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Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Jan. 13, 2016

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The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club presents Kamal Fereg, Infidel Living Under Sharia Law, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13, 2016 at City Fish Market, Glades Road at the Turnpike. RSVP at Call 561.852.0000 for more info.

      The Federal Trade Commission is not budging from its move to block Staples from acquiring its rival Office Depot. Regulators have no interest in settling with Staples on the current terms, so Staples cannot complete its $6.3 billion merger, citing three sources on different sides of the case being heard in US District Court in Washington, D.C. FTC lawyer Tara Reinhart said settlement talks with Staples are continuing. The comments buoyed hopes that the merger will go through and boosted Home Depot’s stock price by 5 percent Tuesday.

     Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been named a 2015/2016 Consumer Choice Award recipient by the National Research Corporation (NRC). The annual accolade identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Boca Regional joins such prestigious institutions as the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in this year’s listings, and is the only provider in Palm Beach County to receive the distinction.

     Boca Raton resident Jaret Epstein was featured in the Sun-Sentinel for his new innovative way to improve your on line dating profile: His company is

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Entertainment Series at Spanish River High School Theater. The series consists of 4 shows: “Righteous Brothers” Bill Medley with Stewie Stone on Thursday, January 14th at 7:30PM, Hal Linden with Freddie Roman on Thursday, January 28th at 7:30PM, Clint Holmes with Dick Capri on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30PM and Tony Orlando in Concert on Sunday, March 6th at 3:00PM. If you are interested, please call Arlene Herson at 561-997-6711.

    It’s been one month since the Boca Raton City Council reluctantly agreed that a property owner can build a 10,000-square-foot, four-story house on the beach. Now, the council is calling on the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District to look into buying all oceanfront properties in the city.

     Plans for the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection building at Boca Raton Airport had their first city airing at a recent Planning Advisory Review Board meeting, the next step in the approval process.

     The South Florida Fair is Feb. 15-31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Discount tickets are available at all Palm Beach County Publix supermarkets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children. See for more information.

    The Beth Ami Congregation in Boca Raton, will be holding complete, informative, educational and timely events in the coming weeks: Thursday, January 14th at 10:30 AM, “ISLAM, ITS BEGINNINGS AND ITS THREATS TO THE WORLD”; Sunday, January 17th at 7PM, “CHRISTIANS AND JEWS LIVING UNDER ISLAM”, A Jew and a Christian, both raised in Egypt, will tell their stories and give an insight into the world of Islam and those infidels living under Islamic law. All above programs will have a full Q & A open to the audience. There is no charge for these events, except for Jan. 17 ($18 fee). Admission requires calling the synagogue office at 561-347-0331. A photo ID is required for admittance. The location of Beth Ami is 1401 NW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, 33432.

     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:

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     JM Lexus is celebrating a sales record: more than 10,000 new cars sold in 2015. The luxury car dealer has been the top Lexus dealer in the world for 24 straight years. Last year’s sales totaled 10,043, up from 8,300 in 2014,

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Ride Along 2 and Norm of the North opens at the Boca Cinemark. Closed Season and Mustang opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Gwendolyn Bellman, the director of Closed Season will be doing a Q&A on Jan. 16 following the 12:30pm show, following the 3:00pm show and will introduce the 5:20 show. The Revant, Mustang and Closed Season opens at the Movies of Delray.  Closed Season, Youth and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opens at the Movies of Lake Worth. Anomalisa opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. Sisters, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip and Big Short opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules at

     It’s a parking lot full of great vendors at the Boca Raton Green Market, in its 19th year, 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, plants and flowers, prepared foods, doggie treats,  and lots more.       “South Pacific” plays through Feb. 14 at The Wick Theater, 7901 N. Federal Highway, in Boca Raton. Tickets are $70 to $80, matinees Wednesdays through Sundays; evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit or call the box office at 561-995-2333.

     The Met Opera starts back Jan. 16 with Les Pecheurs de Perles Live in HD simulcast from The Met Opera at the Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth, with reserved seating available. CafeCinematheque, foreign film series with host Shelly Isaacs, resumes this week.

     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.

     Pompadour, a Brand New Musical by Michael Leeds & Kevin Black is at the Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, to Jan. 31. Tickets are $38-$42. Call 954.344.7765 or visit Don’t miss it. It is terrific. Best show ever at the Stage Door Theatre, bar none!  

     The Jazz Singer will through Jan. 24 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. Tickets are $35. Group tickets are $22. Call 561.347.3048 or visit for more information.

     South Pacific is at the Wick Theatre through Feb. 14. Tickets at or call 561.995.2333.

    The next networking event is 6 to 8 pm Jan. 18 at Yaacov Heller’s Gallery 22 in the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton. RSVP at and click on upcoming events.

     Boca police are offering a free self-defense program for women and teen girls.  The Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange, or S.A.F.E., program is a crime-victim-prevention class that educates women and teenage girls about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape and survive assaults. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and Feb. 10 at the Boca Raton Police Training Building located at 6500 Congress Ave. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. To learn more about S.A.F.E. or to register for the program, visit Enrollment is limited to 20 people per class.

     Lynn University’s Dr. Robert Watson interviews with Alan Dershowitz, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Congregation B’nai Israel benefitting the Levis JCC. Call 561.558.2520 for tickets.

     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 Republican Jewish Coalition would like to invite you to attend “Israel Under the Iran Deal: An Update on How Israel Sees the Region”, featuring Gabe Scheinmann, the Director of Policy for the Jewish Policy Center, who will be providing an update on the Iran nuclear deal after his recent trip to Israel, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, 8200 Peters Road, Plantation. There is no cost to attend; however, advance RSVP is required no later than 12:00 pm on January 19th. Please RSVP by replying to this email, or contacting us at or 561-995-9445. For security purposes, please remember to include your phone number and the names of those in your party.

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Jan. 21, 2016, 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.

     Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood is at the JCC Sandler Center, Jan. 21-Feb. 7. Call 561.558.2512 for tickets.

      Acclaimed for its ‘magic’, ‘simplicity’, and ‘compassion’, Carnival blends music, comedy, and pathos into what has been referred to as ‘America’s Magical Musical’.  Carnival will open at Margate’s Stage Door Theatre on January 22nd and run through February 28th. Tickets for Carnival 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 Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for all Stage Door productions.

     The Rolling Stones/Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert is 7:30 pm, Jan 23 at The Countess de Hoernle Theatre, Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road. Call now for best seats. 561.912.1453, or email 

     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.

     Patriot Placements and Alpine Jaguar present a free “Celebrate Our Heroes” cocktail party fundraiser to fund job placements services for our veterans and their spouses at no cost, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Jan. 28, Alpine Jaguar, 6606 N. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale. RSVP at

     Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Boca Raton Airport on Airport Road, Jan. 28-31.  Visit or call 1-800-568-8924 for more information.

     Unlikely Heroes, directed by and starring Avi Hoffman will run from January 28th through February 21st at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (2nd Floor).  The theatre is located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park (opposite Lord & Taylor).  Tickets for Unlikely Heroes are $35 (plus $4.50 S/C).  Excellent group rates (10 or more) are also available at 828-536-0963. Tickets for Unlikely Heroes can be purchased on line at, or by phone at 800-595-4849.   Performances days and times are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

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

     Prominent international human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali will provide a riveting keynote to 500 women philanthropists at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s annual Lion of Judah Luncheon on Feb. 3 at the Polo Club in Boca Raton. Born in to a Muslim family in Somalia, she questioned her faith and fled an arranged marriage to become an educated, courageous and highly respected advocate and analyst.  The luncheon couvert is $95, with a Lion level individual woman’s gift of $5,000 or above to the 2015 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign required to attend. Dietary laws will be observed. For more information, call 561.852.6058 or email

     My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will run from Feb. 4 to March 27 at the Palm Beaches Theatre (formerly Florida Stage/Plaza Theatre). Tickets are 4$40-$65 at 1.844.448.7469 or

     The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents vocalist, Sharon Ruben, Sunday, February 7, 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.

     Lawrence Dermer: From the Lower East Side to Tinsel Town will be at the JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton, 7:30 pm, Feb. 9, 16, 23 and March 1, 15.  Tickets at or call 561.558.2520.

     The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will be at the Boca Cinemark Feb. 7-10. Call 877.318.0071 or visit for tickets and schedules.

     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.

    Proving a single person can change the lives of thousands of others, Sabrina Kurzman will be honored for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) during the 26th Annual Book of Hope Luncheon on February 18, 2016. The elegant affair includes a fashion show featuring Spring and Summer collections from Saks Fifth Avenue and takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $150 per person. Those interested in attending the luncheon or wishing to become a sponsor may contact Jennifer Wieczorek by email at or by calling 561-218-2929 (#1, Ext. 2).

     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.

     Melissa Rivers is featured at the JFS Reflections of Hope Luncheon 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Mizner Center, 501 E. Camino Real. Call 561.852.3333 or email for tickets and information.

     Palm Beach County Mayor Mary Lou Berger hosts the 2016 Mayor’s Ball to benefit the Homeless Coalition Feb. 27 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The black tie gala will include a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. The theme of this year’s ball, “Be Inspired” — encourages guests to create change in the community. Tickets are $250 at Homeless Coalition’s web site,

     Pulitzer Prize-Winning Syndicated Columnist and 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.

     Jewish Family Services golf outing is March 21, 2016 at St. Andrews Country Club. Golf, cocktails, dinner and award presentations. Reservations at or call 561.852.5013.

     The 14th Annual Doggie Ball to benefit Canines & Felines, has been rescheduled to Sunday April 10, 2016 at Boca West Country Club. This is the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Tri-County Animal Rescue.  Call Erica Tricarico at (561) 482-8110 or email

     West Boca News, 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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