Published On: Wed, Dec 9th, 2015

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Dec. 9, 2015

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      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.

     A 158 room and suites Mandarin Oriental Hotel will be built at S. Federal Highway and Camino Real with 100 residences at Mandarin Oriental attached to the Hotel by a sky bridge. The first stage, currently being built, is a 366 unit upscale apartment building.

    Talks are back on with the city for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. The Boca Raton City Council has rejected the idea of opening a temporary park at the former Wildflower site. City staff estimated it would cost $313,500 to safely open the property at 551 E. Palmetto Park Road as a public facility. Council members said the park is not worth the investment.

    Boca Raton City Council members have decided to postpone the vote on an ordinance that would more than quadruple their salaries. Under the proposal, the mayor’s annual salary would rise from $9,000 to $41,181. Likewise, council members’ annual salaries would increase from $7,200 to $29,697.

     Temple University and the University of Toledo will face off in the 2015 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

     Florida Atlantic University’s real estate research faculty ranks among the world’s 20 best, according to the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

     Publix reopened its 50,000 sq. ft. Fifth Avenue Shops location Thursday, offering produce, meats, dairy, frozen foods, bakery floral and seafood departments, with 175 employees. Another 28,000 sq. ft. store in the 1,113 store chain will open Dec. 12 at 500 Belvedere Rd, WPB, with 150 employees.

     John Barrett officially opens the doors to his renowned namesake salon in Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, the first of fifteen new salons planned to open across the U.S. and Canada. The epitome of the luxury salon experience for the past two decades, John Barrett will raise the standard for excellence in artistry, service and care in each new location, starting in Boca Raton. Phone 561.620.1110, 10-7 Tuesday-Saturday.

      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:

       In the Heart of the Sea opens at the Boca Cinemark and Premier. Macbeth opens at the FAU Living Room Theaters. Trumbo and the Peanuts Movie opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. In the Heart of the Sea opens at the Classic Gateway Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale. Read movie capsules at

     Blue Man Group is at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach to Dec. 13. Call 561.832.7469 or visit

    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.

     A Very Kosher Christmas is at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to Dec. 13. For tickets,call 954-344-5990 or visit

     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

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

     Dr. Robert Watson, Lynn University political professor, speaks 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society in Boca. Details at

     State Attorney Dave Aronberg is having a fundraiser, 6 to 8 pm, Dec. 15 at the law offices of Kanner & Pintaluga, 925 S. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deborah Gregorian at 561.577.5740 or email

     How the Grinch Stole Christmas is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 15-27. Call 954.462.0222 for tickets or visit

      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.

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Dec. 17, 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.

     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.

     Wayne Barton Study Center, 269 N.E. 14th st. Boca Raton invites the community to the annual Christmas Party, 1 pm to 4 pm, Dec. 20, featuring free food, toy giveaway, pictures with Santa, entertainment, door prizes, face painting, clowns, DJ with Santa arriving on a fire truck with lights and sirens.

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

     Avi Hoffman stars in Still Jewish After All These Years, 7:30 pm, Temple Torat Emet, 8600 Jog Rd. Boynton Beach. Call 1.800.838.3006 for tickets.

     Pompdour, a Brand New Musical by Michael Leeds & Kevin Black is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Dec, 26 – Jan. 31. Tickets are $38-$42. Call 954.344.7765 or visit,77

    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

     NFL All-Pro Legend Jason Taylor will headline the Men’s Division Sports Night, 6:30 pm, Jan. 12 at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton, co-chaired by Robert Pick and Ken Lebersfeld. The $90 couvert includes dinner and an open bar (dietary laws observed). A minimum Men’s gift of $180 to the 2016 UJA/ Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Guests whose Men’s campaign contribution is at least $1,800 are also invited to a VIP cocktail reception with Taylor, beginning at 5:30 p.m, featuring a meet-and-greet, photo opportunities and autographed sports memorabilia. For more information about men’s activities at Federation, contact Sonni Simon at 561.852.3128 or

     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.

     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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