Published On: Wed, Sep 2nd, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Sept. 2, 2015

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Lynn University director of American Studies, Professor Dr. Robert Watson has scheduled three programs at area libraries in September: “Uncovering History”, 2 p.m., Sept. 2 at the West Boca Branch Library (18685 State Road 7) Boca Raton; “Book Talk” with Alex and Robert Watson, 3 p.m., Sept. 18, also at the West Boca branch and “Dysfunctional Politics’, (first in a 3-part series), 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St. WPB.

     The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club Sept. 9 luncheon at City Fish Market features a program on Human Trafficking. RSVP at 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 Sept. 2. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.

     Glenn Viers, the vice president of the Hillstone Restaurant Group detailed the company’s proposal to open a waterfront restaurant in downtown Boca Raton, and also addressed concerns about limited parking and the lack of a boat dock. Under the proposal, the company would pay the city $500,000 per year in rent and a percentage rent of 5 percent of sales over $10 million, for a 20-year term with a series of five-year options.

      Boca Raton will embark on its most extensive traffic study in recent memory. Consulting firm Calvin, Giordano & Associates Inc. will have 90 days to complete the $50,000 study, which will focus on remedying traffic tie-ups at Palmetto Park Road and NE/SE Fifth Avenue. The firm will make recommendations about the intersection, which is adjacent to Silver Palm Park, and the City Council will consider applying changes at that time.    

     3D printers are already in the new Discover Studio in the Downtown Library, waiting for children and adults to take classes, workshops and labs in the pop-up space. The studio eventually will feature audio recording and podcasting, music production, digital photo editing and digital film editing with green screen and camera equipment.

     Reporting its largest enrollment since 2006, Lynn University is building a new dorm for juniors and seniors. The Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall will house 170 students and sit on a former intramural field on the south end of campus. It would increase on-campus occupancy by nearly 20 percent.    

     The annual Toasts, Tastes & Trolleys on Sept. 18 always kicks off the fall fundraising season for the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. The trolley event starts at 6 p.m. on a Friday with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Stops will include signature drinks and dinner by the bite at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Mizner’s Dream at Marina One catered by Rio Gourmet, and Yoko-San Sushi Lounge. Each trolley holds 30 people, said Dawn Zook, the event’s creator and co-chairwoman with fellow board member Kathy Qualman. Tickets are $125 at or call the society at 561-395-6766, ext. 202. Reservations are requested by end of day Sept. 15.

      A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world’s largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number equals one/seventh of the Earth’s population.

     Eastham Capital, a private equity firm, has moved to Boca Raton from Needham Mass., leasing 2,600 sq. ft. at 6001 Broken Sound Parkway, Suite 510.

     The Yoga Joint’s third South Florida studio is set to open Oct. 1 at 19575 S.R. 7, offering babysitting, teacher trainings, retreats and on-line classes.

     Known for his comedy, Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Martin Short is the keynote speaker, and tickets are now on sale for the 12th annual Go Pink luncheon, Oct. 21 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.  Tickets for the luncheon went on sale Aug. 24. Individual tickets are $175, but a post-luncheon reception and photo with Short at the resort is eligible for higher-level Signature and Circle of Hope sponsors. Visit for table tickets and sponsorships.

     One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people’s weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but when. Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported Tuesday that being overweight or obese at age 50 may affect the age, years later, when Alzheimer’s strikes. Among those who eventually got sick, more midlife pounds meant an earlier onset of disease.

    Dan Jennings will almost certainly not be returning to the Marlins’ dugout as their manager next season, several sources have said. Whether he remains with the team in any capacity is up in the air. The Marlins, under orders from owner Jeffrey Loria, are making sweeping changes to the team’s baseball operations, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.

     Carbonell Awards, the regional theater awards program here in South Florida, will rename their scholarship program in honor of long time theatre critic honoring the late theater writer and critic Jack Zink, at its 40th annual ceremony on April 4.

       Watch Barry Epstein Live with Chef Raffie here You can promote your business with a weekly television show which goes up on the internet along with Vimeo, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and You Tube, with over 40,000 views, as well as airing THREE TIMES A DAY MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY ON WWW.BYLTV.COM. LIVE ON THE MONEY CHANNEL, 9:00 TO 9:30 AM, 7:30 – 8;00 PM AND 10:30-11:00 PM. a link of your segment is sent to put on your website and to send out in emails to  your prospects and clients. You can see previous shows at Taping is at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at, 20283 N. State Road 7, Boca Raton, Fl 33496. if you are interested, call 561.852.0000 for more information you will need to know.

     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.

     Rob Steele was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit visual and performing arts center that is the anchor of the city’s dynamic cultural community. He succeeds longtime CEO Joe Gillie, whose last day is September 30.

     A Walk in the Woods (opens Wednesday), Heroes of Dirt, The Transporter Refueled opens at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres.  Best of Enemies opens at the FAU Living Room theatres and at the Movies of Delray which also opens American Mistresses, Learning to Drive and Walk in the Woods opens at the Classic Gateway. Phoenix and Fantastic Four opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Read movie capsules at

         South Florida Public Relations Network (SFPRN), has a 9th birthday networking event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Labor Day, Sept. 7, Pinion Grill at Town Center, Boca Raton; 2 for 1 happy hour drinks and affordable appetizers, resume review workshop (first come, first served), $10 at the door with advance RSVP at

         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 Office Depot Foundation has its eighth annual leadership symposium, 8 a.m. Sept. 25 at the Office Depot headquarters, 6600 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, designed for nonprofit executives, board members and volunteers to better understand their rolls and ways they can work together. Free parking. For more information and to register, go to

     Kismet is the 2015 Wold Season opening for the Live at Lynn series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 4 p.m. Sept. 27. Call 561.237.9000 or visit

     McDonald’s will begin rolling out all-day breakfast nationwide on Oct. 6, a long-awaited move that could help boost sales for the burger chain.

     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.

      South Florida Business Journal, Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post contributed to this column.

Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday weekend with your friends and loved ones or your family.

            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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