Published On: Wed, Nov 18th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Nov. 18, 2015 

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       Mary Lou Berger is the new mayor of Palm Beach County. The County Commission voted unanimously to name Berger to the post, created in 2013.

     Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the new Chairman of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

     Spanish River Blvd. will be closed from Broken Sound Highway to Airport Road Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9 pm to and 6 am for ongoing work rebuilding the I-95 overpass.

     Gucci opens a store In Town Center in Boca Raton that will look like the Milan Flagship on Nov. 13, showcasing the fashion house’s concept redesign first unveiled in Milan on Via Montenapoleone in September. The 5,800-square-foot store features soft velvet armchairs alongside harder, industrial elements, such as rivets. This look is part of a concept developed by Gucci’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele.

      Staples’ and Office Depot’s plan to merge will be put off until March as the European Union says it won’t complete its antitrust review until then.

      A $25 million 125 room, ten story Hyatt House, construction to start in 2016, at the Boca Village shopping center, SW corner of Yamato Road and I-95.

     National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton has elected William E. Donnell as its new president and chief executive officer.

        Actor Lee Roy Reams plays Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly!” through Dec. 6 at The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Show tickets and restaurant and costume museum packages are at or call 561-995-2333.

      Newsies is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 through Nov. 29. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.        

     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:

     The Hunger Games; Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes and By the Sea opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier level. Theeb opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters.  Spotlight and Secret in Their Eyes opens at the Movies of Delray.  Secrets in Their Eyes opens at the Movies of Lake Worth.  Goosebumps, Suffragette and Burnt opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Spotlight opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. Read movie capsules at

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

      West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Nov. 19, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tulipe Café, Boca Grove Shopping Center. $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.

     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

     Gypsy will run from November 20 – January 3 at The Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate. Tickets for Gypsy are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at

     The Boca Raton Green Market, in its 19th year, is open every Saturday, 8am to 1pm at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd in downtown Boca Raton offering farm-to-table, fresh-picked produce from local growers and lots more.  Live music on the Piazza stage will feature the Cool Cates Chorus made up of select singers from grades 2 and 3 at Pine Crest School.

    The Chabad of Boca Raton is hosting an evening with nationally syndicated radio host Michael Medved — an observant Orthodox Jew — on Sunday, Nov. 22. A VIP meet-and-greet starts at 6:15 p.m. and Medved’s talk will start at 6:45 p.m. The topic of Medved’s presentation is “Israel Alone? How Israel Can Continue to Flourish in an Often Hostile World.” Medved, 67, is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author and veteran film critic. He started out more liberal, but is now a staunch Conservative. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information about the event, or to RSVP, visit or call 561-994-6257.

     Marleen and the late 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.

     Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations Holiday Breakfast Meeting is December 1st, 8:30-9:30am, Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton Fl 33432 (next to City Hall) Presentations from YMCA and Spirit of Giving. Membership Planning Session for 2016 and Board Elections. Public Invited.    

     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

     AIPAC and Temple Beth El present “The State of Israel since the Rabin Assassination and its Implications Today” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 Schaefer Family Campus, Temple Beth El, 333 SW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, featuring Avi Issacharoff, Middle East Analyst for Walla, i24 and The Times of Israel. This event is open to the public, but closed to the press. For more information, contact AIPAC’s Florida Office at (954) 382-6110 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.

     IX Annual Free Rotary Carousel Day at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, is 10 am-4 pm, Dec. 6, featuring free Carousel rides. Bring a new unwrapped toy for the Wane Barton Study Center and Boca Helping Hands. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be available. For more information, visit

      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 Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club hosts California national political commentator Saied Shemirani, 11:30 a.m. City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike, speaking on IRAN: From Monarchy to Mullahs, the state of TERROR. RSVP at

     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.

     The Caribbean Cowboy Ball is January 30, 2016. Tickets are $175. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561.347.6799 for details.

     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.

     The 10th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, will have everyone “on their feet,” March 4 – 16, 2016 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor) in Boca Raton. 

     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.

     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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