Published On: Wed, Nov 25th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Nov. 28, 2015

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     Benihana is proposing to demolish the old 3,154 sq. ft. Denny’s building on the southeast corner of 441 and Glades Road in the West Winds shopping center, to be renamed Benihana at Festival Shoppes of Boca Raton, and build a new 8,060 sq. ft. building. The zoning commission hears it on Dec. 4 and then it goes to the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 7 for approval.

     Boca City Council approved a plan to build townhomes on the 1.14 acres north of Palmetto Park Road and west of NW 4th Ave. Referred to as “Hurricane Hill” by early pioneers, the prime real estate on the city’s coastal ridge sits atop one of the city’s highest points.

     Adler Kawa Real Estate Advisors of Aventura bought the 1001 Yamato Rd. building from American Realty Advisors of Glendale, Ca. for $32.3 million.

     Hollywood based Naya USA Investment & Management bought the 42,000 sq. ft. URS Corporate Center in Boca for $7.4 million From RJE Investments.

     Boca based, The Marshall Socarras Grant law firm has added real estate to its areas of specialties.

     Relish & More has opened at 1930 NE 5th Av., Boca Raton, serving 12 burgers, salads, appetizers, milkshakes and doughnuts from 11 am to 10 pm daily.

     Palm Beach County is moving forward with a proposal to raise the sales tax rate to pay for a long list of backlogged road, park, drainage and building repair projects. Commissioners voted 6-0 to authorize county staff to proceed with plans to increase the county’s 6-cent sales tax.

      The Veterans Speakers Forum of Palm Beach County award winning educators offer educational programs in honoring those Veterans who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th 1941. Special programing will be available to have them attend your Temple, Club, Church, or School. Contact the speakers: 

       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 Good Dinosaur, Creed, Brooklyn and Trumbo opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Wonder and Trumbo opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters.  Trumbo and Brooklyn opens at the Movies of Delray. Spotlight opens at the Movies of Delray. Steve Jobs and The Martian opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Trumbo and Brooklyn opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. Read movie capsules at

   West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Dc. 3, 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.

     Gypsy will run to 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.

     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.

     Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center and Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement present Daniel’s Husband, presented by West Boca Theatre Company and Island City Stage. This witty, passionate, powerful play follows Daniel Bixby, an architect who wants to marry his longtime partner Mitchell Howard, a famous writer not keen on the idea of marriage. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, this moving play is a vivid example of why that right is so important. Nov. 28-Dec. 20. $30, VIP $40, A&L Gold Members: $28, A&L Platinum Members: Free. For tickets or to register, call (561) 558-2512.

     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.

      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.

   With the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District’s long-awaited joint meeting with Boca Raton city officials set for 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Boca Raton Community Center, the talk was their own agenda and nailing down beach, park and recreation user fees, which are sometimes different from the city’s. The district uses taxpayers’ money to oversee four parks and recreation facilities including Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Willow Theatre and the Swim & Racquet Center, and kicks in money for beach renourishment. And with district boundaries wider than the city limits, residency has been an ongoing issue in addition to how much revenue the district gets, if any, from city user fees. A work in progress, commissioners have been putting user fees on their meeting agendas for weeks to come up with a general philosophy.

     The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club 11:30, Dec. 9 lunch features California nationally known political commentator Saied Shemirani, speaking on “From Monarchs to Mullahs: The State of Terror”, at City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike. 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.

     Pulitzer Prize-Winning Syndicated Columnistand Commentator Dr. Charles Krauthammer speaks at the St. Andrews Country Club, Feb. 29, 2016. For more information, call 561.835.0510 or email:

     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. Among the performers and authors recently announced as part of the lineup for the 10th annual Festival of the Arts BOCA are: Herb Alpert and his wife; violinist Joshua Bell conducting the Lynn Philharmonia in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”; a cirque act and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” each with a live orchestra; and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Also on the bill are an English translation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander, who performed at Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater last year. 

     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.

     Boca Raton Magazine, West Boca News, South Florida Business Journal, Sun-Sentinel, Jewish Journal and Palm Beach Post contributed to this column.

     Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. Enjoy the 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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