Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Barrys Buzz - April 23, 2014

    Reza-Pahlavi, the Crown Prince of Iran, is the featured speaker at the  luncheon, 11:30 a.m. May 20. RSVP on the site or call 561.852.0000 for more information.
      Al Gortz has been elected Chair of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County succeeding Ellen Sarnoff's three year term.
     Sincere condolences to Boca Aviation Authority member and Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club director Bill Schwartz on the loss of his brother-in-law Aaron Cohen.   
     Boomers! on Airport Road in Boca has been sold to Apex Parks Group who plans improvements and job openings.   
     The 13th annual "Men with Caring Hearts" award luncheon, benefiting Florence Fuller Child Development Centers is April 25 at the Boca West Country Club, honoring Jay diPietro and others. For more information, call Lauren Kimber at 561.391.7274.
     Waterstone Resort & Marina - currently undergoing a dramatic re-envisioning from Boca Bridge Hotel - announces their super sales team, including Jennifer Graham as director of sales and marketing, Fran Bannon as director of catering, Lindsay Schwartzseid as sales and catering coordinator and Brittany Millner as digital media coordinator.
      Peoples Trust Insurance has stopped writing policies in South Florida.
      West Boca Relay for Life has been moved to 6 p.m. June 6 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Central Boca.
     Coconut Cove Water is open on weekends through June 5 in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in West Boca. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday April 18 and the same hours on Monday May 26, Memorial Day. Here's the link for ticket prices, hours and rules: or call 561-274-1140.
    Need organizing? Jaclyn Gross is a Professional Organizer. Her company is Tip Top Organizing LLC and you can reach her at 917.280.3106 in Delray.
     The Sawgrass Expressway is now using cashless tolling, so drivers must use Sunpass for paying tolls or pay a $2.50 fee when you get a bill in the mail.
     Palm Beach County bed tax revenue soared to a record $5.1 million in February up 28% from last year due to the miserable rotten weather up north that created a hefty 90% occupancy rate at area hotels and resorts. When March and April tallies are in, tourism officials forecast a record $40 million in bed tax tourism revenue on track for the year.
    People buying South Florida residences for residency requirements to beat taxes in other states could still face the tax man. Former New York and New Jersey citizens establishing residencies in South Florida are still being hounded by state tax collectors looking for their pound of flesh and they are relentless according to lawyers handling residency cases. The focus is source income received from New York and New Jersey, no matter where you live its taxable.
    South Florida�s luxury home market is picking up steam. Toll Brothers Royal Palm Polo 120 acre site development at Jog and old Clint Moore Roads in Boca, bought from the Oxley family for $80 million, is seeing heated interest in pre-construction sales of 223 homes priced from $1.2 million to $2 million, and should gross $200 million from the build-out. More than 60% of South Florida homes are selling for over $500,000.
    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood serves thousands of well-heeled poker players and staged a $5 million world poker tour event recently which cost $3,500 to enter and the top player in the tournament was none other than movie actress Jennifer Tilly, who won the world series of poker for women in 2005, and turned down an acting job to play in the tournament, which had a $1 million first prize.
    State lawmakers plan to wrap up this legislative session without green-lighting any destination casinos in South Florida or splitting off dog racing from slots and card rooms from pari-mutuel tracks. This despite lawmakers spending $400,000 on a gambling study and all sides of the gaming issue shelling out $7 million in lobbying fees and campaign donations to influence lawmakers.
    Palm Beach County population is 1,404,520.
    The 2014/2015 season for the Wick Theatre includes: Swing, Oct. 23-Nov. 16; Mame, Dec. 4-Dec. 28; La Cage aux Folles, Jan. 8-Feb. 15; Man of La Mancha, Feb. 26- March 22; Oklahoma, April 2-April 26 and Dames at Sea, May 7-24. Order tickets at or call 561.995.2333.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, through April 27 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Visit or call 561.514.4042 for tickets and further information.
    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
   Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30am at Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00pm at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit for more information.
     Watch Barry Epstein live with TEDx Boca Raton Executive Director Becky Woodbridge 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:
       The Other Woman, The Railway Man, Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Joe and Jodorowsky's Dune opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. The Other Woman and Walking with the Enemy opens at the Movies of Delray. Walking with the Enemy opens at Movies of Lake Worth. Special showing of Mary of Nazereth 12 noon April 26 at Movies of Delray.   
   Coming to South Florida:  A Day with the Masters Marketing Mastery Conference April 25, at the Broward County Convention Center.  At this one-day event, Bob Burg, JB Glossinger, Kathleen Gage, Susan Lassiter-Lyons, Christina Rowe and Heidi Richards Mooney - masters in business - will "pull back the curtain" and reveal the exact steps they take and the tools they use to generate sales and revenue for their businesses. Tickets are $77 (while they last); for more information visit
     It's the last few weeks of the Boca Raton Green Market!  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, now until May 10th.  �It Takes Two� are entertaining at this week�s market.   Call (561) 299-8684 for information.
    Meatball Room, 3011 Yamato Road in the Regency Court Shopping Center presents Legends 7 pm April 26. Call 561.409.4111 to reserve your table for dinner and show; only $34.95 or visit
for more 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.     
   The Trouble With Doug is 7:30 p.m. through May 11 at the Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. Delray. Visit or call 561.450.6357 for tickets.
     The West Boca High School Drama Dept. presents Death by Dessert, April 25 & 26. Tickets are $15. Call 561.672.2066.
     The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County presents Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson at the 2014 Annual Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. April 26 at Benvenuto, 1730 N. Fed. Hwy. Boynton Beach. $55 per person/$500 per table of 10. Pay at, email:  or call 561.392.1262 for more information.
      The South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities will walk together in solidarity in commemoration of the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day), 3 p.m. April 27, 2014, at Boca Raton Christian School (470 NW 4th Avenue). Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (333 SW 4th Avenue) for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 pm.
    A fundraising reception for County Commissioner Steven Abrams is 5:30 pm to 7 pm April 29 at Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real Suite 1203 in Mizner Park. For more information or to RSVP, call Jamie, 561.212.6662 or email Visit to pay online.
    The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is "tipping off" its new men's programming NBA Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier
, who led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two titles, 6:30 p.m. April 30, with dinner and drinks. Cost is $85.For more information, visit or contact Felice Naide at 561.852.6084 or Call Lori Grossman at 561.852.3374 or email:
    South Tech Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary 6 pm May 1. See for more information.

    Office Depot Foundation hosts its 7th annual weekend in Boca May 2 and 3 at Office Depot�s corporate headquarters for nonprofit organizations and anyone in serving the community. Register at
      A free Celebration of the Arts is 5:30, May 2 at the Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center including a street fair, art and fashion gallery,  a main stage performance at 7:30 pm featuring the Conservatory of Music and several talented actors, dancers, singers and poets. Reserve at 561.237.9000 or register at
     Congressman Ted Deutch gives a briefing on Greece, Cyprus and Israel relations, noon- 1:30 p.m. May 4 at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 NW 51st St. (Yamato Road). Light refreshments will be served. RSVP and questions to or call 561.470.5440.
     Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations' Meeting is 8:30 a.m., May 6th, 2014, Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. (next to City Hall). Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will report "The State of the City Address" with a Community Spotlight on Boca Helping Hands.
     Palm Beach State College Foundation�s 2014 Golf Classic is May 9 at the Country Club of Mirasol. Sponsorship opportunities and registration information is at or contact Ana Thomas at 561.868.3569.
     The sixth annual FREE score business conference with Google and Godaddy, etc. coming to Boca is 8 am. To 3:30 pm May 10th. Reserve your ticket at
     Reza-Pahlavi, the Crown Prince of Iran, is the featured speaker at the  luncheon, 11:30 a.m. May 20. RSVP on the site or call 561.852.0000 for more information.
  Red White and Blue Salute Our Troops-Fundraiser for FSO is 7 pm May 23 at Blue Martini 6000 Glades Rd in Boca Raton (outside Town Center Mall)
$10 a person with MC Former SFC William Schedneck - served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more info, contact Tara Laxer 561-289-6031.
  The Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach presents: 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.
     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.
      The 2014-15 Broadway series season at the Kravis Center includes Rodgers and Hammerstein�s Cinderella Nov. 11-16; The Book of Mormon, Dec. 16-21; Flashdance - the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015; Anything Goes, March 10-15, 2015; Memphis, April 7-12, 2015 and Pippin, April 28-May 3, 2015. Subscribers will get renewals in April. General public tickets will go on sale midsummer. To order go to or call 561.832.7469.  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 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. and on his website:       

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