Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Barrys Buzz Feb. 19, 2014

   FAU’s new president John Kelly starts March with a $400,000 annual salary and $40,000 signing bonus as part of a 5 year contract, plus $60k retirement.
   Office Depot’s new CEO Roland Smith and his wife, Sandra Lynn have purchased a $3.65 million home in the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.
   Former Boca Community Resources and Affairs Specialist Emily Lilly has been appointed community Liaison for Aurora Nurses Personalized Private Duty Care in Lighthouse Point.
   Four New playing fields are in the works for the Spanish River Athletic Facilities at 228 acre de Hoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd which already has 8 fields. Phase II will also include one field building and restrooms, bleachers and related amenities. Two fields will be oversize and two regular size.
    Boca Raton former hedge fund manager Matt Martoma was found guilty of federal insider trading charges, which benefited his company for $276 million. The Feds have pressured Martoma to rat out his boss, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen in a plea deal, but Martoma made an ill fated choice to stand trial despite considerable evidence against him and now faces 10 years in the slammer.
    The state DOT is setting aside $18.6 million for improvements to SR 7 (U.S. 441) between Glades Road and  Sample Road in Broward County.
   Comcast will shell out $45 billion to take over Time Warner and the merger will mean Comcast’s 1.2 million South Florida customers will be clobbered with substantial rate hikes to pay for the deal.           
     The White House came up with its 18th revision of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare that allows businesses with 50 or more employees off the hook until 2016 for providing health insurance for workers or pay a penalty, with critics calling the delay a blatant political move to take the heat off Democrats supporting the unpopular law in the fall elections.
     South Florida law schools churning out lawyers are charging a bundle with no guarantee of a job after graduation or passing the bar. University of Miami nailed students for almost $44,000 a year, University of Florida $22,000, Florida State $21,000 and Nova Southeastern $35,000 with out of state students pay about double the state rates for public schools. UM tops the enrollment with 1307 students.
    Friends of the Boca Raton Library announced their 2014 Book Donation Drive, requesting books for all ages, DVDs, book and music CDs to be brought to the Friends of the Library Bookstore,400 NE 2nd Avenue or call 544-8596 to make arrangements for pick-up of an extra large number of books.  Sales of book donations will help the Friends fulfill its mission of Boca Raton libraries support.  The Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
     Palm Beach County has 19,312 cases in some stage of foreclosure.
    The Alliance is hosting a free CEU Class for Property Managers and Board Members of residential associations at 8 AM on Thursday, February 20th at the Deer Creek Golf & Country Club in Deerfield Beach.  Attendees will be treated to a delicious hot breakfast and valuable information regarding setting up and maintaining reserves in an HOA or COA. For more information, call Mike Wichelns at (561) 767-0247 or
   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.  
    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. See  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. For more 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 hair loss expert Dr. Alan Bauman, author Janet Kleinman, Business coach Ken Markman and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy 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:
   3 Days to Kill, In Secret and Pompeii opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Omar opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Delray & Lake Worth. Gloria opens at FAU Living Room Theatres. In Secret opens at Movies of Delray.
  It's 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.
Call (561) 299-8684 for information. 
   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.
   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.
   Lisa Todd, 2200 Glades Road, kicks off their Ego Original and Starfire trunk shows, Feb 20-22, with a special appearance by the cast of Spank! The 50 Shades Parody. The event will feature a cast meet and greet and great new looks from both designer lines. For more info, please call (561) 395-1930.
   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.
   The Original Florida Follies returns Feb. 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!
   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.
   Memphis is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 25-March 5.  Call 954.462.0222 or visit for tickets and 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.
     FAU College of Business honors Jordan Zimmerman at the Business Leader of the Year breakfast 8 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Boca Resort & Club. For more information, call Kimberly Gramm at 561.3628 or email
     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.  
   Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, presents: Fighting Over Beverley, A Romantic Comedy by Playwright Israel Horovitz, Feb. 28-23. Call 561.450.6357 or visit for tickets.
    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 or
   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.
     The Cat in the Hat and other famous characters from Dr. Seuss’ magical stories will visit BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Boca Center to enchant children and parents at the “Dr. Seuss Birthday Brunch” March 2 to celebrate the great American author’s 110th birthday and enjoy a tableside Meet & Greet with Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters. BRIO’s regular brunch and lunch menus will be offered during the event for adults and children at standard menu pricing. Reservations are required for “Dr. Seuss Birthday Brunch.” To RSVP and for more information, please call (561) 392-3777.
    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.
  Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meets 8:30 a.m. March 4, at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Free and open to the public, with City Traffic Engineer Douglas Hess, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, and spotlight on Florence Fuller Child Development Center.
  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.
   Dean Martin’s daughter Deana is in the Brazz Room of the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 pm March 7& 8. Call 954-344-5990 or visit for more information and tickets.
    Follow the Yellow Brick Road to JARC’s 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance March 9, 2014 at West Boca Country Club.
    Noted political consultant Dick Morris will speak at the lunch 11:30 am. to 1 pm at Bogart’s in the Premier level of the Boca Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
    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.
   Jan McArt presents Sweet Charity March 15 & 16 in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For tickets, call 561.237.9000 or visit
   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
   Slow Burn Theatre company presents CHESS, March 21-April 5 in the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre at West Boca High School, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 1.866.811.411 or visit for tickets and further information.
   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 email for tickets. Further information is at
    Chairman of the Braman Automobile Dealership, Norman Braman speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P), 6 to 8 pm. 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.
   Upcoming shows at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach 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. Visit or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations.
    Former Miami Dolphin and now owner of Offerdahl’s Café 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.
      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.floridajewishjournal.comwww.  as on his website:               

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