Published On: Wed, Jan 27th, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Jan. 27, 2016

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            Voters will decide in August whether the salaries of Boca Raton’s elected officials should be quadrupled. In a 4-1 vote with Scott Singer dissenting, the City Council agreed to place a referendum on the August ballot that would link the mayor’s and council members’ salaries to those of Palm Beach County commissioners. The mayor’s annual pay would rise from $9,000 to $38,355.20. When presented to voters, the language will say the mayor’s higher salary would equal 40 percent of the salary of Palm Beach County commissioners. Each council member’s salary would increase from $7,200 to $28,766.40. That would equal 30 percent of a county commissioner’s pay. If voters approve it, the change would take effect in October.

     Palm Beach County could be required to refund nearly $3.3 million in federal disaster-relief funding it received for hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. County commissioners voted Tuesday to pay back $341,857 to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

     There are many IT guys out there but have you heard of one who works on destroyers? Carey Mason takes care of all your virus infected computers as well as sells equipment. His email is, his website is and his phone is 954-695-5429. He can fix it remotely too. His motto is: Save the day – Save the Data, so let him be your Department of Defense!

     Boca Raton Museum of Art Executive Director Irvin Lippman has been named the outstanding cultural leader as an honoree at the 2016 Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Muse Awards. Lippman arrived in Boca as a six-month interim appointee by the museum board in February 2014, after the former director left. He had retired, mostly recently as director of the art museum in Fort Lauderdale, and had moved to Texas. But once back here, he never left.

     Manufacturing giants Johnson Controls and Tyco International plan to merge in another example of a controversial tax inversion, creating an industrial conglomerate with $32 billion in annual revenue. The deal marks the latest occurrence of a corporate inversion, in which a U.S.-based company acquires a foreign firm and switches its headquarters to the foreign firm’s home to lower its tax bill.

     Eagles Landing Middle School science teacher Jerry O’Donnell is $10,000 richer after winning an award for his invention. He invented the Nebutyre, a device to help people without electricity administer their nebulizer treatment. He came up with the idea two years ago while attending a professional development seminar at MIT.

     Waterstone Resort & Marina Receives Esteemed AAA Four Diamond Hotel Status, joining The Boca Resort & Club, Boca Raton Beach Club and the Delray Marriott earning the second best status. While there are a total of 1,587 Four Diamond hotels nationwide, only 0.4 percent of the 28,000 AAA-approved hotels earn a Five Diamond rating. Palm Beach County has three: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Palm Beach and The Breakers, all of which have retained the status for 2016.

     Pack On The Go is not your average moving company. They are a concierge full service, packaging, shipping moving and delivery company at affordable pricing. Their goal is to stand above the rest, by offering professional packing and moving assistance. Call 561.498.7801 for a free quote.

     Luxury home builder Toll Brothers has launched a second series of the Heritage collection home designs at the Royal Palm Polo on Jog Road in Boca, offering single family homes ranging from 3,500 sq. ft. to more than 4,700 sq. ft. in one and two story designs, and Signature collection homes of 4,800 sq. ft. to over 7,000 sq. ft. with prices starting at about $1 million.

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     If you’ve never seen a B-17 Flying Fortress or a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, there’s still a chance to tour them and talk to the real fliers.Wings of Freedom is bringing three World War II aircraft into Signature Flight Support, 3300 Airport Drive, at the Boca Raton Airport. The planes include a P-51 Mustang and will be on display from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29, 30 and 31. Admission at the gate is $12 for adults or $6 for children younger than 12. You can even arrange a flight on the planes. Call 800-568-8924 or see the foundation’s tour flight coordinator, Jamie Mitchell, at the airport.

     Beth Ami Congregation, 1401 NW 4th Ave. Boca Raton, presents a new weekly program, Current Events and Conversation with an emphasis on Israel and the Jewish people, moderated by Alan Bergstein on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25., Open To: All Beth Ami Members, Guests and Friends at no charge subject to security check at the door. Please contact the office for registration: 561-347-0031.

     Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood is at the JCC Sandler Center, to Feb. 7. $20, VIP $25, A&L Gold Members: $15, A&L Platinum Members: Free. Call 561.558.2512 for tickets.

         The Finest Hours opens at the Boca Cinemark. Son of Saul and 45 years opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres which also opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth, Joy and Daddy’s home opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules at

      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 is at Margate’s Stage Door Theatre 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.

          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. Live music on the Piazza stage this week features the Sheffield Brothers and Phil Scruton who have been performing their special diversified musical repertoire, something for everyone, for over 20 years.

     Violet, presented by the SlowBurn Theatre Company runs to Feb. 7 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale. Call

     The Book of Mormon is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, through Feb. 7. Call 954.462.0222 for tickets or visit

      Glenn Miller will be performing his Comedy Hypnosis Show 8 pm Jan.30 at the Boca Black Box Theatre, 8221 Glades Rd. Suite 10, Boca Raton. Tickets at 561.483.9036. Check out Also available for corporate events, private bookings, etc. Call 561.852.0000 for details.

      Other Desert Cities is at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach, Jan. 30 – Feb. 14. For reservations, call The Delray Beach Playhouse Box Office at (561) 272-1281 Ext. 4. Tickets are $30.00. [Student tickets are half-priced.]

       The South Florida Fair runs to Jan. 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.

    “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.

     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.

       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

    Acclaimed international human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali will provide the keynote to 500 women philanthropists at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s annual Lion of Judah Luncheon. The annual event will take place Feb. 3 at the Polo Club in Boca Raton. For more information, call (561) 852-6058 or email

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Entertainment Series at Spanish River High School Theater. The series consists of 3 more shows, 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.

     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.

    A tribute to the musicians who put the Big Band era on the map will lead off the first Big Band Concert Series in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park. King Guys, The Smallest Big Band, will salute Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and more in a 90-minute show at 2 p.m. Jan. 31. Troy Anderson and his Wonderful World Band will perform a Louis Armstrong Tribute at 2 p.m. Feb. 28. The Latin jazz band Orquesta Nostalgia will return to the Willow at 2 p.m. April 24. Tickets for all three are $60 purchased in one transaction or $25 per person per show at or call the box office at 561-347-3948.

     Take a break from the cold snap and warm up at the Café de’Cave February 3rd, 4th and 5th in the WOLD Studio Theater. Lynn Drama will present a Valentines musical review that is sure to warm you up and get you ready for spring. Reserve seats now through the Lynn Box Office 561-237-900 or on line at  Show times are Feb 3rd at 7:30 pm, Feb 4th at 12:30 and 7:30 pm and Feb 5th at 7:30 pm. The tickets are $10 to the general public and free to faculty, staff and students.

      West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Feb. 4, 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.

     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.   Sharon is a dramatic Broadway entertainer with music of the streets of Broadway to sold-out cabaret venues of New York. 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.    

      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

     Women’s Minyan will run for one performance, only Feb. 3rd, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Torah in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $36 ($25 for congregational members), and may be purchased by calling 561-392-8566 or on line at  Group rates are available. For more information about Women’s Minyan or Shari Upbin, please contact Carol Kassie at / 561-445-9244.

     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.

     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.

     A groundbreaking evening is in store on February 9, 2016 as nine remarkable local Jewish women take the stage at this year’s Night of Inspiration at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Center. 20101 Lyons Rd. at 7:00 pm. Each of these professionals is a significant leader in South Palm Beach County’s Jewish community, and each has an inspiring, unique perspective on Jewish life and leadership. To register, or for more information, visit or contact the rabbi at 561.852.3173 or

    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.    

          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. 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.

     Junior League of Boca Raton presents Flavors of Boca, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Addison, 2 East Camino Real. Tickets are $50 in advance to Feb. 1 and $65 after Feb. 1. VIP tickets are $125. RSVP at or call 561.620.2553 for sponsorship opportunities.

     Rock of Stages, a tribute to Rock Musicals is at the JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton, 7:30 pm Feb. 13. Call 561.558.2512 for info.

     Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was portrayed by Will Smith in Concussion, and the first doctor to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in NFL athletes, will be at the FAU LifeLong Learning Society auditorium, 5353 Parkside Drive, PA-134, Jupiter, 7 pm Feb. 16. Fee is $65. Call 561.799.8547 or register at

      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.

     Free smoking cessation program is at the Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road, Boca, 6:30-8:30 pm Feb. 17. Call 561.483.5100 X 105.

     Alan Bergstein debates Rabbi Barry Silver 7pm, Feb. 17 regarding the upcoming Presidential elections at L’Dor Va’Dor Synagogue, 3475 Woolbright Rd. Suite, #19, Boynton Beach (Village Square Shopping Center), followed by Q and A. All are invited, no charge or registration. Proper decorum requested.

     What is next for Israel and America – Assessing the past to secure our future is the talk by Laura Blumenfeld, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a best-selling author, who has seen the Israeli-Arab conflict from all angles, 7 pm Feb. 17 at Zinman Hall 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton. RSVP is required to attend. VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY ONTO CAMPUS. For more information, contact 561.852.6022 or

    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.

     “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,”  Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Tony Award nominated musical comedy, will run February 25th-28th in the Boca Community High School Kathryn Lindgren Theater five performances: February 25-27, at 2 and7 pm; call (561) 338-1533 or go to for tickets.

     Faulk Center for Counseling presents Psychodrama to raise awareness about Mental Health, 5 pm Feb. 25, minimum fee $5. Call 561-483-5300 x105.

     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.

     The P&P professional division networking happy hour is 6 pm March 8 at Davinci’s of Boca, 6000 Glades Road (Town Center of Boca Raton). $18 per person, includes cocktails and Light hors’doevres. To register visit:, call 561.852.3128 or email:

     The 21st Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Student Showcase of Films is 9:30 a.m., March 11 at Lynn University’s’ Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca. $11,500 in Awards! Celebrity Presenters! Student Film Clips! Paparazzi! Film School Exhibits! RSVP by March 4th by calling 561.233.1000.

     The 8th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities is 10 am to 3 pm March 12 in Spanish River Park on A1A in Boca Raton. Mobility Mats on the sand make the beach accessible for folks in wheelchairs. Thanks to the kindness of the membership of Boca’s own Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, half hour boat rides on the Intracoastal will be one of the event’s most popular offerings. Guest will also receive complimentary admission and parking at Spanish River Park, thanks to the City of Boca Raton, a free BBQ lunch, a nonstop concert with numerous performing and recording artists, DJ’s providing dance music in various park locations, and a dozen costumed action heroes – including Captain America, Spiderman, Superman, Snow White and many others. A perennial favorite therapy ponies and service dogs will be there mixing with guests as well. Even Ronald McDonald will be on hand to delight youngsters with his magic tricks. A significant feature of the event will be the 30+ exhibitors drawn from across the full spectrum of disability goods and services, on hand to provide information and counseling for caregivers, family members and those with challenges. Supported by a year-round Planning Committee of 30 local volunteers, the ranks of the Bash swell to nearly 500 volunteers the weekend of the event. “We are a totally grass-roots, community-driven organization,” says Van Vechten. “Our volunteers come from local high schools and colleges, civic groups, corporations, churches and synagogues. If folks have the stamina for a full day on their feet, we’ve got a place for them,” he says. Deductible Contributions are now being accepted by the Bash’s not-for-profit-sponsor, the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3). Send checks to the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., PO BOX 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429. If you prefer to make a donation on line, visit the Bash website,, where there is a direct link to PayPal.

     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.

    A f ree Young at Heart Women’s Expo is 9 am to 2 pm March 31, 2016 at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Call 954.574.5341.

     A Concert for the Children starring the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with the Symphony of the Americas and a tribute to Natalie Cole. Also, featuring the Atlantic City Boys, sponsored by The Boca West Foundation is 6 pm April 5, on the great lawn at Boca West Country Club. $175 per person to benefit childrens’ charities.  To purchase tickets, please call Debbie Corso at 561.852.3142, email or visit

       The Palm Beach International Film Festival is April 6 – April 14, 2016. See for schedules and tickets.

     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, South Florida Business Journal, Boca Life Magazine 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; 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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