Published On: Thu, May 13th, 2010

Boca Bits by Barry Epstein

- Local Boca Raton Republicans hosted a breakfast for Attorney General Bill McCollum at the Griddle this morning 475 Spanish River Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

- The West Boca library on Glades and 95th reopens Friday, May 21 with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m.

- Congressman Ted Deutch will be sworn in at 9:30 a.m. on Monday May 24 at the South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Blvd. Delray Beach.

- Boca Raton attorney Alan Kauffman will be hosting a fundraiser for McCullum on June 29 at Woodfield Country Club.

- Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson reports that construction of the missing link of Lyons Road, north of Atlantic Ave. should start next February and that he will be writing a letter on behalf of the County Commission to the State education department objecting to the scheduling of FCAT testing on the first day of Passover.

- A plethora of Who’s Who of Palm Beach county democrats turned out for the campaign kickoff of State Representative Maria Sach’s bid for State Senate, the seat formerly occupied by now Congressman Ted Deutch, and was introduced by Deutch aide Wendi Lipsich and Aaronson. Elected and would-be elected politicians mingled with the party club chiefs and volunteers in the crowd, munching on deli that is a requirement at any Democratic function. Sachs posed for photos and pledged to be a “woman with a message” in Tallahassee. She is using the former campaign office of Aaronson in the Kings Point shopping center on Atlantic Avenue and Jog Road in Delray Beach.

- Governor Charlie Crist has carved out an unique position for his independent campaign for U.S. Senate, positioning himself between the left and the right factions of the Democrat and Republican parties. Polls seem to vindicate that choice with those asked indicating dissatisfaction with the current status quo. There is still a long time between now and November for things to change or continue to strengthen his decision to bolt the Republican primary and run as an independent. Polls show that Congressman Kendrick Meek is still unknown to a majority of the Democrats in the state. Kendrick Meek holds his campaign kick off Friday May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the South County Civic Center on Jog Road in Delray Beach.

- Crist also signed the compact with the Seminole Indians at the Hard Rock Hotel Council Oak Tree last week in Hollywood. You can see him and other guests including Palm Beach Post political reporter George Bennett and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy at www.wrpbitv.com and click on demand Barry Epstein 05.07.10. A new show featuring political activist Andre Fladell, Commissioner Burt Aaronson, State Rep. Maria Sachs, Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson, Palm Beach Post gossip columnist Jose Lambiet and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingsley Guy can be seen starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.on the site.

- Amtrak officials ran a test train on the FEC tracks, leading to the possibility of moving them from the CSX tracks next to I-95. Tri-Rail should be operated on the FEC tracks too, through the downtowns on the East coast, instead of further out west, where there is difficult feeder access to the downtown areas.

- Palm Beach County icon Burt Reynolds will be in an upcoming episode of Burn Notice, filmed in Miami.

- Zachary Winograd, 13 year old 8th grade Boy Scout, working on his Eagle Scout badge, will inform the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Wal-Mart at 441 and Hillsboro Blvd on May 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Bruce and Roxanne Rosetto are hosting a re-election campaign fundraiser for County Commissioner Steve Abrams at their Boca Raton home June 3.

-  The next network of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ace Hardware on the northwest corner of 441 and Yamato Road in West Boca. Details are at www.westbocachamber.com.

- Palm Beach County Economic Council Chair Laurie Silvers was the guest speaker at the West Boca Chamber breakfast on May 11.

- The block buster summer season got underway with the opening of Ironman2 last weekend. Look for a number of big budget movies coming out in the next few months.

- Look for new FAU president Dr. Mary Jane Saunders to start her new position during the summer.

- Hope all the mothers out there enjoyed their special day with their families and loved ones.