Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Page Two: Barry’s Buzz – April 27, 2016    

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     Matthew Modine walked over from his aunt Alice Modine’s house to the Whole Foods in the University Commons shopping center on Glades Road. “I walk 10 miles a day,” he said, checking his Fitbit. The 57-year-old actor known for his roles in “Full Metal Jacket” and “Vision Quest” was in town for a visit before moving on to New York for the world premiere of his 7-minute short film “Super Sex” at the Tribeca Film Festival. The latest of his short films in his other persona as a filmmaker, stars Ed Asner, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins and the Modines’ grown daughter, Ruby. Modine talked about his filmmaking and acting careers and what he’s up to now.

     Contingency plans for more ball fields in Boca Raton are tentatively being examined, in case the city won’t allow four more fields at Spanish River Athletic Facility at de Hoernle Park. The park’s second phase was announced in February 2014. But an agreement never happened between the city, which owns the land, and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. The district used taxpayer money to develop the park. Phase II at a cost of $7 million calls for more ball fields, a field building, restrooms, bleachers and related amenities. The subject will go before the Boca Raton City Council, but hasn’t been put on a meeting agenda yet.

      Nobody quite knew what to expect when the city’s new Community Advisory Panel met for the first time. All but Palm Beach State College student president Jon Carter were seasoned volunteers from four disbanded city advisory groups. They stepped up to fill all 11 openings and were appointed by the Boca Raton City Council last February. So everyone knew what the goals would be as they assembled around a table for the first CAP meeting April 14 in the Boca Raton Community Center Annex, where the next meeting is set for 6 p.m. May 12.

     Arnold Newman: Master Class” just opened at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, featuring Marilyn Monroe like you’ve never seen her before, Igor Stravinsky at his piano and glimpses of urban and Florida exteriors as seen through the lens of iconic American photographer Arnold Newman. “I want people to go close up to the works. You have to get right up to it,” said visiting curator William Ewing of Lausanne, Switzerland, former director of exhibitions for the International Center of Photography in New York. Before the April 21 opening, he showed the museum’s docents through the exhibit. It was hung by the museum’s own curator of contemporary art Kathleen Goncharov. “It’s a lovely space. I’m very happy,” Ewing said.

     James Tracy, a former Florida Atlantic University professor known for suggesting the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax, has filed a lawsuit against the university for wrongful termination and violation of his right to free speech. The lawsuit was filed in federal court Monday and names as defendants the university, its Board of Trustees members, Florida Atlantic’s president and other administrators, as well as members of the faculty union that once provided him with legal representation.

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is May 5, 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.

     Mother’s Day, Sing Street, Ratchet and Clark and Keanu opens at the Boca Cinemark on Airport Road. Miles Ahead opens at the FAU Living Room Theatre on the FAU campus, Mother’s Day opens at the Movies of Delray on Atlantic and Hagen Ranch Road and the Movies of Lake Worth, which also opens Papa: Hemingway in Cuba on Lake Worth Road, east of the Turnpike.  Sing Street and Diva opens at the Classic Gateway on Sunrise Blvd. and U.S. 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. Boss and Demolition opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac.

     Same Time Next Year will run to 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

    Participants in the LUNGevity Breathe Deep Fun Run in Boca Raton are hitting the pavement Saturday to let people know lung cancer is not just a “smokers’ disease.” The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, located at 11200 Park Access Road. The goal of the event is twofold: to raise money for lung cancer research efforts and to raise awareness about the disease. Registration will remain open until the start of the event. It costs $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The event is free for lung cancer survivors and children under 5. Saturday’s event is wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly. To register, visit

     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.       

     Evening Star Productions will present Peter Gordon’s comedic send-up of classic ‘whodounnits’, Murdered to Death through May 1st 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 /

     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.

     In celebration of National Military Appreciation Month, honoring the men and women of our armed forces, the Navy Band Southeast Wind Ensemble will present a free concert on May 1, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, west of Boca Raton.

     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

     WPTV Channel 5 NBC affiliate anchor Michael Williams will be the guest at the 11:30 am May 11 lunch seminar of the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club at City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike. RSVP at

     10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s will be presented by Chris Dragomer, MSW & Patient Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association 5 pm May 11 Free at Advanced Dentistry South Florida, 15340 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. Reservations are limited. Call 561.404.1079 to reserve a seat.

      Luxury Chamber networking is 6 to 8 pm at Davincis of Boca in Town Center. Early bird tickets at

      Jan McArt and Lynn University present Karen Mason Live at Lynn, 7:30 p.m. May 18 in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at the Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center. To reserve tickets and a listing of upcoming performances visit

      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

      David P. Samson, president of the Miami Marlins will be the speaker at the B & P networking breakfast, 8 a.m. May 24 at Zinman Hall on the Federation Campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd.  To register visit: For more information, contact Sonni Simon at 561.852.3128 or

     Christina Applegate will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Go Pink luncheon to benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Save the date: October 21, 2016.

   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.

   Sun-Sentinel, 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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