Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Barry’s Buzz – July 30, 2014

    Legalizing Medical Marijuana is the program at the lunch 11:30 a.m. August 12, featuring Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Amendment 2 in November. RSVP on the site. A recent Quinnipiac poll revealed a vast majority of Floridians (88%), support legalizing medical marijuana.
       Additional information about the retail project being built as the southeast corner of Glades and 441 just west of Wells Fargo is that a European Spa and mattress store will be joining the two restaurants planned with a projected opening in December.

      Boca’s Dog Beach trial program has been a huge success and a $36,000 moneymaker for the city and will continue. 1201 residents at $30, but only 7 non-residents at $165 bought permits (as non- residency rates are outrageous).

      Boca based ADT Chief Executive Naren Gursahaney was appointed to the board of directors of NextEra Energy, the parent of Florida Power & Light.

     Zumiez, an urban skate store, selling urban apparel, hats, skate shoes, skating supplies, skateboards and long boards, is now open in front of the Container store next to Sears at the Town Center Mall, 600 Glades Road.

     Numbers just released showed the results of an online questionnaire of 14,000 people rating companies with the worst customer service, that nine out of the top 10 were operating in South Florida. Leading the pack was AT&T, followed by Comcast, Bank of America, American Airlines, Citibank, Best Buy, Walmart and Time Warner Cable.

      There are 460,000 acres, 36% of land, devoted to agriculture in Palm Beach County and the state has 9 million acres.

     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.

        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.

    Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.

    Watch Barry Epstein live at to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. You can be on too to promote your business and we send a link of your segment to put on your website and send out in emails to prospects and clients for only $100. It also goes out on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube. Call 561.852.0000 for details.  This week’s guests are Palm Beach County judicial candidate Jessica Ticktin, Bruce's of Great Neck in Boca Raton owner Bruce Zipes, Ageless Body Sculpting Plus president Nina Pressman, and Computer Media guru Carey Mason.

   Magic in the Moonlight, Get On Up and Guardians of the Galaxy opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Magic in the Moonlight and I origins opens at the Movies of Delray. A Most Wanted Man, Le Chef and A Hard Days Night opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Magic in the Moonlight and Boyhood opens at the FAU Living Room theatres and the Classic Gateway theatre. Begin Again and Tammy opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac.

      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.
     The free Friday Night Summer Tribute Series is 7:30 pm Fridays at the Mizner Park amphitheater including: 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

    Butterflies are Free, a romantic Comedy is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 1-September 14. Call 954.344.7765 or email for more information or tickets.

    Jan McArt presents a PBS taping of Dunlap and Pennington, 1:30 p.m, Aug. 2 at the Lynn University Wold Theatre of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10, Guild members are free. Call 561.237.9000 or visit for more information.

     Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Association meets 8:30 a.m., August 5th, for an update on Palm Beach County from County Commissioner Steve Abrams and a spotlight on the Boca Raton Historical Society.   (Location change for August) The Train Depot, Count De Hoernle Pavillion, 747 S. Dixie Hwy, Boca Raton 33432.   Open to public.

     Palm Beach County Parks presents On the Roxx, 7 p.m.  August 9 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton, in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 2 ½ miles west of State Road 7 on Glades Road.  Grab your spandex and bust out the hair crimper as South Florida’s On the Roxx pays tribute to the music of the super-tubular 80’s! Patrons are encouraged to rock their favorite 80’s look and get footloose on the dance floor. Gates open at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Food is available for purchase on site. Free admission.

     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Foreign Film Series will screen Academy Award winner Kolya on Tuesday, August 12th 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 Downtown Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton.  Admission to the film is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served.The film series is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your seat: Non-computer users only: Call 561-807-7141. All others please go to the Boca Raton Library's website:, and click on the Events Calendar in the left-hand column.  Click on Friends Foreign Film Series on the August calendar to access the reservation form, and retain your confirmation email.  Enjoy the show!      

    The George Snow Scholarship Fund presents Boca’s Ballroom Battle, 6 p.m. August 16 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real. Tickets start at $150. Tables and sponsorships available. Call 561. 347.6799. Visit for tickets and more information.

     AEG Live presents Slightly Stoopid with opening acts Stephen Marley and G. Love & Special Sauce, 6:30 p.m. August 16, at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton, in the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 2 ½ miles west of State Road 7 on Glades Road.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 advance and $40 day of show. Box office opens at noon. No chairs, strollers, professional recording/camera equipment, coolers/containers/backpacks, food, beverages, pets of any kind (service animals are okay), weapons, umbrellas, musical instruments, fireworks, or illegal substances.

     Contractor Marketing Tools presents the Ultimate South Florida Contractor’s Marketing Conference, August 21 in Boca Raton. Call 561.503.7265 or email to register at for further details. Cost is $69.97.

  What’s New Pussycat, the songs of Burt Bacharach, is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, August 22-September 28. Visit

   The Boca Raton Tribune and Palm Beach State College presents an International Trade Show Sept. 26. Booth space is $250 until Sept. 1 and $350 after Sept. 1. Admission is $20 per person. 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.

      The 16th Annual Lynn University Blue & White Auction will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. Call 561-237-9000 or register online at

     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 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 –  and on his website:

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