Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Barry’s Buzz – August 6, 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.

    Boca Raton based office Depot will close 165 stores this year and a total of 400 through 2016, including two Office Max stores closed recently in Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach.  

   Palm Beach county tourism officials are following Broward County with a major push for gay tourism. Last year tourism grew by 22% with an average salary of $43,000 in the tourism industry.

    Banking on the upbeat recovery in the market, developers have completed or planning nearly 3,000 coastal units in Palm Beach County, a solid 42% increase over last year. For more information, contact Joanne Epstein at 561.945.0000 or visit 

     Construction contacts for the tri county area reached $3.5 billion for the first half of 2014, up $400 million from last year. Residential contracts totaled $2.3 billion, up 23% from last year. Commercial construction hit $1.2 billion, off 9% from last year.     
     Tap 42, a go-to place in Fort Lauderdale for craft beers and burgers, is expanding north to Boca Raton at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle. The new bar and restaurant will open in the former English Tap & Beer Garden, near Rocco's Tacos.

     With three-year contracts up on Sept. 30, Boca officials are conducting collective bargaining sessions with police and firefighters' unions with both unions optimistic they'll reach agreements with the city in time to have new contracts in place.
     The 30,000 sq. ft. Yamato Square shopping center at Lakeridge Blvd. in Boca Raton, anchored by Doris Market, was sold for $6.5 million.

     ZEN offices has leased 12,171 sg. ft. penthouse in the Bank of America building on Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton.
     Dirt Fitness Center opened a 8,000 sq. ft. training facility at 7045 Berracasa Way in Boca Raton.

      Frontier Airlines plans to launch flights from West Palm Beach to Denver, Colo., Trenton, N.J. and Washington Dulles later this year.

     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 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.  

   The Hundred-foot Journey, Into the Storm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All in and Land Ho! opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. The Hundred-foot Journey and Land Ho! opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth, which also opens Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mood Indigo and Land Ho! opens at the FAU Living Room theatres. The Hundred Foot Journey opens at the Classic Gateway theatre. Sex Tape, Jersey Boys and How to Train Your Dragon 2, 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 Aug. 8 featuring Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute band at the Mizner Park amphitheater. Visit

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

     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 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.

     JARC is sponsoring a VIP screening fundraiser movie, Gabrielle, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the FAU Living Room Theatres, 777 Glades Road. Tickets are $36, including movie, beverage ticket, appetizers and a JARC donation. Contact or call 561.558.2572.

    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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