Published On: Wed, Jul 15th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – July 15, 2015

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Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – July 15, 2015            

       R.I.P. My dear friend David Weir, host of the South Florida Business Report on WPEC.COM, CBS News 12 ,passed away Monday evening. He will be greatly missed by many. I will be on a special tribute to him on Saturday, July 18 at noon on WPEC CBS 12 (Comcast Channel 9).  A memorial service is being planned by the station next week.

    Dini Heizer is the new president of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton West, a largely Brazilian group chartered in 2009 and founded in part by her husband Doug Heizer, and gave acceptance speech in Portuguese, translated by her daughter Gabby.

      Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will be the speaker at the next Gold Coast Tiger Bay luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at City Fish Market, Glades Road and the Turnpike. RSVP at

     Rabbi Josh Broide of Boca Raton and Rabbi Daniel Hadar of Miami Beach were the two rabbis from South Florida who were named to this year’s third annual list of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis/33 Men and Women Who Move Us published by the Jewish Daily Forward, a New York-based national newspaper. Broide is the founder and director of the Boca Raton Jewish Experience, the director of community engagement for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton and the outreach rabbi for Boca Raton Synagogue.   

     School libraries are increasingly shutting their doors and turning into testing hubs while their books sit idle on the shelves. Of the public school media centers that reported their closures in Palm Beach County, 39 were shuttered for 40 days or more, records show. One school library was closed for 125 of the 180 days of the year. School officials attribute most of the closures to state and district testing, though some libraries also close for faculty meetings, special events or voting. Most schools have no space to test large groups of kids and are forced to use the media center. Search your school library to see how many days it was closed.

     In a related story, parents and educators have spent the last year griping that the state’s testing mandates eat into teaching time and the startling conclusion: 91 days of the 180 days in the school year were dedicated in part or in full to state standardized tests and district-required exams. It does not include chapter or unit tests written by teachers.

     Not only the Super-Rich need to protect their money from Litigation. Attorney Josh Bennett wrote the Ultimate Guide to Asset Preservation. Get it on

     Crustaceans are still on the menu but Palm Beach County Republicans hope they can now avoid indigestion-induced controversy. The planned August appearance by Geert Wilders – popular in some circles, notorious in others for his dire view of the threat from militant Islamic terrorism – has been indefinitely postponed. Instead, the annual summertime Lobsterfest will focus on Florida politics. The reconfigured event will feature the Republican candidates for their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate: U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach and Jeff Miller of Chumuckla, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and entrepreneur Todd Wilcox of Orlando. The reconfigured event is Aug. 13 at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.

      Tap 42 opened at Shops of Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Road, Kendra Scott opened in Mizner Park and Computer Design and service moved to 9045 La Fontana Blvd. Suite 119.

   A new concourse opened Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the first in more than a decade. The last concourse to open at the airport was Concourse B in Terminal 1 in 2003. Terminal 4 opened in 1986 and had been considered the most outdated of the airport’s four terminals.

     The Blue Horizon casino boat is set to cast off Friday from Port of Palm Beach. The renovated Island Breeze II boat will offer two sailings most days with departures at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and some extended weekend hours for evening cruises, except not on Mondays and will sail only once on Sundays for an extended brunch cruise from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, go to

    Taxpayers may not know part of their bill goes to the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. But it does, but commissioners will wait until its meeting at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 to decide on their millage rate, which is based on a property’s assessed value.

     Boca Raton based company sends their Online Dating Gurus to meet with you face-to-face to set up or tweak your existing online dating profiles. Your Guru writes an accurate and effective custom profile for you, selects your best photos, and teaches you the skills and strategies you need to finally have all the success you ever wanted with online dating. Mention Promo Code: BT1501 to save 15%. Visit them on the web: or call/text (561) 510-0105.

    Looking to be inspired? Get an exclusive Better Your Life offer.  Spend $10 on 12 Issues of Forbes Magazine and your company name, website or favorite charity will be broadcast on the Money Channel. Click in the link below to get this special offer:

        Boca Leaders East meets every Wednesday, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Corner Bakery Café, 2240 NW 19th St. #800 in the Boca Glades Plaza, just west of I-95. No dues, no fees, no mandatory meetings, just pay for your own breakfast. Bring business cards and friends.

      Watch Barry Epstein live at to win free tickets to the Cinemark Theatres. This week’s guests are Boca Clinic for Integrative Medicine Chiropractic physician partner Dr. Robert Klein and Your Office On Call owner Rose Lawless. 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. It also goes out on Vimeo, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube. Taping is 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Call 561.852.0000. is the best networking group in the area and meets at City Fish Market, Glades and the turnpike on the first and third Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Next meeting is July 15. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.

          Boca Leaders West meets every Thursday 7:45 a.m. at First Watch in Mission Bay Plaza, 441, just north of Glades Road. No dues, no fees, no mandatory meetings, just pay for your own breakfast. Bring business cards and friends.

     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 2nd annual Boca Black Film Festival is at the Embassy Suites Boca Raton, July 16th-18th. As one of Florida’s only festivals dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking for black content makers, the BBFF organization strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that is uniquely black American. For more info please visit

     Ant-Man and Trainwreck opens at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Mr. Holmes and Lila & Eve opens at the FAU Living Room theatres.  Mr Holmes and free screenings of Nicky’s family opens at the Movies of Delray. Mr. Holmes and Trainwreck opens at the Movies of Lake Worth and the Classic Gateway. Inside Out and Max opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Read movie capsules at

     The Movies of Delray and The Movies of Lake Worth will be showing The Met Opera Live, simulcast from The Met Opera, and the Encore for the 2014-2015 season. In HD with Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound on new wider screens and new high back seats with more leg room.  Tickets are $19.00 and reserved seats are available.  Tickets are available online and at the box office. Visit and

     Snow Day in July, a shopping event to benefit Boca’s Ballroom Battle is 10 am-9 pm July 24 at Bloomingdales in Town Center. Call 561.394.2228 for info.

       Time to “Rock the Shipyard” and celebrate the new team in town—the Boca Raton Football (Soccer) Club.  They are the 2015 American Premier Soccer League regular season Champions and they will be hosting a semi-final championship match at The Shipyard (Boca Raton High School at 1501 Northwest 15th Court) on July 25. The Club will face the winner of the Miami Dade FC/Alianza Miami quarterfinals game. Gates open 7pm, game time 8pm.  Food and drink available for purchase.  To purchase tickets, go to or contact Boca Raton Football Club.

          The B&P Professional Division hosts a Networking Happy Hour, 6 p.m. July 28 at NY Prime, 2350 Exec. Cntr. Dr. $25 per person. For more info, contact 561.852.3128 or RSVP at

     The Broward Stage Door Theatre at 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, has announced their 22cnd Anniversary Season; Harvey, July 31- Sept. 6; The Fantasticks, Sept. 4- Oct. 11; Promises, Promises, Sept. 25 – Nov. 1; Dial “M” for Murder, Oct. 30 – Dec. 6; Gypsy, Nov. 20 – Jan. 3, 2016; Pompadour, Dec. 26, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016; Carnival, Jan. 22, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2016; What’s New Pussycat?, Feb. 19, 2016 – March 27, 2016; Sunset Blvd., March 18 – April 24, 2016; Same Time, Next Year, April 15, 2016 – May 22, 2016; Putting it Together, May 13, 2016 – June 19, 2016; A Night in Motown, June 10, 2016, July 17, 2016; Present Laughter, July 8, 2016 – Aug. 14, 2016. Get tickets at 954.344.7765, or visit

     The Fifth Annual White Coats-4-Care Reception, presented and co-chaired by Bonnie and Jon Kaye, Kaye Communications, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. August 3 at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, Atlantic Ballroom 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Call 561.297.2097 or email

     The Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meets 8:30 a.m., August 4th with Commissioner Steven Abrams providing an update on Palm Beach County and Todd Bonlarron, Director of Legislative Affairs, Palm Beach County providing a report from the Legislative Session. Note summer location change to the Historic Train Depot, 747 South Dixie Hwy , Boca Raton, FL.

      Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will be the speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at City Fish Market, Glades Road and the Turnpike. RSVP at

      The GEO Group Foundation, Inc. presents Boca’s Ballroom Battle benefitting the George Snow Scholarship Fund is 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For more information call 561-347-6799 or visit Other sponsorship opportunities available too.

     The Inaugural black tie Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball presented by the Rotary Club Downtown will present the “George Long Awards” named for the city’s first appointed mayor in 1924, and will be presented to both an individual and an organization who embody the tradition of bringing big visionary ideas to Boca Raton, Oct. 17 at Broken Sound Club. For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities as well as ticket reservations, visit or contact Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email

     Save the Date: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will speak Dec. 2 at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leadership Gifts Event. For more information, Call Ida Novack at 561.852.3342. Sponsorship opportunities available.

     Save the Date: JARC Golf Tournament, Dec. 7. 2015 at St. Andrews Country Club. Continental breakfast & Lunch. Limited to 100 players. Individual and foursomes welcome. Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact or call 561.558.2572 for information.

     Kravis on Broadway Announces 2015-2016 Series Packed with Broadway Hits & Kravis Center Debuts: BLUE MAN GROUP (December 8-13, 2015); 42nd STREET (January 5-10, 2016); MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (February 9-14, 2016); MATILDA THE MUSICAL (March 1-6, 2016); Woody Allen’s BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (March 22-27, 2016); THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY THE MUSICAL (April 26 – May 1, 2016). Subscribers for the Kravis on Broadway series will receive their renewals in mid-March. Kravis Center donors will receive information on becoming a Kravis on Broadway subscriber for the 2015-2016 series in mid-May. For more information about becoming a donor, log on to, or call (561) 651-4320. Subscriptions for all six Kravis on Broadway productions are $180 to $499 and will go on sale to the general public midsummer. For information about purchasing a subscription to Kravis on Broadway, contact the Kravis Center box office at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471, or log on to

     The Boca Raton Bowl will be at the Howard Schnellenberger Field on the FAU Stadium 7 p.m. Dec. 22 with teams from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the American Athletic Conference (as opposed to Conference USA).

     The 10th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz, will be celebrating a decade of philanthropy February 19-21, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton.  This year the Concours will feature the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Grand Classic® and showcase Packard as the marque, along with presenting two Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to event founders Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and Steve Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, renowned comedian, actor, television host and car collector Jay Leno will perform on Saturday, February 20th at the Gala Dinner & Show and will also appear as a celebrity judge on the showfield Sunday, February 21st for the main event at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

     Melissa Rivers will be the speaker at the Jewish Family Services Reflections of Hope Luncheon, Feb. 25, 2016. Visit or call 561.852.3333.

            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.  Read his blog on www.barry’ His blog is also on, and on his website:


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