Published On: Wed, Oct 7th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Oct. 7, 2015

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    The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club presents “Dirty Politics”, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14.  How Does Money, Taxes, Political Materials and Ads Influence You, The Voter? How do we determine truth through the promotions of our elected Officials?  Come Hear two political operatives, Jamie Miller, Republican and Greg Wilson, Democrat from the Tampa Tiger Bay Club as they vigorously debate the “System”. Register and join at

    Welcome back to former League of Cities Executive Director and first Chair of the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club Jamie Titcomb, who will be the new town manager of Ocean Ridge, starting Oct. 26. He currently is the manager of Melbourne Beach.

      Little Chalet has opened at 485 S. Federal Hwy. Boca Raton for lunch and dinners. Call 561.325.8000 for more information.

     Once is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Oct. 18. Get tickets at or call the box office: 954.462.0222.

     A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is at the Wick Theatre from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1. See for more information and tickets.

     Boca City Council awarded a one-time $50,000 to the Historical Society for a welcome center at 71 N. Federal Highway. Isn’t that the Chamber’s job?

     AT&T has installed a new cell phone signal system on the north side of the FAU campus to improve signal strength to the area.

     People caught with a little marijuana in Palm Beach County could get a $100 ticket instead of a trip to jail, under a new law initially approved. The proposal would allow law enforcement officers to issue civil citations — similar to traffic tickets — instead of arresting adults found with 20 grams or less of marijuana. Those citations would require people to pay a $100 fine, without sending someone to jail and giving them a criminal record. Supporters say the change would lessen public costs at the jail and avoid saddling people with criminal records that can make it harder for them to get jobs, housing and help paying for college. The proposal returns to the County Commission for a final vote on Oct. 20.

     Legislators ordered the state to investigate Palm Beach County’s troubled school bus system after learning that 29 drivers transported children while their licenses were suspended during the 2013 to 2014 school year. While the Palm Beach County School District’s transportation debacle is improving, at least one school continues to experience major problems seven weeks into the year. Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton had as many as 17 of its 22 buses show up late last week. Updated figures were not available, but parents say late arrivals continue to plague the magnet school.

     Some Florida principals may get the run their schools free from the bureaucracy that is often blamed for education failures. Don’t like the teachers you’ve inherited? Choose new ones. Don’t like the state-required textbooks? Find better ones. Rather spend your school’s money on iPads than desktops? Go for it. The proposal, which the state Legislature will consider in the 2016 session, is designed to give principals more autonomy, and possibly more money, if can improve student achievement. Up to three districts in the state would be selected, and each would choose D- or F-rated middle or high schools for the program.

     Rabbi Mordechai Smolarcik, of Boca Raton, was one of 25 regional awardees of this year’s Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The award recognizes talented educators in North America who utilize 21st-century skills in their classrooms and programs that help to shape the future of Jewish education. Smolarcik, a faculty member of Hillel Day School of Boca Raton for 11 years, is the school’s Talmud & Technology chair and a Middle School Judaic teacher, has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and has been involved in Jewish education for more than 30 years.

      A Texas-based trust paid $81.7 million for the Mark at Cityscape, a 208-unit apartment complex in Boca Raton. Monogram Residential Trust bought the property from Ram Realty Services of Palm Beach Gardens. The 12-story complex at 11 Plaza Real opened in February as the tallest building in downtown Boca Raton. In March, Ram sold an adjacent one-acre site at Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway to West Palm Beach-based Kolter Group. Kolter is developing a Hyatt Place Hotel, which is expected to open next fall.

      Watch Barry Epstein Live at 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 4:30 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 21 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.

     The Walk, 99 Homes, Freeheld, He Named me Malaha and Pan opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Run Boy Run opens at the Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth. Run Boy Run opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters. He named me Malaha and Freeheld opens at the Classic Gateway. Run Boy Run, Black Mass and Everest opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Read movie capsules at

    The Boca Raton GreenMarket opens for the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, November 7……and runs each Saturday until May 7th, 8am to 1pm, at Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza.  Email if interested in participating.  (

    There is another showing of National Theatre Live The Audience with Helen Mirren on Sunday October 11th at Movies of Delray and another showing of SKYLIGHT from National Theatre Live on Friday October 9th in Delray. Tickets are available for Hamlet Live starring Benedict Cumberbatch on October 15th at both Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth. The Andre Rieu Concert is available on October 20th at The Movies of Delray.

     Boca City Councilman Scott Singer hosts a free Coffee & Conversation, 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8 at Spanish River Library.

      Women’s Equality Day, celebrating Women’s Right to Vote is 1 to 4 pm, Oct. 10 (postponed from Aug. 29) Free and open to the public, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, co-chaired by Tara Laxer and Sue Banks. is the best networking group in the area and meets at IHOP, Glades and 441 on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Next meeting is Oct. 13. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.

     Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., will share his valuable insights 6 pm, Oct. 15 at the launch event for the 2015-16 Industry Icon Series for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division, in Zinman Hall (9901 Donna Klein Blvd.) Cost is $36. RSVP:  For more information, contact Sonni Simon at or 561-852-3128.

    Broadway’s Jeremy Stolle stars in The Unreachable Stars 7:30 pm Oct. 17 and 4:00 pm Oct. 18 at the Lynn University Wold Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for this event are $55 orchestra, $50 mezzanine. Call +1 561-237-9000 or visit

     Gordon Tredgold lunches his FAST book, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at FAU Tech Runway, 901 NW 35 St. Boca Raton, with a complimentary buffet available and cash bar. FAST book will be available for purchase and signing with 25$ of sales to “Deliver the Dream” charity. RSVP:

     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

     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 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.

   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 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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