Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Barry's Buzz - July 2, 2014

Keyes Real Estate president Mike Pappas speaks at lunch 11:30 a.m. July 8 and Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program August 12. RSVP on the site.
     The new Trader Joe’s in Boca may not open as scheduled on Friday Sept. 26, as the city wants underground power lines, which will reduce parking.
   Federal District Judge Paul Crotty reversed his previous finding ordering Boca resident Ross Mandell to prison on June 13, 2014, after reviewing the record, & determining Mandell should remain free on Bail until his appellate remedies are fully litigated.  On June 18, 2014, a second circuit blog written and published by Edward S. Zas, of the Federal Public Defenders office, revealed serious legal errors in the Appellate panel’s decision that denied Mandell’s appeal brief, that in fact supported Mandell’s position for retrial or dismissal of the case entirely. The link to the second circuit blog released on June 18, 2014 revealing the errors in Mandell’s case is at
   On June 18, 2014, this column mistakenly referenced an ongoing federal regulatory investigation of Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies, and erroneously stated that one of the principals of the company served a prison term for Medicare fraud. These were incorrect statements, which were found to be false, but based on incorrect reporting from another news outlet, and are being retracted. A recent federal civil suit filed against Med-Care was dismissed this past week as baseless.
    Seventy-five new townhouses could go up soon on the northeast corner of Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard.Spanish River Townhomes’ 5.9 acre site at 4202 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton was rezoned from commercial to multi-family residential, and the master and site plans were among items unanimously approved by the city’s Planning & Zoning Board at the June 19 meeting. The recommendations go to the City Council, on summer break until July 22. The houses will cost from $400,000 to $600,000, and back up on Palm Beach County’s Pond Hawk Nature Preserve on one side. The proposed complex will sit across the street from Pope John Paul II High School, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School and the city’s newest park, de Hoernle/Spanish River Athletic Facility. The Spanish River Library is next door.
    West Boca Medical Center has started making $2 million in complete renovations to the hospital’s maternity suites and is offering a trio of classes for new mothers, whether they’re patients or not.
    Banks are using less of their assets for mortgage loans, previously using 36% before the real estate bust. Now it has fallen to 18% last year.
    Palm Beach County home sales for May hit 1640 closings, up 11% from the previous year, 758 were cash deals. Sales of condos and townhouses for May reached 1480, up 9% from the previous May, with a median price of $135,000, a five year high, 244 deals were short sales or foreclosures. First time home buyers are having a tough time increased prices, lack of affordable inventory and tight mortgage requirements.
    Florida receives $100 of every red light $158 fine, $45 goes to local municipalities and $13 goes to a medical trust fund. The state pocketed $53 million in fines last year.
   Pure Barre, 9834 Glades Road, opened in the Westwinds of Boca shopping center, at the southwest corner of 441 and Glades Road, offering 55 minute ballet barre workouts, blending elements of dance, Pilates and yoga for body conditioning.
   Slow Burn Theatre’s award winning company’s production of High Fidelity runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2pm through June 29. Buy tickets online at or call 866.811.4111. For more information, call 954.323.7884. 
    Arts Garage production of Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash tribute musical, runs through July 13 at 180 NE 1st St. Delray Beach. Email or call 561.450.6537.    
     On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s runs to 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. 
     Avenue Q runs 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 Life is at the Delray Square Performing Arts Center, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach through July 27. Call (561) 880-0319 or visit www.delraysquarearts.comfor 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.
     Begin Again, Tammy, Earth to Echo, America and Deliver Us from Evil opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. The Grand Seduction and Third Person opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Movies of Delray and Lake Worth which also opens Tammy. X-Men: Edge of Tomorrow and Ida opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Tammy and Third Person opens at the Classic Gateway theatre in Fort Lauderdale. 
     The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: 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. 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.     
   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. 
   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. In the city, shuttle buses will start running at 5:30 p.m. July 4, between all parking at the Boca Corporate Center and Countess de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Athletic Facility on Spanish River Boulevard just east of Military Trail. Family activities, including a full-size Ferris wheel, obstacle courses and sports activities will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the city, and the All-Star Band will start playing 1960s and ’70s music at 7 p.m. Both shows are shot over a lake. The city show is 21 minutes and the West Boca show is 10-12 minutes. Food is available at both venues and coolers are allowed, but no pets, except service animals.
    The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series will screen Academy Award Winner Tsotsi on Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the new Downtown Library.  The film will be followed by a discussion led by the Library’s Neil Schulhoff. The new Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton.  Admission to the film is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. The foreign film series is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, please go to the Boca Raton Library website, and click on the Events Calendar in the left-hand column.  Click on Friends Foreign Film Series on the July calendar reservation form.
    The Palm Beach Pops final two Summer Rocks Mini-Concerts for children will be July 11, 9 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center East, 200 N.E. 14th St. and 10:30 a.m. at Florence Fuller Child Development Center West, 10130 185th St. South Boca Raton, featuring a dozen professional musicians from the Palm Beach Pops. For more information, visit or call 561.832.7677.
The Delray Beach Playhouse Children’s Theatre, 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach, presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr., a fast-paced stage adaptation of the timeless film, on Saturday, July 12 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, Sunday, July 13 at 4:00pm and Saturday, July 19 at 4:00pm with a cast of nearly 30 talented young actors ranging in age from 6 – 16 from all over Palm Beach County.  To reserve tickets to the show, 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 18 and younger, Day-of-Show Tickets are $18 for Adults and $15 for Children.    
     Business & Professionals Networking Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Business & Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is Tuesday, July 15, 2014   6:00 pm at New York Prime, 2350 Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton. Cost is $25 per person which includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, dietary laws observed. B&P is redefining business networking by making connections among a diverse, growing group of professionals and entrepreneurs that help build businesses as well as our community. To RSVP or for more information,, call 561-852-3128 or email
     Young Adults Wandering Happy Hour (Sponsored by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) is July 24, at 5:45-8:00 p.m. at Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Cost is $8 per person for pre-registration (includes a drink), $10 at the door (includes a drink). Spend an evening with young Jewish locals in their 20s to early 40s who enjoy the best in happy hour venues and company, and connecting with the community. RSVP more information, call 561.852.3165 or
     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,
    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 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 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 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 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 For more information, call 954.316.9907 or
    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 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 www.kravis.orgfor 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 Marci Shatzman, Tribune Company and 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 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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