Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 19, 2015

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              U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch is holding town hall meetings Aug. 19 to update constituents on what’s been going on in Washington and answer questions on foreign and domestic policy, 2:15 to 3:30 at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center, 7091 W. Atlantic Ave., 4 to 5:30 p.m. Century Village East Clubhouse Party Room, 2400 Century Blvd. Deerfield Beach and 7 to 8:20 pm, Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 N. University Drive, Coral Springs.

    Amid blistering attacks on the Florida Supreme Court and the state Senate, the Florida House passed a congressional redistricting map Tuesday. The new map affects all of Florida’s 27 congressional districts to some extent, though some districts will be less recognizable than others. In South Florida, districts 21 and 22 previously ran parallel to each other vertically along the eastern side of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Now, the districts will be stacked one on top of the other, with one in Palm Beach County and one in Broward County and southeast Palm Beach County.

    Getting to Interstate 95 from Glades Road will be a little tricky over the next two nights. The entrance ramp to southbound I-95 for drivers heading west on Glades may be closed from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, and from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Drivers will have to make a U-turn just west of I-95 on Glades to get to another I-95 entrance ramp on Glades. The Florida Department of Transportation is putting in an anti-skid overlay on the ramp, which has had issues with vehicles sliding off the ramp and crashing during rainy weather.

      Boca Festivals Days continue through August, pairing local nonprofits with profits to raise awareness and money. Here’s the events from Aug. 19 to 22; tickets at each charity’s website: JA Light up the Night, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 19, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar, 2240 NW 19th St., for Junior Achievement, $35/$50 or VIP $125/$150.  Battle of the Bartenders, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, 980 N. Federal Highway, for Best Foot Forward, $25/$30, Boca PAL’s Crime Scene Challenge, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 21, Whole Foods, 1400 Glades Road, for Police Athletic League, $50, Wine & All That Jazz, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 22, Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, for Boca Chamber, $75 or VIP $120.

     The Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, originally built in 1986 adjacent to the Town Center Mall is nearing completion of a multimillion-dollar makeover, investing more than $7.2 million to replace furnishings in the hotel’s 256 guest rooms and meeting space and also to upgrade room corridors.

     Boca Raton’s popular El Rio Trail reopened on Monday after being closed for months to make way for construction of the new Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard. A portion of the biking and walking trail was closed in March between the Tri-Rail station on Yamato Road and Spanish River Boulevard. The trail is regularly used by Florida Atlantic University students, who rely on the trail to travel between the Tri-Rail station and the FAU campus. Now, a majority of the T-Rex Trail will close for about six months as crews work on building two new overpasses that will take Spanish River Boulevard over I-95. The trail will close between the Tri-Rail station and Spanish River beginning Aug. 24. Cyclists and walkers will have to take Technology Way during the trail’s closure. The trail leads to the Countess de Hoernle Park and the Spanish River Library.   

      Palm Beach County’s first Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has opened for business in Boca Raton at 20642 State Road 7, within Shadowood Square.

     West Boca Medical Center completed renovations of its 32 patient-room Birth Care Pavilion, with a labor and delivery unit, post-partum unit, newborn nursery and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. See

     Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a new Continuing Care Retirement Community being built on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus west of Boca Raton, and is a $250 million state-of-the-art project, featuring 237 independent luxury units tailored toward the active senior population of South Florida, as well as suites for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care, is more than 70 percent complete in construction and anticipates welcoming its first residents in mid-January of 2016. All of Sinai Residences’ independent living apartments are fully reserved and a waiting list has begun, while there are still spots available in the other care levels.    

     At the recent JCC Maccabi Games in Milwaukee, the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center team from Boca Raton was successful both on and off the courts and fields. Levis JCC (Team Boca) teams won seven medals (five gold for first, one silver for second and one bronze for third) and individual athletes won 23 medals (15 gold, six silver and two bronze).

     Rabbi Janie Grackin, renowned storyteller and community educator has joined Temple Beth Shira in Boca Raton as its new spiritual leader. Grackin’s first service as the temple’s new rabbi will take place on Aug. 21.

     DKJA was honored by being named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey — the global educational company based in Salt Lake City that runs the Leader in Me program internationally. There are about 2,100 Leader in Me schools worldwide, but only 152 have reached the coveted Lighthouse School designation (including 72 Leader in Me and 10 Lighthouse schools in Florida). When it became a Lighthouse school, DKJA became only the third K-12 school in the world so honored, as well as the first Jewish day school ever selected.

     New app-based service offers free, unlimited delivery of food right to your door for a $99 a year. Shipt now delivering Publix groceries in South Florida.

     Palm Beach County is backtracking from new vehicle-for-hire rules to avoid losing Uber, the popular car service alternative to taxis, agreeing to drop its proposed changes and even consider easing driver background checks for taxis and limos. Uber will keep operating at least through September.

     Palm Beach County’s deal for a $135 million spring training baseball stadium finally crossed home plate Tuesday. The County Commission gave final approval to building a stadium in West Palm Beach that would become the spring training home for the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The teams are aiming to have the stadium ready for play in 2017. The approval came one day after the city signed off on the deal, which was more than a year in the making

          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.

     No Escape, Hitman: Agent 47, American Ultra, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Sinister 2 opens at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Diary of a Teenage Girl opens at the FAU Living Room theatres and at the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth, which also opens Little England and Marshland, which opens at Movies of Delray with She’s Funny That Way. Diary of a Teenage Girl opens at the Classic Gateway. Ricki and the Flash and Antman 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

     “Peter Pan” is at The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton to Aug. 23. Visit or 561-995-2333.

      The Levis JCC Basketball Courts will be closed on the following dates: August 14-21 for painting and September 25-30 for resurfacing the floor.

        2016 INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING. THE TRIP THAT CHANGES LIVES, FOREVER! OFFERING STUDENT BUS & ADULT BUS OPPORTUNITIES (Student Bus Dates: May 1-15, 2016) (Adult Bus Dates: May 2-16, 2016) DON’T WAIT… Space is Limited Current High School Juniors, Seniors and Adults are eligible to apply. INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & ADULTS Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Room 130 in the Donna Klein Jewish Academy High School Building on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428. Kindly RSVP by emailing or by phone at 561.852.6013. Jack Rosenbaum, Director, March of the Living Southern Region, USA.

    A kinder and gentler “Thumbelina” comes to the Sol Children Theatre Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 with a cast of 14 actors. “Thumbelina” is at Sol Children Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, in Boca Raton. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 for age 11 and younger at or call 561-447-8829.

      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.

     Women’s Equality Day is 2-4 pm Aug. 29 free at the Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton. Ads and table Sponsorships are available. Contact or call 561.309.1772.

          The Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meets 8:30 am Sept. 1 at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. (next to City Hall). Public welcome, featuring presentation by Hillstone/Houston’s on the Wildflower property. Community Spotlight on the Boca Downtowner.    

         The Broward Stage Door Theatre at 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, has announced their 22cnd Anniversary Season; 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

     B & P Business & Professional Division has a Networking Happy Hour, 6 pm, Sept. 9 at Max’s Social House (SoHo), 116 NW 6th Ave. Delray Beach, Fl. Cocktails & Light hors d’oeuvres. $25 per person. Register at, or call 561.852.3128 or email

     Female business leaders will gather Sept. 18 in Boca Raton for the third annual “Extraordinary Women Leading Change” Leadership conference. Panelists include Giselle Cheminand, president and chief executive officer of GCI Worldwide Corp in Fort Lauderdale; Margaret Callihan, chairman, president and CEO, SunTrust Bank, South Florida; Pamela Rauch, vice president of development and external affairs, Florida Power & Light Co; Mary Jo Eaton, executive managing director, Florida CBRE; and Laurie Sallarulo, CEO, Junior Achievement of South Florida. The conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real. Breakfast and networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $400 for members of the Commonwealth Institute of South Florida and $450 for non-members. The conference is sponsored by executive coaching firm GCI Worldwide. For more information, go to

     The Compassionate Friends Boca Raton Chapter, an organization dedicated to the healing of bereaved parents is having a fundraising drawing 7 p.m. Oct. 9, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 W. Palmetto Park Road. Donation is $3 each or $20 for a book of 10. Call 561.302.7790 or 561.901.0483 for more info.

     Lynn University’s 17th Annual Blue & White Auction is 7:30 pm Oct. 16 at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center to benefit Lynn’s athletic programs. Through Oct. 11, pre-registration is available for $40 per person. After that date, tickets will only be available for purchase at the door for $50 per person. Call +1 561-237-9000 or register online at

          Save the Date: Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, Nov. 6, Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring Rebecca Taylor and fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue. For tickets and more information, call. 561.620.2553 or visit

     Save the Date: Third Annual Hope Bash Boca “Wish Upon a Star” benefitting Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Ringer Campus, Nov. 13, 2015 at Boca West Country Club.

     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


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

     Save the date: Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center presents Shine Like A Star Luncheon to benefit Levis JCC’s Helene & Roy Schwedelson Special Needs Programs, 11 a.m., April 13, 2016 at Boca West Country Club, featuring Keynote Speaker Jacqueline Laurita from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, chaired by Elyssa Kupperberg, Judy Levis Markhoff and Marisa Baker. For Sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Bergman at 561.852.3253 or email: For more information, call Marianne Jacobs at 561.852.3256 or email:

      South Florida Business Journal, Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post contributed to this 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.  Read his blog on www.barry’ His blog is also on, and on his website:

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