Published On: Wed, Aug 26th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 26,

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       ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement from October 6 – 18, 2015.  Tickets for ONCE will be available on August 28, 2015 and can be purchased by visiting or by phone 954-462-0222.

      The West Boca Publix in Loggers Run had the only $10 million lotto winner Saturday. The winner has not come forward yet.

     Despite other cities re-upping their red-light camera program for drivers, don’t look for that to happen in Boca Raton any time soon, but when will the city issue refunds to those who paid tickets after the program was terminated?

     The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club Sept. 9 luncheon at City Fish Market features a program on Human Trafficking. RSVP at

     Changes in bus routes to help get Palm Beach County students to school on time are underway. More than three quarters, or 76 percent, of the district’s buses dropped off students at school on time Monday, a slight increase from Friday, when 74 percent of buses reportedly arrived on time. Still, even more adjustments are coming: New bus routes will be rolled out all this week, and 12 new bus drivers are expected to join the district by Tuesday. A team worked all weekend to sort out changes to bus routes by hand, she said. Parents will be told if and when changes are made to their child’s bus route.

     The Boca Raton airport has a new “flying B” logo and will move to a new administration building the week of Oct.5. They will discuss adding “International” to the name after customs goes in.

    Getting to Palm Beach International Airport late at night or early in the morning will require taking a detour over the next week. The Florida Department of Transportation is closing the Interstate 95 exits to the airport for several nights as maintenance work is done on the overpass leading to the airport. Both northbound and southbound I-95 exit ramps will close overnight from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday; from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday; and from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. Traffic will have to exit at Belvedere Road to get to the airport. In addition, the northbound I-95 entrance ramp from the airport will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Sept. 1. Traffic will have to take the I-95 northbound entrance ramp from Belvedere Road.

    Uber’s smartphone app schedules rides and, apparently, inspires thank-you notes. Hundreds of form letter thank-you’s from Uber riders have flooded the email inboxes of Palm Beach County commissioners. The wave of Uber gratitude comes after the County Commission last week agreed to scrap proposed vehicle-for-hire regulations.

     Palm Beach County’s top business development leader is worried that Florida is running out of money to keep or woo employers. Kelly Smallridge, president of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, said it a week after Gov. Rick Scott warned that Florida’s incentive pool for luring businesses is nearly depleted, saying the county will have a hard time landing large projects without state incentives to match money from the local level.

     Here’s the final week’s events for Boca Festival days; tickets are available at each charity’s website. Lip Sync Battle, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 26, Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road, for Nat King Cole Generation Hope, $25 or $35 at door; Corks & Canvas, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999 E. Camino Real, for Twin Palms Center for the Disabled, $60 or $75 at door; Winner’s Circle, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 27, Sports Immortals, 6830 N. Federal Highway, for Alzheimers Association, $25. Boca’s Ballroom Battle, 6-9:30 p.m. with after-party Aug. 28, Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, for George Snow Scholarship Fund, tickets start at $175; Bowling for Bread, 2-5 p.m. Aug. 30, Strikes @ Boca, 21046 Commercial Trail, for Boca Helping Hands, $200 or sponsor a child $50; Zinburger Bash for the Red Cross, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 31, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, for American Red Cross, $15.

     Rabbi Rael Blumenthal, 28, has joined Boca Raton Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Boca Raton.

     Temple Beth Shira offers free memberships to new/returning members buying High Holiday tickets. The plan Beth Shira’s leaders came up with is to provide a complimentary one-year membership with High Holiday tickets, as well as making a significant reduction in membership dues for existing members by adding a partial voluntary dues structure. This offer also applies to former Beth Shira members looking to come back.

     JARC Florida developmentally disabled clients received free dental care by Advanced Dentistry in Delray Beach. See Dr. Staller is also the team dentist for FAU athletes providing their dental care free of charge.

     Palm Beach SCORE, a nonprofit organization that educates entrepreneurs and helps small businesses get starter, has received a $2,500 grant from Bank of America to pay for financial education and business training, resulting in more than 500 jobs. For more information, visit

     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 (opens Wednesday), Unsullied, War Room and We Are Your Friends opens at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres.  Listen To Me Marlon opens at the FAU Living Room theatres and at the Movies of Delray which also opens Famous Nathan. No Escape opens at the Classic Gateway. Southpaw and Vacation 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

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

     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

      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

     It Takes Two, aka Zella and Phil, the ultimate entertainers, will be performing at the Sunday Matinee Music Series concert, Sept. 20, 3-4pm, at the Boca Raton Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave (Boca Raton Blvd), Boca Raton.  This concert, first of the 2015-16 season, is sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and is open to the public, free admission. Register at to reserve your seat.  Call (561) 544-8576 for information. 

     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.

“Under the Lights Antique and Classic Car Show”, featuring DJ Rockin Rich; Gourmet Food Truck Expo; Judged Car show with trophies awarded in numerous categories; Silent Auction Baskets including 7 day cruises, Disney World Park Hoppers, Hotel Get-a-ways, etc.; $500 Cash Raffle Prizes; 50/50, Plus much more, October 9, 7 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Proceeds to benefit The Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton, A support group for bereaved parents. Please call 561-368-0324 for more details or to register a car.

     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

       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. The host committee for the gala presented in the tradition set by the iconic cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach where Mayors Balls have long been coveted celebratory ‘must go’ annual events includes: Helen Babione; Patricia Carpenter; John Crean; Mary Csar; Jamie Danburg; Jerry Fedele; Andrea Garcia; June Gelb; Glenn Gromann, Esq.; Florida State Representative Bill Hager; Rick Hayduk; Arlene Herson; Gloria Hosh; Bonnie S. Kaye; Dr. John Kelly; Karen Krumholtz; Christine E. Lynn; Debbie Leising; John Mulhall, Esq.; Troy McLellan; Bonnie Miskel, Esq.; Randy Nobles; Richard Pollack; Douglas Rolfe, DDS; Jan Savarick; Steve Schmidt; Coach Howard Schnellenberger; Tim Snow; Pat Thomas; Bob Tucker and Pamela Weinroth. For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities as well as ticket reservations, visit or contact Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email

      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

    DEFIANT REQUIEM “DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezin fought back… with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates held onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors. Meet Maestro Murry Sidlin the star and creative force behind the film. The maestro will speak and field questions at the conclusion of each film screening. A musical Donor Reception commemorating Kristallnacht and honoring survivors as well as long term supporters Cantor Ann and Byron Turnoff will take place between the early and late showings.* SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, SCREENINGS: 1:30 P.M. AND 6:00 P.M. Zinman Hall on the Richard and Carol Siemens Jewish Campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton. Tickets available on-line at Just click the KFF tab.For tickets and more information, call 561.852.3126 or email Tickets are a $10 donation each or a $8 donation with valid student ID. $18 at the door. *Donors of $180 or more get 2 tickets to the film and are invited to the private Kristallnacht Donor Reception.

     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

     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).

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Club entertainment series at Spanish River High School Theatre, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, featuring Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley with Stewie Stone, 7:30 pm, Jan 14; Hal Linden with Freddie Roman, 7:30 pm Jan. 28; Clint Holmes with Dick Capri, 7:30 pm Feb. 18 and Tony Orlando in Concert, 3 pm, March 6. All 4 shows; $150, individual show: $45. For more information and tickets, call Arlene Herson, 561.997.6711.

     Save the Date: Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen Rock n Roll Tribute Concert, Jan. 23 at Spanish River High School Theatre, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

     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.

     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.




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