Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Page Two; Barrys Buzz - March 5, 2014

   Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time which we should have all year round!
  Noted political consultant Dick Morris will speak at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club lunch 11:30 am. to 1 pm March 13 at Bogart's in the Premier level of the Boca Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road. Register on the site at or all 561.852.0000 for further information.
    Office Depot and OfficeMax have reduced their combined headquarters staff by 35 percent since merging, created a few hundred new positions to be based in Boca Raton, including North American division president and chief strategy/innovation officer. Some store closures will follow.
  New 14-16 high steel arches were dedicated in at the north and south ends of the Pedestrian Promenade at NE 1st. Ave, in Sanborn Square Park.
 The Boca City Council unanimously approved Barrel of Monks beer Microbrewery and tasting room, the city's first, in the South Congress Industrial Park.
  With 30,000 students at Boca Raton's three universities as potential renters, University Park Student Residences, the city's first off-campus student housing complex officially broke ground on construction on more than 10 acres at 135 NW 20th St. with 159 units and 598 beds in the 8 four-story buildings.

   The Island Breeze is scheduled to start service March 20 from the Port of Palm Beach, after undergoing $3 million in renovations after being completely gutted, with owners expecting 125,000 passengers annually and the Port pocketing almost $1 million in revenue from 2/day 600 passenger ship sailings.
   South Florida homeowners that sold at short sale prices continue to face a brutal tax tab if Congress doesn't act to remove the mortgage forgiveness debt relief act which expired Dec. 31 which excluded debt forgiveness on short sales from being taxed as income, with Congress being pressured to renew the short sale exemption in an effort to stabilize the Real Estate market.
   State Senator Maria Sachs is amending the proposed bill to permit slots at the Palm Beach County Kennel Club in the Florida Senate allowing resort casinos in Broward and Miami/Dade Counties, along with limiting dog racing at the Palm Beach County Kennel Club, a move long sought after by Kennel Club owners, will face major hurdles as the bill for gambling expansion could put the state�s $250 million contract with the Seminole Indian Tribe in jeopardy, which gives them exclusive rights to table games like blackjack and baccarat. 
   South Florida housing prices and listings increased in January with Palm Beach County having over 7200 listings a month, up 7% over last year and January recording over 1000 single family sales at a median price of $255,000.
   South Florida Spirit Airlines, the pioneer in nickel and diming passengers, reported hefty profits of $177 million for 2013, up a huge 76% over 2012, operating with 54 planes and plans to increase the fleet to 143 in the next seven years. Spirit has an 18% market share of FLL traffic, behind Jet Blue.
   Many full and part time Jobs are still available at the newly opened 100 store Palm Beach Outlets mall in West Palm Beach, after 1,000 already hired.
   Cpl. Burt Richards, award winning producer, entertainer, and educator is hanging up his Veterans Speakers Forum Army Uniform to raise funds for the War Veterans Museum & Education Center in Palm Beach, with the New Traveling musical  "The Master Composers of Broadway" Sondheim, Porter, Kern and more with the music of their great Broadway hits:  Call 561-734-4527 or email for booking dates.
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  The Honda Classic at PGA National pumped in $40 million to the local economy and $2 million to local charities with near record attendance.
  AT&T paid $2.1 million, U.S. Sugar paid $1.7 million, FP&L paid $1 million, the Seminole Indian Tribe paid $615,000 and the Palm Beach County Sherrif's office paid $340 million (a double whammy for the taxpayers, despite the County having its own lobbyists) among the $220 million paid out in lobbying members of the State Legislature.
   The Full Monty is at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. to March 23. Call 561.995.2333 or visit for tickets.
   Memphis is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, to March 9.  Call 954.462.0222 or visit for tickets and more information.
    Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, presents: Fighting Over Beverley, A Romantic Comedy by Playwright Israel Horovitz, to March 23. Call 561.450.6357 or visit for tickets.
   Sister Act is at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach to March 9. Call 561.832.7469 or visit for tickets or info.
   The West Boca High School Drama Dept. presents Young Frankenstein to 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, to 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, to March 16 at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Visit or call 561.447.8829 for more information.
   Laughing Matters continues through March 22, 2014 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 Rags to March 16 and Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13. See  or call 561.588.1820.   
     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
     Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will open the 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca 7:30 p.m., March 6 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. Call either 561.368.8445 or toll free: 866.571.ARTS  or visit for more information or reservations.
   Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl and Barry Epstein discussing the Oscars on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
   Watch Barry Epstein live featuring Educator Tiny Katz, Task Me Anything co-founders Harriet Lewkowitz and Lauren Donahue 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 be on too to promote your business or profession. Call 561.852.0000 for details. You can also watch the TV shows ON Demand on wrpbitv. Just click on this link:
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 300: Rise Of An Empire opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Tim's Veneer opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres and the Classic Gateway theatres. Like Father Like Son and Bethlehem opens at the Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.
     KidSafe's 5th Annual "Shine the Light" Gala is 7 pm. March 7 at Woodfield Country Club, 3640 Club Place, Boca Raton. Call 855.844.SAFE or visit for further information and tickets.
   Another great Pop, Rock & Doo Wop show is 8 p.m. March 7 at the FAU Barry & Carole Kaye Performing Arts Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561.693.3632 or visit for tickets and more information.
    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.  
     The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the FAU arena on March 8. Go to or call 1.800.745.3000 for ticket information.
    Boca Raton Green Market, in its 17th year, has farm-to-table, freshly-picked produce (organics, too) from local growers, plants and flowers, bakery items and lots more,  8am to 1pm every Saturday and featuring "It Takes Two" (Zella and Phil) March 8 performing a wide variety of musical selections at the sw parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd. Call (561) 299-8684.
   Dreamworks' "Shrek the Musical" is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd.
Call 561-852-3300 or 561-852-3241.
    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.    
   The Jim Kovalcik Trio is free to the public 3 p.m. March 9 at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2 ave. RSVP at or call 561.299.8684.
   Follow the Yellow Brick Road to JARC's 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance March 9, 2014 at West Boca Country Club. Visit www. or call 561.558.2550 for more information and tickets. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
   The Friends of the Boca Raton Library's Foreign Film Series will screen Louis Malle's My Dinner With Andre, an art house classic, March 11th, 6:30 � 9:00 p.m., followed by discussion at 400 NW 2nd Avenue,.  Admission to the film is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP at    
   Noted political consultant Dick Morris will speak at the lunch 11:30 am. to 1 pm March 13 at Bogart's in the Premier level of the Boca Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road. Register on the site or all 561.852.0000 for further information.
   The Junior League presents Flavors, featuring 17 restaurant sampling, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 13 at The Sonoma House, 220 NE 11th St. Boca. Visit, email or call 561.620.2553 for more information or tickets.
    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
    "My Author Is My Hero Day", produced by Barbara M. Wolk is not your normal BookTalk, 3 p.m., March 16 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2 S.W. 12th Ave. Boca Raton. These authors really do walk the walk. These authors truly do care...and have something unique to share. In fact, 50% of their sales on this day are donated to The Boca Raton Walk on Water Fund.    (  Donation: ONLY $5.00. Call 561.483.2054 or email for further 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
   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.
      Another great Pop, Rock & Doo Wop show is 8 p.m. March 29 at the FAU Barry & Carole Kaye Performing Arts Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561.693.3632 or visit 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: 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 Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Super Sunday is March 30. For information on Super Sunday opportunities or to RSVP, visit or contact Marcy Lippman at 561-852-3271 or email
   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.
     Thanks to David Weir and the South Florida Business Report for contributions to the 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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