Published On: Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Barry’s Buzz – July 13, 2016

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       Office Depot will hold a shareholder’s meeting 9 a.m. July 13 at the Boca Marriott Hotel, the first after the breakup of the proposed merger with Staples.

     The Boca Raton based monthly restaurant trade newspaper, Today’s Restaurant is celebrating its twentieth year of publishing in July. Howard Appell, publisher and founder said “I think it’s quite an accomplishment for us to have lasted twenty years in print. We have adjusted our model to include internet editions and informational services as well.” Today’s Restaurant is read by the owners, managers and chefs of restaurants all around the states of Florida and Georgia. “Weekly stories are now being posted on our website to keep up with the tempo of the industry” said Appell   Companies who provide a service or product to restaurants looking for advertising information can visit the website to see the Media Kit and you can sign up for a free subscription there as well. For more information call 561 620-8888.

      Boca Raton resident Carmel Baronoff, wife of former Boca City Councilman Peter Baronoff, has her own 13 week lifestyle show, “Living Well with Carmel,” catering to baby boomers who think life ends after 50, airing on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on WPBT Channel 2, an committed to national airing on PBS in the fall to 60 million homes nationwide. A chef and former fitness instructor, she shares adventurous activities for the first time to show her audience, no matter how old you get, it’s never too late to do something unexpected. She also interviews celebrity baby boomers about life after the spotlight, including Tony Dow, Tina Louise, Ben Stein and Romero Britto.

     Charles Posternack M.D. has been appointed chief medical officer of Boca Raton-based Promise Healthcare, the company announced. Promise Healthcare operates 20 long-term care facilities in eight states, including three in Florida. Posternack was previously chief medical officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

     Whole Foods Market Boca Raton Donated Five Hundred Thousand Pounds of Food To Boca Helping Hands since opening five years ago.

     The 2016 Summer Olympics will kick off Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But before heading to the summer games, Olympic men’s soccer teams from Argentina and Colombia will play a practice match at Florida Atlantic University, and Canada’s synchronized swimming duet will train at Boca Raton Community High School. Argentina’s Olympic men’s soccer team will arrive in Boca on Monday and stay through July 25. The team will play against the Olympic finalist team from Colombia at 7 p.m. July 21 at FAU Stadium. Then on July 24, Argentina will take on Haiti’s national team at 5 p.m., also at the stadium, located at 777 Glades Road. Call 1-866-FAU-OWLs or got to for tickets.

     Here are some good inexpensive ways to spend the lazy days of summer for the entire family. Take the Diva Duck Tour out of City Place in West Palm Beach, 561-844-4188 and spend the day on the Water Taxi out of Ft. Lauderdale stopping at many landmarks where you can get on and off.  Call 954-467-6677.

    Palm Beach County is holding steady on its property tax rate, but home owners will pay more because of higher values. The Palm Beach County Commission set a proposed tax rate of $4.78 per $1,000 of assessed value, the same rate as this past year. That’s about 6.7 percent higher than the rolled-back rate, which would generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year. Taxable values rose across the county, meaning tax bills are higher unless local governments lower the tax rate. The rate would generate $789.6 million in revenue — about $59.6 million more than the past budget year.

     Catch Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, which will be available for public viewing from July 8 through August 5 during the Downtown Library’s regular hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm, Friday–Saturday, 9:00 am–6:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 noon–6:00 pm.

     The Infiltrator (opens today), and Ghostbusters opens at the Boca and Boynton Cinemarks. The Innocents opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Ghostbusters, Infiltrator, Tickled and Hunt for Wilder People opens at the Classic Gateway. Our Kind of Traitor, Central Intelligence and Warcraft opens at the Last Picture show.

      Flights of the Conchords at Mizner :Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will be at Mizner at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Special guest comedian Arj Barker will also perform. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A limited number of VIP parking available next to the amphitheater for $20. Free parking is available at city hall and the downtown libraries

      The Soul of Motor City will run to July 19 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

          Summer in the City: Music and Movies Under the Stars will run through Aug. 19 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton. On nights with free concerts, the event will start at 7:30 p.m., Movies are set to begin at 8 p.m. Here’s a list of the free performances and movie showings: July 22: David Bowie tribute by Stardust Memories; July 29: Bob Marley tribute by Ruffhouse; Aug. 5: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showing; Aug. 12: Eagles tribute by The Long Run; Aug. 19: The Symphonia.

     Broadway Bound will run to August 14 at Stage Door Theatre at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate. Tickets for Broadway Bound 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

      At least 17 master chefs will staff the grills to vie for judges and people’s choice winners at the fifth annual Boca Burger Battle July 16 in downtown Boca Raton’s Sanborn Square, 27 N. Federal Hwy. Tickets and times are 6 p.m. opening for VIPs at $75 for unlimited food. wine and beer or 7 p.m. opening at $50 general admission for unlimited food and three drink tickets for wine and beer at; the event lasts until 10 p.m.

       The next Luxury Chamber network is 6 to 8 pm, July 18 at Perla Lichi Design 7381 W. Sample Rd. Coral Springs. Early Bird tickets until July 1, $15. $30 at the door cash only for non-members only. Free for members. RSVP:

     The next Boca Raton Tribune network group is 6 to 7:30, July 19 at Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd. Boca Raton. Tickets are $15, RSVP at

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is July 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 561.702.0000.     

     Get a taste of local handcrafted beers and learn about the entrepreneurs at the South Florida Technology Alliance’s “Internet of Beers” event from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21. The event will be at Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway, which mentors technology-based startup companies, at 901 NW 35th St., near Research Park at FAU. The networking event will feature craft brewers including Cooperpoint Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach, Barrel of Monks Brewing, a Belgium-style beer made in Boca Raton, and Khoffner Hand-Crafted Ales & Lagers in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $15 for SFTA members and $25 for non-members.

     The Business & Professional Division has a networking happy hour 6 pm July 26 at New York Prime, 2350 Executive Center Drive. $25 per person. Register at or call 852.3128 or visit

     A tech startup pitch event and networking event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 27 at Cendyn Spaces, 980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Local tech startups will be given up to three minutes each to pitch their concepts to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists will be able to ask questions after each pitch. Admission is $15. To attend the event, register at

     The second annual Boca Raton Mayor Ball is Oct. 8 at Broken Sound Country Club, honoring Christine E. Lynn, Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca Helping Hands with coveted George E. Long Awards. The event is co-chaired by Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton members Jon A. Kaye, immediate Club past president who served as the founding chair of the inaugural 2015 Mayors Ball and Club member Constance J. Scott. The 2016 Mayors Ball Honorary Chair is Former Mayor Bill T. Smith. Honorary Advisors include Mayor Susan Haynie, Former Mayors Susan Whelchel and Steven Abrams who currently serves as a Palm Beach County Commissioner; Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Michael Mullaugh and Council Members Robert Weinroth, Jeremy Rodgers and Scott Singer. For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, visit or contact Jon A. Kaye at 561-392-5166 or Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email

     Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach and her husband Andrew Shue will be the keynote speakers at the 13th Annual Go Pink luncheon to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Save the date: October 21, 2016. 

     The Fourth Annual Hope Bash Boca is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Boca West Country Club. For sponsorship opportunities and additional event information, visit Tickets will be available for purchase online late summer.

     Woman of the Year Luncheon is Nov. 18 at the Boca Resort & Club with fashion show by Saks Fifth Ave. Tickets and info at or 620.2553.

      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

    The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl game will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Florida Atlantic University Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. It will be the third annual bowl game for FAU.

      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. 



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