Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Barrys Buzz – June 18, 2014

   The Luxury Chamber features State Rep. Bobby Powell, 6 to 8 p.m. June 18 at Peninsula On The Intracoastal, 2690 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Fl. 33435. RSVP to register at to network with upscale business and professional people.
    Keyes President Mike Pappas speaks at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club lunch 11:30 a.m. July 8 at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road at the Florida Turnpike in Boca. RSVP and register at
   Correction: Boca Raton did not agree to help fund the Airport’s Administration Building in the amount of $622,000 and did not agree to fund any portion of the building.  The Airport Authority did agree to self-fund the building with an 80% FDOT participation as the Authority operates the Airport and sets policy for their staff to implement.  The Authority was created as a special district by the state legislature and the land is owned by the State of Florida.  Even though the airport shares an excellent relationship with the City, the City has no jurisdiction over or participation in the funding of Airport operations.
     370 residential units approved by the City Council will be the first buildings in the Arvida Park of Commerce in northwest Boca to have bedrooms.
      Racks Restaurant’s pork-belly patty melt in Mizner Park was named one of the best sandwiches in the country by Restaurant Hospitality.
      Restaurant broker Tom Prakas and Davin Tran will be opening their second location of Rhino Doughnuts in July at Mizner Plaza, 126 N.E. 2 St.
     Federal regulators are turning up the heat on Boca Raton based Med-Care Diabetics and Medical Supplies as an ongoing investigation into Medicare fraud and a recent review of Medicare claims reveal the company may owe millions of dollars to the government. One of the principals, Danny Porush served three years in prison for Medicare fraud. CEO Steve Silverman denied any wrongdoing.   
     Palm Beach County home builder Ed Falcone was found guilty in a civil theft lawsuit and could pay $6 million just for starters. Falcone was accused of deceptive practices along with his lawyer Mike Massinoff when buying a prime Boca Raton property housing a cemetery. The jury also agreed that Falcone acted with criminal intent on the deal which could cost him big in punitive damages and legal fees.
     The rumor mill is churning that giant supermarket chain Publix will buy specialty grocer Whole Foods, which has run into a rough patch of stagnant sales and pinched profits. It’s a long shot to happen, but Publix can certainly afford the major takeover price as first quarter earnings reached $493 million on sales of $7 billion. Last year Publix posted a profit of $1.5 billion.
     The Palm Beach Post featured an in-depth peek at annual paychecks for top executives in Palm Beach County. Leading the parade was Boca Raton’s, Martin Franklin, head of Jarden Corporation which makes home appliances, who clocked in at $44 million, former Office Depot Chairman Neil Austrian made $19 million, despite Office Depot losing millions of dollars under his watch, a stock price that went into the tank and a slew of lawsuits alleging overbilling, Boca’s First United Bank CEO Rudy Schupp made $971,970, Boca’s GEO group CEO George Zoley made $5.4 million and NextEra Chairman Lew Hay made $18.5 million in 2013.
     Seven former officers and directors of Boca’s now defunct Sun America bank have agreed to pay the FDIC $1.6 million to settle a $13 million lawsuit. The Feds seized the bank four years ago with a $157 million clean-up tab. Bank Chairman Mike Golden and several officers and directors were accused of making millions in garbage loans, cooking the books and blatant insider dealing.
     Boca Raton attorney Stu Rosenfeldt pled guilty to bank fraud charges in the notorious Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme and faces five years in jail. He was a name partner in the firm where he and his partners Rothstein and Adler ran the scam. Rothstein is doing 50 years in jail and Adler plead guilty too.
    Several attorneys from the marital and family law firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. have been named to the prestigious Florida Super Lawyers 2014 list. Partners Peter L. Gladstone and Jeffrey A. Weissman, and senior attorney Christopher W. Rumbold have been selected as Florida Super Lawyers, and senior attorney Denise L. Jensen has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
    UNOde50, a jewelry line from Spain has opened at the Town Center in Boca Raton, offering a wide selection of men’s and women’s accessories.
     The Life is at the Delray Square Performing Arts Center, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach through July 27. Call (561) 880-0319 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.
    Cafe Cinematheque Foreign Films with Shelly Isaacs is every Thursday at 10:30 Movies of Delray 561-638-0020 and Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Movies of Lake Worth 561-968-4545. Visit for more information.
     Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
    Watch Barry Epstein live to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business. Call 561.852.0000 for details.
     Jersey Boys, Think Like a Man Too opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Supermensch and Ida opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Jersey Boys, Ida and Redwood Highway opens at the Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.  The Immigrant, Neighbors and Disney Bears opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Jersey Boys and Ida opens at the Classic Gateway theatre in Fort Lauderdale. 
     On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s is through July 27 at the Broward Stage Door theatre, 8036 W Sample Rd. Coral Springs. Call 954.344.7765 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.
    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.     
   Every Sunday at AMF bowling, 1190 Boynton Beach Blvd. and Congress Ave. Brain Bowlers sponsors a bowling league for families and children with disabilities to raise funds and awareness for agencies and children who are void of social interaction.  Cost is only $1.38 per game and families can bowl one or two games.  There is also entertainment and prizes. For further information, call Robert Gottesman at 561-676-2075.
    Avenue Q runs June 19th to June 29th, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts Crest Theater at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach.  Tickets are available at: or by calling 561-243-7922 ext. 1. (Not suitable for children under the age of 15).
      The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: Crazy Fingers, Grateful Dead tribute band June 27, Odyssey Road, Journey tribute band July 11, U2 by UV , U2 tribute band, July 25, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute band Aug 1 and Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band Aug. 8. Visit for more information.
    Dr. Robert Watson speaks 2 pm June 23 on the 2014 mid-term elections and 2 pm June 25 on 1814: The Bicentennial of the most intriguing year in American History in the sanctuary of the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowhip, 2601 St. Andres Blvd. north of Glades Road. $40 for both sessions, $25 for one. Call 561.883.0999 to reserve or email Visit for more information.
    The Republican Federated Women of South Florida will be joining with the Boca Raton Republican Club, the Boynton Beach Republican Club, and the Palm Beach Republican Club, to present a Candidate Debate with the three candidates for Florida's Congressional District 22. 6:30 pm June 25 at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. There is no charge for this event, and light snacks will be served.
     A never-before-seen collection of works by Michael Godard, the Rockstar of the Art World, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at an exhibition presentation 6 to 9 pm June 28 at the Wentworth Gallery, Boca Town Center, 6000 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Call 561.338.0804 or Email to for more info and to RSVP.
     Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and the West Boca Community Council present their seventh annual Fourth of July celebration at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park on Glades Road, west of 441, featuring Replay. Following the concert is a musical fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. The Kids Fun Zone will feature tons of games, a tattoo parlor, sidewalk chalk, and more. Several food trucks will be on site. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Free admission.
     The Boca Black Film Festival will take place at the Boca Raton Marriott from July 17-19. It is a new festival for black content makers based in the U.S. For more info visit
    Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale July 22-27. Call 954.462.0222 or visit for tickets or more information.
     The fourth annual White Coats-4-Care awareness and fund raising reception to benefit Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31 at the all-new Waterstone Resort & Marina’s Penthouse Atlantic Ballroom, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Admission starts at $100 and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.392.5166 or email for more information.
     The National Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Boca Raton for the first time on Oct. 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Registration for the walk is free at Volunteers are also needed. Contact Pamela Polani at or call 561-496-4222.
      JARC sponsors a bowling fundraiser 12:30 to 3 Oct. 26 at Strikes Boca to benefit Adult Day Training Program. Sponsorships are needed. Call 561.558.2572 or email Register at
     The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 27th annual Volunteer of the Year fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and luncheon is Nov. 7 at Boca West Country Club. Nominations are still being accepted by calling 561.620.2553.
     The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk for mental health is 8 am. Nov. 8, at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Register at For more information, call 954.316.9907 or visit
    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.
     The Palm Beach Pops kicks off an abbreviated new season Dec. 14 with a one-night-only show at the Kravis Center featuring the Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing on Jan. 10 at the Boca Raton Community Church and Jan. 11 at the Kravis Center, and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on March 7 at the Boca Raton Community Church and March 8 at the Kravis Center. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. Call 561.832.7677 or visit,, or for more information.  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’s 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.floridajewishjournal.comwww.  and on his website:

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