Published On: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Dec. 2, 2015

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     Advisory: Federal Hwy closed from Camino Real to NE 8th St today, Dec 2 from 5:30 pm till 11 pm for City of Boca Holiday Parade. The 45th Annual Boca Holiday Street Parade is 7:30 pm to 9 pm Dec. 2 on Federal Highway from SE 7th St. to N. Mizner Park Blvd. featuring a “Storybook Holiday” theme. A reviewing stand is at Sanborn Square Park across the street from the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. Bring the kids and enjoy!

   As the Boca Raton Historical Society reviewed its ongoing projects, members realized a prominent group had been neglected. African-American pioneers had been interviewed, as had Japanese immigrants to the Yamato colony. Interviews also recorded the roles of the city’s distinguished pioneer women. But what about the Jewish community, which started with a single family in 1931 and which historians say has grown to almost half the population of the city? Historians agreed to start immediately filling this gap, which they considered urgent as some pioneers have died over the past few years. The society plans about 25 interviews, which it will post on a website and YouTube. Members also plan to make a documentary. Call 561-395-6766 for info.

     Town Center in Boca now has a streamlined Boston Market in the food court at 6000 Glades Road.

     Cravy restaurant delivery service has begun in Boca Raton, offering Racks, Farm House Rocco’s Tacos and Cheesecake Factory delivery to homes.

      The Melting Pot is celebrating 25 years in Boca Raton at 5455 N. Federal Highway, offering a four course anniversary fondue special for $40 to Jan. 1.

     The YMCA is offering the community a holiday gift: free swim lessons at its Boca Raton facility. The Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton will teach up to 300 adults and children to swim. The lessons will be held from Dec. 14-17 and are targeted at those who would not normally take swim lessons and are not members of the facilities. Each participant will receive four 30-minute lessons, which can be taken in the morning or evening. Pools at the facilities are indoors and will be heated at 85 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit.  Those interested in lessons can register at the Boca branch, 6631 Palmetto Circle South. There are 150 spots open. For available lesson times, call 800-798-4531.

      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 Letters and Krampus opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Flowers opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters. Love the Coopers and The 33 opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. 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    

     Hi-Hat Hattie, A Musical Salute to Hattie McDaniel is at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach, to 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. To Dec. 20. $30, VIP $40, A&L Gold Members: $28, A&L Platinum Members: Free. For tickets or to register, call (561) 558-2512.

          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.

     Polar Express movie at 6:30 pm, train rides and activities at 5 pm Dec. 18 Mizner Park amphitheatre.

     The 39th Annual Boca Holiday Boat Parade is 6:30 pm to 8 pm Dec. 19 on the Intracoastal waterway.

     The Boca Raton Bowl is 7 pm, Dec. 22 at the FAU football stadium.

    The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is thrilled to announce that U.S. Humanitarian Worker Alan Gross and former Ambassador Dennis Ross will headline the 2016 Sandler Family Major Gifts Event on January 6.  Released from a Cuban prison after five years, Gross will share his experience, and Ross, a leading diplomat and expert in Middle East and Soviet policy, will share timely foreign policy insights with us and discuss his new book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, which chronicles the intense relationship between our two countries. The evening’s $135 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested and dietary laws will be observed. A minimum $10,000 household gift to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2016 Annual Campaign is required to attend. For adult children participating in the L’Dor V’Dor initiative, only the couvert is required. For more information, please contact 561.852.6084 or

     Golda’s Balcony is at the JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, 7:30 pm Jan. 9. Tickets at 561.902.1500 or visit

     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.    

     Goldie Hawn will headline the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Black Tie gala, sponsored by longtime Boca philanthropists Dick and Barbara Schmidt, 6:30 pm to 11 pm, Jan. 23, with Heat Wave band returning by popular demand. Tickets are $400 and sponsorships range from $1200 to $100,000 for such amenities as vale, cocktails and registration. Sponsorships at the $15,000 level and above will include a VIP reception with Hawn. Call 561.955.5186 or email: for more information and tickets.

     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 Chanukah to all my members of the Tribe Dec. 6-14.

            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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