Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – April 13, 2016

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The Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club presents former FBI agent and International Forensic Executive Ross M. Gaffney, 11:30 a.m. April 13 at City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Rd, Boca. RSVP and register at

      Dirty Dancing is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. through April 24. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.

     Super Sunday raises $439,315 and counting for Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. More than half a million is expected for the final count.

   As a result of the Spanish River/I-95 Interchange Project, on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12 from 11pm – 5am, I-95’s mainline will undergo a vehicle “pacing” operation due to the relocation of the overhead powerlines by FPL. During this vehicle pacing period, Florida Highway Patrol will reduce vehicular speeds to about 5-10 mph. The pacing operation extends from about Sample Road to Clint Moore Road and drivers should expect delays on the mainline and at the on-ramps during this operation. Then, on Sunday, May 1st until Thursday May 5th, FDOT will be demolishing the old Spanish River Boulevard bridge over the expressway. I-95 Southbound will undergo a full mainline closure nightly from midnight until 5AM.  The FDOT approved detour route is I-95 exit Yamato Road west to Military Trail south to Palmetto Park Road and east to the expressway. Due to the volume of detour traffic, expect delays on these facilities during this operation; and Furthermore, from Sunday, May 8th – Thursday, May 12th, I- 95 Northbound will undergo a full mainline closure, nightly, midnight until 5AM as FDOT will continue to demolish the old Spanish River Boulevard Bridge. The FDOT approved detour route is I-95 exit Palmetto Park Road west to Military Trail north to Yamato Road and east to the expressway. 

     A new rule may soon take effect for businesses in Boca Raton. The city’s mayor proposed a law that would require each business in the city that sells or dispenses alcohol to clearly display at least one sign about underage drinking laws. “I think any effort to curtail underage drinking is a positive,” Boca Mayor Susan Haynie said. Haynie said she pushed for the proposal after she was approached by Teen Coalition in Action, the youth division of Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition.

     Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Wagner, newly elected president of the Florida Atlantic University Faculty Senate. The University Faculty Senate is a governance body concerned with matters of general university educational policy, including curriculum, academic calendar and schedule, admissions, registration, and degree programs. It may also consider and provide advice to the President and others on university-wide issues of general faculty concern, including university budgeting and planning and any organizational changes or policies affecting more than one campus, college, or division.

     Palm Beach County taxpayers ended up paying much of the bill for Donald Trump’s March 13 presidential campaign rally in West Boca. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office estimates that it cost about $21,000 more than Trump’s campaign paid in local event fees to provide security for the would-be Republican Party presidential nominee. The additional costs came from the Sheriff’s Office providing a beefed-up presence — in addition to the U.S. Secret Service and Trump’s private security — to watch over about 6,000 people estimated to have filled the Sunset Cove Amphitheater at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. Trump’s West Boca visit came just two days after security concerns led to him canceling a campaign rally in Chicago, where fights broke out between protesters and his supporters.

     An initial letter asking for permanent restrooms and new bleachers at soccer fields used by Florida Atlantic University and district sport leagues got a positive response from the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. Knowing two fields used jointly at FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School would be lost to a campus expansion, commissioners for the taxing authority warmed to the March 16 request by FAU director of athletics Patrick Chun. The district is funded by taxes and elected commissioners decide how the money is spent for parks, beaches and recreation. In the letter, Chun asked chairman Robert K. Rollins Jr. if the district would consider constructing a restroom at the Tom Oxley Athletics Center that now uses portable toilets. They’re not always available on busy weekends by participants or spectators. He also asked the district to replace 12- to 13-year-old bleachers at the varsity soccer field.

     Palm Beach County School Board Member Mike Murgio donated his dads Treasure to the Veterans Memorabilia Museum & Education Center of Palm Beach. Any Veterans that want to share their treasures contact the Curator of the Museum at 561-734-4527.

     23 year old Boca resident Josh Peterson, finished first among 1,500 participants in 38 minutes and 57 seconds in the key’s Seven Mile Bridge foot race.

     Christine Burres, director of operations for the Research Park at FAU, earned the International Business Innovation Association’, Business Incubation Management Certificate.

     Mooyah Burgers Burgers, Fries and Shakes plans to open a Boca Raton location, offering turkey burgers, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, shakes and salads. Mooyah has 78 restaurants in 21 states and 14 internationally.

     Inaugural Shine Like a Star Luncheon is April 13, at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33434. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. VIP reception; 11:30 a.m. Luncheon. Luncheon Couvert $100; Luncheon and VIP Reception $200. Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided to children, teens and adults with special needs at the Levis JCC. Marianne Jacobs, Director, Helene & Roy Schwedelson Special Needs Programs, 561-852-3256 • • RSVP online at

        Criminal, The Jungle Book, Sing Street and Barbershop: The Next Cut opens at the Boca Cinemark on Airport Road. Born to be Blue opens at the FAU Living Room Theatre on the FAU campus, Criminal opens at the Movies of Delray on Atlantic and Hagen Ranch Road and at the Movies of Lake Worth on Lake Worth Road. Born to be Blue opens at the Classic Gateway on Sunrise Blvd. and U.S. 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. Remember and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See movie capsules

     Same Time Next Year will run from April 15 – May 22 at Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Margate.  Tickets 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

     Just a few more weeks available to check out the Boca Raton GreenMarket, open every Saturday until May 7th, 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,  cooking demonstrations by La Paella, Chef George of M.E.A.T, take-home pizzas, and lots more.  Live music on the Piazza stage this week features Jim Kovalcik on flute and Jason Hanley on keyboards with their own special brand of music.      

   Outreach Performance Project of Boca Raton High School will host “I Rise,” an evening of dance, singing and entertainment, April 16, 2016 at the Kathryn Lindgren Theatre at Boca Raton High School at 1501 NW 15th Court, which is near the I-95 Exit to Glades.  The cost is $20 for VIP seating, $15 for general seating and $10 for students.  All proceeds go to cancer research at the Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton. The event will feature top high school and university student talent plus young professionals from the surrounding community.  The Outreach Performance Project is a nonprofit organization which brings talented dancers, singers and thespians together to raise money for local medical and health causes. For tickets and information call Maria Lasso at 561-212-3924 or  Tickets available online at

     With so many reasons to celebrate, PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County is ordering a gigantic birthday cake for their third birthday party.  Everyone is invited for tons of free family fun, and more than 1,000 guests are expected on April 17, between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Sunset Pavilion in South County Regional Park, Boca Raton. Families are invited to attend PJ’s Third Birthday Party at no charge, but advance registration is available at; families who pre-register will receive two free raffle tickets for an iPad Mini. To learn more about the event or about PJ Library, contact Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at or 561.852.6080.

     Elyssa Kupferberg and the late Irving Eckhardt will be honored 6 pm April 18 at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Pl, Boca Raton. The Reception couvert is $65 per person, and dietary laws will be observed. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561.852.3188 or

     Evening Star Productions will present Peter Gordon’s comedic send-up of classic ‘whodounnits’, Murdered to Death, from April 14th through May 1st at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  (There will be a preview performance on April 14th). All performances will be at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $20 ($10 for students with valid ID). Tickets by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at Group rates are available. Sol Theatre is at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431). For more information about Evening Star Productions contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 / or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is April 21, 2016, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tulipe Café, Boca Grove Shopping Center on Powerline Road between Glades and Palmetto Park Roads. $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 best Billy Joel Tribute band, Turnstiles will be in concert, 7 pm. at the Boca Black Box Theatre, 8221 Glades Road, #10. Tickets at

     Nearly 800 local runners are expected to turn out later this month for the annual Run From the Rays 5K event at the Spanish River Athletic Complex in Boca Raton. Set to begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, the Run From the Rays attraction hopes to continue its strong impact on the various charities it supports in the area. During its three previous years, approximately $100,000 has been raised in the fight against skin cancer. Register at the site.

     Vowing, “Never again,” the South Palm Beach County Jewish and Christian communities will walk together in solidarity in commemoration of the Holocaust at the March of Remembrance on Sunday, May 1, 2016, a few days before Yom HaShoah, (Holocaust Memorial Day). Hundreds of participants will gather at 3:00 pm for brief welcoming remarks in the Boca Raton Christian School’s gymnasium (470 NW 4th Avenue). Hundreds of community members will join Holocaust survivors, their families and their supporters to march together on the streets of Boca Raton, beginning at 3:15 PM. Their destination will be Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (333 SW 4th Avenue) for a meaningful Holocaust Remembrance program at 4:00 pm. The march is approximately half a mile; a complementary return shuttle bus will bring marchers back to the Boca Raton Christian School parking lot following the Yom HaShoah program.

     All women in the Jewish community are invited to attend a spring education event, hosted by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County on Tuesday morning, May 10.  The breakfast program will feature author Sima Goel, whose book, Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, chronicles her journey to achieve personal freedom. The event will be held at Federation’s Zinman Hall at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard in Boca Raton. Registration will begin at 9:30 am, and the $45 couvert includes breakfast, with dietary laws observed. For additional information or to RSVP, women may call Frannie Watt at 561.852.6058 or email

     Technology Business 3Cinteractive, a mobile marketing company with 100 employees was named Business of the Year, Jim Dunn,JM Lexus general manager was named Business Leader of the Year and Rose and Joe Martin, owners of Allegiance Home Health was named Small Business Leaders of the Year by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, to be honored May 20 at the Chamber’s annual luncheon May 20 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Mizner Center, 501 E. Camino Real, which is open to the public and Chamber members. Tickets are $75. Call 561.395.4433 or visit

   The 2016/2017 Broadway series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts include Cinderella, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Something Rotten!, Matilda and Finding Neverland. More info at

     Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal, Boca Life Magazine, New Times 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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