Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail Boca. Tickets are $25. Call 561.237.9000 or visit
     Jane Pauley speaks 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Jewish Family Services luncheon at Boca West Country Club. 42 St. is at Boca Raton High School, Feb. 27- March 2. Visit or call 561.338.1533 for more information and reservations.              The Ladies & More present Redefining Your Path, a free four-hour workshop to assist attendees to discover their personal path to fulfillment,  featuring Myra Goldick, Amada Pelaez, Roxanne Birney, John Spannuth and Kersen De Jong, 8 a.m. to noon, Feb. 28 at Palm Beach State College, Boca Campus, 3000 St. Lucie Ave. Room HT 103.Register at or call 561.862.4762 for more information. 
     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 Women’s Theatre Project presents Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Feb. 28-March 16 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $25. Call 561.347.3948, visit, email ckassie@gmail.comor
     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. 
      Mark your calendars: the Rod Stewart Live Tribute Concert is 8 p.m. March 1 at the Countess de Hoernle Theatre of Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton. Email or call 561.912.1453 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities. 
     Dr. Gershon Baskin, author of The Negotiator and the person responsible for the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit, will be the guest speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 3 at Bogarts, on the Premiere level of the Boca Palace Cinemark Theatres. Register at and click on the event registration page to RSVP or call 561.852.0000. 
     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 www.festivaloftheartsboc.orgfor 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, sponsored by the Unicorn Children’s Foundation is March 22, 2014, from 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. 
     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 for tickets. Further information is at         Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Stephen Sadove speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business &rofessional Division (B&P), 8 to 10 am. March 26 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Register for $36 at or, or call 561.852.3128. 
     The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards is the Nat King Cole Generation Hope concert, 6:30 p.m., March 28 at the Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University. For more info and sponsorship opportunities, email; or call 561.213.8209. 
      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. 
     Florida will offer a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies from June 1-14. During that time period, Floridians can purchase flashlights, batteries, weather radios and other basic hurricane supply items, all tax-free. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30.  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. 
     Enjoy the three day holiday weekend with your friends and loved ones, or your family.       Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of 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 - www. as on his website:

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