Published On: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – Feb. 3, 2016

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Staples pushed back its merger with Office Depot to May.

      Though considered the solution to Boca Raton’s most intractable traffic woes, the new Interstate 95 interchange could create fresh problems for drivers. When the interchange opens next year in Boca, it will create more congestion on Spanish River Boulevard, a road that’s already reaching capacity .

       Elad National Properties has submitted preliminary plans to the city for yet another reimagining of what it wants to build on the site of Mizner on the Green on Southeast Mizner Boulevard. The latest proposal, named Mizner 200, calls for one all-residential building with about 384 luxury condo units on the nearly nine-acre site. In a significant departure from past proposals, this project would be nine stories, or 100 feet, tall – exactly in line with the city’s height limits for that part of downtown. Mizner on the Green’s 18, three-story buildings with 246 rental units would be demolished.

     DNA-strand pathways, solar system models and submarine periscopes are part of what will make the science playground at Sugar Sand Park the finest facility of its nature in the country. District commissioners committed nearly a half-million dollars to start work on the playground at 300 S. Military Trail. The existing playground at the park was built by community volunteers in 1995 and has since been a cause for concern regarding safety and accessibility for the disabled.  The new design will incorporate activities for children of all ages and abilities. New materials will make the playground safer and will require less maintenance. The district set aside $1.15 million for the project, which will be completed in three phases. It’s slated for completion in the fall.

    A 1.7 million purse and golf pros from Ben Crenshaw to Hale Irwin are expected to bring thousands of spectators out to the Old Course at Broken Sound again for the 2016 Allianz Championship through Feb. 7. General admission $20; free admission children 16 and younger and adults 70 and older; weekend grounds pass $55; VIP and skybox seating $50 to $150; VIP Celebrity Cruises Slush Lounge $75 on Feb. 5.

     YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s board of directors named Tim Devlin as chief volunteer officer, taking over from Charles Deyo. Devlin is a partner and tax services leader for Daszkal Bolton.

     Home furnishing retailer Clive Daniel Home has opened at 1351 Boca Raton Blvd, featuring 70,000 sq. ft. and two floors showcasing luxury designer furniture pieces. The showroom will employ over 30 people and include a community room for up to 60 people for educational and community events.

     Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has hired Craig Shelby as their newest franchise operations manager to educate and assist all U.S. francisees.

     Circleback Lending is expanding from 15,000 sq. ft. to 42,000 sq. ft. in the same complex, Boca Colonnade 1, 777 Yamato Road.

     Three student housing buildings, University View, Square and Park, with 900 beds in Boca have sold for a combined $105.2 million.

      Tens of thousands of blacktip sharks are back in South Florida’s waters as part of their annual winter migration. The sharks normally spend between mid-January to mid-March off the South Florida coast in search of warmer water and food.

     Reborning is at the Black Box Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st st. Delray Beach through Feb. 14. Tickets are $30, $40 and $45. Call 561.450.8151 or visit

      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.

     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

      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.

       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.

    Singles can improve their online dating profile by going to

     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. 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.

   Lynn University political professor Robert Watson has some free upcoming lectures: One Day University at the West Palm Beach Convention Center, “The 2016 Campaign” Feb. 6, 2:50 PM-; Free program at Lynn University, Watson interview with President Truman’s Grandson at Lynn University, Feb. 9, 11:00 AM; Boca JCC, Watson lecture on the Holocaust, Feb. 24, 7:30 PM,

     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.

         Hail Caesar! The Choice and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens at the Boca Cinemark. Theeb opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres.  Hail Caesar! opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale, the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth, which also opens Room. Carol 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.

     Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday on CBS.

     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

     Beth Ami Congregation presents Raphaella Segal, Assistant Mayor of Kedumim, doctor, lecturer and one of the founders of this Samarian community. Self-sacrifice and Bravery in the Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria of Today in the Spirit of the Maccabeans of the Past. A leading Member and Founder of Kedumim will brief audiences on recent events in Israel and their ramifications on the communities in Judea and Samaria. Ms. Segal will speak about recent events in Israel – putting them in historical context – while telling the story of those in Kedumim who meet the difficulties with pride and determination. An Eyewitness to History: From South Africa to Tel Aviv to Kedumim, Sunday February 7, 2015 at 3 PM. $10 per person. Security Check In – Photo ID’s required. Reservations Necessary: Call 561 -347-0031.

      Other Desert Cities is at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW 9th St. Delray Beach to 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.]

    “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.

     Unlikely Heroes, directed by and starring Avi Hoffman will run 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 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.    

      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).

     Arlene Herson is the Master of Ceremonies for the Showtime Entertainment Series at Spanish River High School Theater. The series consists of 2 more shows, 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.

   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.

     Grease is at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Feb. 25, 27, 28. VIP seating; $36, Reserved Seating: $25, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free. Tickets at or call 561.558.2512.

     “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.

     Scott Kirkpatrick, President and COO, General Assembly speaks 6:30 to 7:30 pm Feb. 25 at the Lynn University Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25. Purchase online at or call 561.237.9000. Valet parking, $10 (cash only). Free parking in the H lot, formerly the North lot.

     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,

      A tribute to the musicians who put the Big Band era on the map will Big Band Concert Series in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park. 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 are $25 per person per show at or call the box office at 561-347-3948.

     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:

     Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora & Delia Ephron is at the Levis JCC Sandler Center, March 10-13. This intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman uses clothing and accessories as a time capsule of a woman’s life to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. VIP Seating: $36, General Admission: $25, A&L Gold Members: $23, A&L Platinum Members: Free.

     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 free 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 Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival benefitting the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is Bacchanalia 7 pm April 8th and Vintner dinners April 9th at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Vintner dinners at various residences in Boca Raton. Cost is $125 for the Bacchanalia and $325 for Vintner dinners. Tickets at or call 561.395.6766 Ext. 101.

     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

     Sincere condolences to the family of Flossy Keesely, champion of the Arts, born in Vienna, Austria on April 18, 1914 and died Jan. 28 at the age of 101.

     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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