Published On: Wed, Nov 11th, 2015

   Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Nov. 11, 2015 

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    Both the city and Palm Beach County plan traditional Veterans Day ceremonies with colors guards, speakers and military wreath presentations on the holiday. The city’s tribute is 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Boca Raton Cemetery, 449 SW Fourth Ave. The county’s is 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the memorial in Veteran’s Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road, in West Boca. The city also has a free “Tribute to Veterans” concert with the Florida Wind Symphony at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. New this year will be a display and presentation of quilts made here for the National Quilts of Valor Foundation.

     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

     A new Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Residences will be built at the corner of Federal Highway and Camino Real as part of the Via MIzner project.

     The new $24 million Christine E. Lynn Health & Wellness Center is open for business on the campus of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

     Medical marijuana dispensaries will have to wait another year before rolling into Boca Raton, the City Council decided. In a unanimous move, the Council extended the city’s 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana centers until October 2016. The moratorium halts cultivation, processing, distributing or selling marijuana or “related activities.”

     Boca City Council is planning to consolidate four city boards into an 11-member community advisory panel to meet quarterly.

    Shawn Friedkin will be honored by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation at its major fundraiser in New York next week for years of work based in Boca Raton in behalf of people who are paralyzed.

      Bryan Feuerberg has been promoted to regional sales director in retail sales, strategy and effectiveness, based in Boca Raton. He will provide strategic leadership to promote a profitable sales experience and increase shareholder value across the Florida market.

     Mozzarita Bar has opened at 9704 Clint Moore Rd. Suite A105 serving mozzarella balls, burrata, nodini and other types of mozzarella creations, along with paninis, salads and desserts also on the menu.

    David Davis, hired by the School Board in June 2014 as the director of the Palm Beach County School District’s troubled transportation department is resigning a week before the expected release of an investigation into repeated late bus arrivals.

    Spotlight, Love the Coopers, My All American and the 33 opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters.  Suffragette opens at the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth which also opens The 33 and Love the Coopers . Bridge of Spies, Our Brand is Crisis and Truth opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Room and Love opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. Read movie capsules at

      Boy Scout Troop 323 will sell refreshments, and military armaments, civilian and military planes and vehicles will be on view at the third annual Celebration of Veterans by the Boca Raton Pilots’ Association from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Signature Flight Support, 3300 Airport Road. Parking and admission are free. Most of the airport event is held under cover in a hangar, with 40 tables including military de-activated, replica and movie props, and a presentation on the early drone program. Also there will be Jeeps, vintage helmets and gear, armored cars, planes including military, vintage, propeller trainers and a display and tours of new aircraft, police and fire vehicles. A ceremony at 11 a.m. will salute Eagle Scout Charlie Schmidt’s new World War II airfield monument at Boca Raton Airport. A presentation will be made to Irwin Stovroff, a decorated World War II vet and president of Vets Helping Heroes, which provides assistance dogs to active and retired military who need them. Also scheduled is a proclamation by city officials and a check presentation for the event by the Boca Raton Airport Authority. Civil Air Patrol Boca Raton will provide the color guard and act as escorts.

       CarFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday along Palmetto Park Road between Federal Highway and Mizner Boulevard is billed as a free, event as proceeds of the car entrance fees will go to Wounded Warriors of South Florida. More than 100 antique and classic cars will be on display including classics, customs, hot rods and muscle and supercars. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways will perform from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on site.

     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

     The Cool Cats Choir of Pine Crest School under the direction of Joanna Craik will be entertaining at the Boca Raton GreenMarket 10 a.m. Nov 14.  Although this is a first time performance at the Market for this young choir, the Pine Crest School choirs have performed at a variety of area venues in and around Boca Raton and several out-of-state venues, as well. The Boca Raton GreenMarket, in its 19th year, is open from 8am to 1pm, Royal Palm Place, intersection of S Federal Hwy and SE Mizner Blvd.

      Kaye Communications recruited a great group of Community Captains to share and echo the excitement of the 2015 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Save-the-Date of Nov. 18th, 6 pm for fun, college football spirited Marmot Boca Raton Bowl ‘Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase’ event and be sure to wear your college alma mater’s colors! Details to come.

     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

     “Marleen and Harold Forkas present Boca Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker” with a cast of 100 dancers and America Ballet Theatre’s Cassandra Trenary as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her husband Gray Davis as her cavalier, will dance four performances Nov. 27, 28 and 29 at Olympic Heights High School’s Performing Arts Theater 20101 Lyons Road, West Boca. Tickets are $20 to $35 adults, and $10 to $25 children and seniors. Gingerbread Ball is an additional $6 per person for a children’s party after matinees with meet and greet with the cast and sweet treats on stage. Visit or call 561-995-0709.

     Hi-Hat Hattie, A Musical Salute to Hattie McDaniel is at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach, Nov. 28-Dec.13. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students 18 and younger) and may be purchased by calling 561-272-1281 Ext. 4.

     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

     David Gregory, former NBC newsman and Meet the Press moderator speaks 2 pm, Dec. 3 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St. Boca Raton. Tickets are VIP seating: $40, General Admission: $25, A7L Gold members and B’nai Torah members, $20, A&L Platinum members; Free. Call 561.558.2520.

    Once Upon a Mattress is at the Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Dec. 3-20. Tickets $15; $10 for children at or call 561.447.8829.

      The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents the BRAZILIAN SINGERS under the direction of Beatriz Malnik on Sunday, December 6, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton. Reservations are required.  Computer users need to enroll via the Library Event Calendar on the Library website, Non-computer users may call (561) 807-7141 for enrolling.

     The Jewish Federation hosts a free legislative send-off 4:30-6 pm Dec. 9 for the Palm Beach Legislative Delegation. Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Please RSVP to Marissa Trowbridge at or 561.852.6022 by November 24, 2015.

     The Grand Opening of the new Leed Certified Administration Building of the Boca Raton Airport Authority will be 5 pm to 7 pm, Dec. 10 at 903 NW 35th St.  Boca Raton, by invitation only.

     Michael Leven, Chairman and CEO Georgia Aquarium, Past President and COO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, speaks at the B&P Business & Professional Division networking breakfast 8 a.m. Dec. 16 at Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton. Call 561.852.3128, email or visit to register on line.

     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. Jan. 16 at Boca West Country Club. Proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s service missions including youth scholarship programs. This year’s honorees are John Kelly, Howard Schnellenberger, Susan Haynie, Dr. Kathy Schilling, Rabbi Jessica Brockman and Bill Allen.  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.

     ADT’s chief executive Naren Gurshaney will be honored with the Florida Atlantic University’s 2015 Business Leader of the Year Award 8 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Call 561.297.4732 or email for more information and tickets.

     Henry Winkler speaks at The Event 2016, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, at B’nai Torah Congregation. Register at or call 561.852.5031.

     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, Jewish Journal and Palm Beach Post contributed to this column.

     Take time to attend a Veterans Day observance Nov. 11 to salute all veterans and take your kids if you can.

            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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