Published On: Wed, Nov 4th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Nov. 4, 2015


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     Don’t forget to complete the surveys on the Boca Raton Tribune website. This week is about the Wildflower property.

     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.

     Florida Atlantic University’s second largest donor will join its top benefactor to help boost FAU athletics. Boca Raton philanthropist Christine Lynn has agreed to donate $5 million to create the Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center, which will be housed within the Schmidt Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The first part of the complex is expected to be open by the end of next year. The sports medicine center will include specially designed areas for presentative therapy, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy treatments, as well as offices for training staff. Additional rooms will be available for athletes who need extra care from FAU team doctors.

     Boca Raton’s Rick Versace, owner of A1A Limousine, was named National Operator of the Year at the Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

     Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will sign his books at Costco, 17800 Congress Ave. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. More info: 561.981.5004.

     Actor Lee Roy Reams plays Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly!” Nov. 12-Dec. 6 at The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Show tickets and restaurant and costume museum packages are at the or call 561-995-2333.    

     Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park Commissioners got their first look at a two-story building to replace the soon-to-be demolished former Chuck’s Steakhouse at the public Swim & Racquet Center of Greater Boca Raton. The proposed 7,387-square-foot community building would sit next to the pool and have locker rooms and three meeting rooms on the first floor. A reception area, meeting chambers, a kitchen and copy room and three offices are on the second floor.

     The Shops at Del Mar Village in Boca Raton is generating plenty of buzz in the community for its “Senior Citizen Parking Only” parking spaces in front of Nino’s Italian Restaurant and Sweet Tomatoes. While not enforceable by law, these spaces provide closer parking for seniors who don’t qualify for handicapped parking permits.

     Relish & More opened at the Fifth Avenue Shops on Federal Highway and 20th St. expanding its Relish menu to salads, appetizers and doughnuts.

     International yacht rental company Yachtico has opened its U.S. headquarters on the campus of FAU in Boca Raton, with a fleet of 16,000 charter yachts in their network.

     Park Place on Military Trail south of Office Depot signed tenants including: Fresh Market, Habit Burger, Chipotle, Burton’s Grill, Raw Juice, Phenonmenon and Rappy’s Deli. Shops are also planned for the 64,000 sq. ft. 16 acre center scheduled to open in 2016. 298 apartments are under construction on 10 acres south of the center and a mixed use project of 200 rental apartments and 65,000 sq. ft. of retail on 10 acres on Military Trail south of Glades Road. Other proposed projects include a “restaurant row” on Butts Road, next to Wells Fargo tower and a 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant outside the former Tyco headquarters on Town Center Road as well as Palmetto Promenade’s apartments and shops along Palmetto Park Road.

     There’s a new Reform synagogue in South Palm Beach County. Congregation Beit Kulam (Congregation for Everyone) with a goal is to create a warm, diverse community of learning, prayer, new friendships and responsibility to the general public. High Holiday services took place at the Wick Theatre in east Boca Raton and Shabbat (Sabbath) services in October and November are taking place at the Boca Children’s Museum in east Boca Raton. In December, Shabbat services are expected to move out to west Boca Raton at a venue to be determined. There are currently 50 members of the congregation, with many more non-members attending services or classes. About 150 people attended Beit Kulam’s High Holiday services. Beit Kulam’s Rabbi Joan Cubell and Cantor Geniene Miller were a key part of the decision to put this new synagogue together after being replaced at another area temple earlier this year. Music Director Cantor Jennifer Werby rounds out the Beit Kulam clergy. For more information about Congregation Beit Kulam, visit, email or call 844-KULAM-18 (844-585-2618).

    Three Palm Beach school district transportation employees could lose their jobs in cases involving child abandonment and inappropriate behavior. School board members will vote Wednesday on whether to accept Superintendent Robert Avossa’s recommendation to fire driver Amanda Pender, a two-year employee, aide Katherine Moore, an 18-year employee and driver Wilbert Paul, a three-year employee. Pender and Moore are accused of leaving a 3-year-old special needs student behind on a bus on April 16. Paul is accused of hugging a female student without permission on April 13.

     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:

     Now you can network for new business without having to go to a meeting. Go to, watch the brief video, fill out the form and contact 561.702.0000 to get started.

      Spectre and The Peanuts Movie opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Miss You Already and A Brilliant Young Mind opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters.  Spectre and Run Boy Run opens at the Movies of Delray which also opens Spectre at the Movies of Lake Worth. The Walk and Labyrinth of Lies opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. Specter and Suffragette opens at the Classic Gateway. Read movie capsules at

     The 30th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is Nov. 6-22. Info and tickets at

     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.

     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.

     The Boca Raton Green Market opens for its 19th year, 8 am-1 pm, November 7th, offering farm-to-table, fresh-picked produce from local growers and lots more, every Saturday at the SW parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd., downtown Boca Raton.  On opening day, live music is on the Piazza stage by Jim Kovalcik Duo who have been performing their special diversified musical repertoire, something for all, for over 20 years.

     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.

     Joe Gillie officially retired 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.

     Born without arms and legs, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic speaks free at the FAU stadium, 7 pm Nov. 7 at the Stand Strong Florida 2015 event.

     The two-day Flying Pigs Barbecue and Musical Festival with a cookoff among at least 15 area restaurants and four bands serving up live Beatles music comes to West Boca on Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 11 a.m. with activities through 11 p.m. in Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The entrance is west of State Road 7 on Glades Road and parking is free. All tickets are at

     The Deerfield Beach Historical Society announces the grand opening of “Grow Deerfield” (the Deerfield Beach Green Market) for the 2015-2016 season on Sunday, November 8th, 9am to 2pm, in Pioneer Park, located at NE 2nd Street (Eller Drive).  The market offers a variety of farm-fresh produce, an assortment of plants and flowers, fresh baked goods, prepared foods and lots more.   Call the Historical Society at (954) 429-0378 for vendor information. 

     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

     Monday Morning Group Networking is on the second and fourth Mondays at Boca Dunes Country Club, with a social media component. No dues, no fees no mandatory meetings. Text MMG to 63975 for notices. Next meeting is Nov. 9.

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. Second and Fourth Tuesdays. Next meeting is Nov. 10, 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.

      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

      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

     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.

     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.

     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. Jan. 16 at 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.

     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.

     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.

     West Boca News, 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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