Published On: Tue, Aug 30th, 2016

Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 31, 2016   

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    Congratulations to all the winners in Tuesday’s primary election.

     Labor Day weekend will be the last time for a while that visitors to Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park will be allowed to ride the iconic carousel. Park officials plan to close the ride for three weeks starting Sept. 6 and reopen it the week of Sept. 26, though they have not committed to a date. The opening will depend on the work and weather. Crews will be taking apart the carousel, at 300 S. Military Trail, to fix its inner workings. The $24,800 repairs are necessary to make sure the carousel is safe. The district says it has chosen to wait until after Labor Day to close the carousel because of its popularity over holiday weekends. Riders are not in danger, but the district is taking a proactive measure to prevent accidents, injuries and long-term closure of the ride.

     Preparing cities for gun violence, natural disasters and the Zika virus is among Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s top priorities as she steps into her new role as president of the Florida League of Cities. More than 400 city leaders from across the state elected Haynie to the one-year gig with the league, which promotes self-government at the local level. She was inducted into the position last week. Haynie says she plans to roll out a “Safe Cities, Safe Florida” initiative aimed at providing city leaders with training, resources and partnerships to ensure they are equipped to handle tragedy before it strikes.

      Emily Gentile filed for the open Boca City Council seat currently held by term limited Michael Mullagh.

     Local Thanks, an operating company of Loyalty SuperStore announced a marketing partnership with Today’s Restaurant News. TRN is the go to source for the Florida and Georgia restaurant and food service industry. Local Thanks is building a platform of marketing services for restaurants in those two states specifically tailored for TRN. It is about time that restaurants do more with coupons than only promote a single visit and our Local Thanks platform is all about frequency. TRN will introduce this new platform in September at both the Georgia and Florida restaurant shows. . It is an outreach program from the restaurant to existing and new customers, virtually grabbing them by the collar and bring them into the restaurant. The market platform includes a private branded mobile app, coupon website, customer incentives, social media, email, text and push messaging. It includes a cash back internet mall that is funded by over 1200 national merchants that their customers shop at every day. It even includes an interactive scratch off program and virtual punch card that promotes repeat visits.

      Boca Raton’s Planning & Zoning board has approved a site plan for Lynn University, clearing the way for a new student center and adding more parking and pedestrian walkways to the Boca Raton campus. The three-story, 65,267-square-foot building will be in the middle campus.

     Rick Newman is known for his lavish Halloween and Christmas laser light displays in the Old Floresta neighborhood, and a robot collection he shares, lately with Boca Raton Elementary School. So he said he felt compelled to put out a frank assessment of his failing health this time last year. Now Newman has announced he went from terminal cancer to remission.

    Plans were initially OK’d for 90 rental townhouses that would be the fourth housing project approved to revitalize the former Arvida Park of Commerce office complex, transforming the area into a living space with nearby jobs that don’t require a commute. The Boca Raton Planning & Zoning Board has approved the master and site plans to allow for residential development at 950 NW Broken Sound Blvd. The complex is on 4.96 vacant acres in the renamed Parc at Broken Sound. The site plan is the fifth proposed under the city’s Planned Mobility ordinances passed in December 2012. The site calls for 12, three-story residential buildings with seven building types, and a 4,083-square-foot clubhouse. The two- and three-bedroom units are planned at 1,183 to 1,582 square feet

     The Light Between Oceans, Yoga Hosers and Morgan opens at the Boca and Boynton Cinemarks. Mia Madre opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres. Mia Madre, The Light Between Oceans  and Yoga Hosers (Friday Only) opens at the Classic Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale. Café Society and Pete’s Dragon opens at the Last Picture Show in Tamarac. See

     CareerSource Palm Beach has a hospitality job fair 1 to 4 pm Aug. 31 at Palm Beach State College Humanities and Technology Building HT103, 801 Palm Beach State College Drive, Boca Raton.

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Sept. 8, 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.

  Shark Tank’s Daymond John, Celebrity Motivational Speaker is at FAU Carol & Barry Kaye performing Arts Auditorium at FAU Student Union, 7 pm Sept. 8. Tickets at 561.297.2471 or visit

        Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club will feature Jeff Dawson, AIPAC’s Florida Deputy Director on BDS: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at City Fish Market, Glades Road and the Turnpike. RSVP at Former CNN reporter Susan Candiotti will speak on Thursday, Oct. 13.As an extra added attraction, TV’s Nancy Grace will speak and have her new book signing too on October 14. Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski will speak for the first time since his incarceration on November 9 and California political comedian Eric Golub will speak on Dec.14.

         Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lively cocktail reception at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s PAC kick off membership drive at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 NW 19th St. Boca Raton on September 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm, including passed hors d’oeuvres and a number of stations, with dietary laws observed, at a couvert of $60 for PAC members or $75 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561-852-3188. To RSVP, professionals and guests may visit<> or contact Shielle Traverso at 561.852.3114 or

     FAU School of the Arts Department of Theatre and Dance present Ominium Gatherum Sept 30-Oct. 9, Studio One Theatre, FAU Boca Campus, 777 Glades Rd. Tickets: $12-$20. Call1.800.563.9539 or visit Tickets also on sale at the Box Office in FAU’s Student Union.

     Lucie Arnaz brings her father’s Desi Arnaz’s Cuban pedigree, and the Capitol Steps their election satire to Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn Theatre Series starting Oct. 1. The series has seven shows performed twice through March 26, 2017 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn University campus, 3601 N. Military Trail. The Steps do 30 songs and skits with five people and a pianist. The Live at Lynn series will also include shows about Michael Jackson and French chanteuse Edith Piaf; Tenors Unlimited – The Rack Pack of Opera, The New Shanghai Circus and top 40 and Broadway hits by The Company of Men. Also on sale are tickets for Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret at Lincoln Center comes to Live at Lynn series starting in January with five shows in the university’s Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall through May 17. Season subscriptions, available now at 25 percent discount, and individual show tickets for Libby Dodson Live at Lynn Theatre Series are at events/ or the box office at 561-237-9000.

     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. Co-chairman Jon Kaye only had 48 seats left out at the start of the kickoff for the second annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball, But by the end of the evening, sponsors had gobbled up most of the 400 tickets. The inaugural event was a sellout, too. 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 at $250 each 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, 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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    Hi Barry,

    Always enjoy your column. Seems like this one is all bold text. Could you do regular text and only bold the highlight words so if you scan through you can see which items you’d like to read more about? Thank you!

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