Published On: Wed, Oct 21st, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Oct. 21, 2015 

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     During its 61st Annual Conference and Tradeshow, the International Downtown Association recognized the Boca Raton CRA with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to its annual Brazilian Beat festival.

     Cross Country Healthcare, which already employs about 500 people in Boca Raton, is leasing 20,000 sq. ft. of new office space at 5301 Congress Road and plans to hire up to 100 new workers during the next two years and continue to lease 70,40g sq. ft. for its national headquarters at 6551 Park of Congress, but would reduce its office space at 901 Yamato Road. Applicants should visit

     The president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America has resigned. Gerard van Grinsven, 54, left “to pursue other interests,” according to the company, which moved its headquarters from Greater Chicago to Boca Raton in 2014. Cancer Treatment Centers’ headquarters was a coup for Palm Beach County economic officials, who celebrated it as the biggest corporate relocation in recent years. The company promised to hire 250 people in Boca Raton, which made it eligible for $2.4 million in state and local government incentives. The Boca Raton office currently has just over 100 employees.

     Boca Raton’s first Aldi grocery store opened at 21759 SR 7 in the Boca Square shopping center on the NW corner of 441 and Palmetto Park Road.

    Sheriff Ric Bradshaw could turn into the buzz kill for Palm Beach County’s proposed easing of marijuana laws. County commissioners delayed plans to give law enforcement officers the option of issuing $100 civil citation, like traffic tickets, instead of arresting adults for having small amounts of marijuana. The delay comes after the Sheriff’s Office raised concerns about the proposal which have also triggered questions about whether Bradshaw would actually allow his deputies to choose to issue the tickets as an alternative to arrests, if the measure gets approved.

     After months of trying to lure two more Major League Baseball teams, now Palm Beach County has to pay for their $144 million spring training home. County commissioners approved borrowing the money to build a stadium expected to bring the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals to West Palm Beach for spring training. The vote caps a deal more than a year in the making to land the teams. The county is paying about half of the cost for the stadium, using taxes on hotel stays that are dedicated to tourism-boosting efforts. The teams and the state pay the rest. The goal is to have the stadium ready for spring training in 2017.

     Nick Cannon, host of America’s Got Talent, is the Grand Marshall for the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Dec. 12 in Fort Lauderdale.

    Floridians could break into cars to help people and animals suffering from heat exhaustion without fear of being sued for property damage under a bill that unanimously passed its first committee hearing Tuesday. Under the proposed law, a person would have to meet five requirements to be immune.

         Joining the Black Box Theater Oct. 21 at 8pm, doors open at 7pm is the Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra, a 19 piece band formed in 1981. It started playing swing and Bebop from the 40’s. As the years went on the repertoire expanded and today the band plays a wide variety of Jazz, Pop, Swing, Bebop and Latin. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep current on upcoming shows: Boca Black Box Theater. To buy tickets go to:

     Entr’acte Theatrix presents Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein from Oct. 22-Nov. 1 at the Crest Theatre of the Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach. Tickets at or or call 561.243.7922 ext. 1. Tickets are $30; Students, $20; Group rates, $22.

     Whether its Pink Pals walking with 120 people or a team of one, the sea of pink returns to Mizner Park, 8 a.m. Saturday for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer South Palm Beach. Growing each year, the numbers from the 2014 walk were $466,715 raised net, 416 teams, 447 registered survivors and 21,000 participants. Visit for online registration for walkers and donors.

     California Pizza Kitchen invites the community for a day of delicious dining in support of Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, October 23, 2015, giving back percentages of sales during the day to the non-profit organization, and its ongoing efforts to help homeless families get back to self-sufficiency.     

      Come Blow Your Horn is at the Delray Beach Playhouse til Oct. 25. Terrific show. Don’t miss it. Visit Call 561.272.1281 x. 4.

      We can help you promote your business with a weekly internet television show also uploaded to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube with over 40,000 views. If you are interested please contact Danielle Silverman for a quote at or call her at 561.487.3690 or 561.715.1774. You can also click to schedule a time for you to connect:

   Rock the Kasbah, Jem and the Holograms and the Last Witch Hunter opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Labrynth of Lies opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters.  Steve Jobs and Labrynth of Lies opens at the Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth. The Intern, Pan and Maze Ronner opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Rock The Kasbah opens at the Classic Gateway. Read movie capsules at

         JCC Golf Classic is 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26 (shotgun scramble) at 7201 Addison Reserve Blvd. Delray Beach. ELITE FOURSOME: $1,500, includes golf for four participants, lunch and Awards Dinner, gift bag for each participant and company name and/or logo prominently displayed at one tee. INDIVIDUAL GOLFER: $350, includes golf for one participant, lunch and Awards Dinner and gift bag. 10:30 a.m.: Registration, Light Fare & Warm-Up; Post Golf: Cocktails, Dinner, awards ceremony. For more info, call Lauren Koblick, 561.852.3257, or Register online at

      West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. Second and Fourth Tuesdays. Next meeting is Oct. 27 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. IHOP, SW corner of 441 and Glades Road. $60 per quarter. Fill out form on site if you qualify and bring $60 for fourth quarter. For more information or questions, call 561.852.0000.

     Christine Catoggio speaks on R.I.S.E. and Transform to Your Better Self, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 27, Room: HT103 Humanities & Technology Building, Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton campus, 3000 St. Lucie Ave. Boca Raton. $15. RSVP to   

     The Men’s Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is kicking off a full season of events with the Scotch and Cigar Experience, featuring renowned whiskey expert and Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph, from William Grant & Sons, representing scotch brand Glenfiddich, 6 pm, Oct. 29, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar, 240 NW 19th St. #916, Boca Raton. Cost: $36. Visit or call 561,852.3128 or email:

     The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, DC, will continue their long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear at Pioneer Park, Deerfield Beach, 7:00 pm, October 30, sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Kiwanis Club, the Deerfield Beach Woman’s Club, and organized by the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. Bring along a blanket or chair to this FREE concert; optional purchases for food and chair rentals ($2).  Pioneer Park is located at NE 2nd Street (Eller Drive) adjacent to DFB City Hall Parking Lot. For additional information about this performance, please contact the Deerfield Beach Historical Society at (954) 429-0378.

     Lynn University and producer Jan McArt present the Music and Times of Jerome Kern, 4 p.m. Nov. 1; The Vivian Vance Story, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, 7:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 8. At the Wold Center at Lynn. Visit for tickets or call 561.237.9000.

     The Junior League of Boca Raton spring fashion show is 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Boca Resort & Club. Call 561.620.2553 or visit for more info.

     Joe Gillie officially retired this week as President and CEO of Old School Square. A celebration of his legacy will be held Nov. 7 at Old School Square. To get tickets visit

     The Boca Raton Pilots’ Association 3rd Annual Celebration of Veterans Day is 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Nov. 7 at Signature Flight Support on Airport Road, just north of Boca Cinemark.

     Commemorating the 77th anniversary of what is considered the start of the Holocaust, on November 8, the 14th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum will once again showcase a compelling Holocaust-related feature. Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the March of the Living, “Defiant Requiem” will be screened at 1:30 and 6 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard in Boca Raton. Murry Sidlin, the star of the film and creator and inspiration behind it, will speak after each showing Individual film tickets are available in advance for a $10 donation or $8 with a valid student ID, or $18 at the door.  Patrons will receive two free film tickets with a $75 or higher donation. All proceeds support the March of the Living Fund, which enables local high school students to participate in this unique Holocaust education experience capped by travel to Poland and Israel. Tickets can be purchased and donations made at, 561.852.3126 or

      The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club presents former Palm Beach County Commissioner and Delray Beach City Commissioner Mary McCarty 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11, City Fish Market, Glades & the Turnpike. Join and RSVP at

       Hope Bash Boca is 6:30 pm Nov. 13th at Boca West Country Club 20583 Boca West Drive honoring Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope Award Recipient Arthur Adler and featuring fine dining, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions to benefit Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker campus. $250 per person. RSVP by Nov. 1. Festive semiformal attire. For more information, call 561.483.0962 or visit

     Celebrities will be serving up grand slams for charity during the 26th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, Nov. 20-22 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave and gala dinner at the Boca Raton Resort & Club Saturday evening for $750. Stand-up comedian and best-selling author Chelsea Handler, rapper and TV host Vanilla Ice and actors Jason Biggs and Antonio Sabato Jr. have agreed to practice their backhand for their first appearances in the charity match. The event takes place from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center at 201 W. Atlantic Ave. Tennis hall of famers Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, former ATP pro and ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe and former WTA pros Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs also will play in the event. Also committed to slice the ball are celebrities Jon Lovitz, Timothy Olyphant, Maeve Quinlan, Alan Thicke and Dennis Miller. Tickets to watch the celebrities take the court range in price. General admission tickets cost $20 per session. Club seats with seat backs are $40 per day or $70 for the weekend. Courtside box seats are $90 per day or $175 for the weekend. Sponsorship packages are also available. Money raised during the events goes toward providing a bright future for Florida’s at-risk children. To purchase tickets, call Chris Evert Charities at 561-394-2400 or visit

     An elegant evening of celebration is planned for premier donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. They’ll gather for the Leadership Gifts Event at 6:00 p.m. on December 2, 2015, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. The event will feature a luxurious cocktail reception and dinner, with an inspiring keynote presentation by Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel. The evening’s $150 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested, and dietary laws will be observed. For more information about the Leadership Gifts Event and other Major Gifts opportunities at the Federation, please contact Ida Novack at 561.852.3342 or

     Save The Date: Rotary Club of Boca Raton presents the OPAL awards, honoring outstanding people and leaders that have contributed through volunteerism to make our community a better place in which to live, work and play, 6:30 p.m. Boca West Country Club. Proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s service missions including youth scholarship programs, Visit for more information.

     An author’s talk by Alan Dershowitz — noted lawyer and legal and political commentator — on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 highlights the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s 2015-16 Cultural Arts Events Calendar on the Boca Raton campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

     JARC 30th Annual Gala Dinner Dance is March 6, 2016 at Boca West Country Club, featuring Live and Silent Auction. For more info, Call 561.558.2572.

     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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