Published On: Wed, Oct 19th, 2016

Barrys Buzz – Oct. 19, 2016

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Barry’s Buzz – Oct. 19, 2016                

          Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club will feature Former TYCO CEO and Chairman Dennis Kozlowski in his first public appearance since his incarceration will be the guest speaker, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at City Fish Market, Glades Road and the Turnpike. RSVP at, and California political comedian Eric Golub will speak on Dec.14.

   Hillary vs. The Donald opens wide on Wednesday and it promises to be quite a blockbuster with plenty of drama. Regal Cinemas will air the final presidential debate in 206 theaters nationwide — for free — at 9 p.m. as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Regal aired the second debate on the silver screen on Oct. 9. Tickets are available at theater box offices, not online. Attendees also get a free drink with popcorn purchase. 

     West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Oct. 20, 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.

     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. October 21, 2016.  Call 561-955-4142.

     Boca Ballet Theatre and the A Princely Affair Chairperson, Natalie Parker and Co-Chair, Gail Baker announce the guest artists for the luncheon and performance will be Brittany Pollack and Daniel Ulbricht, both from New York City Ballet, performing Balanchine’s Tarantella. At noon Sunday, October 23rd, Boca Ballet Theatre’s 25th annual A Princely Affair social event and fundraising luncheon kicks off the 2016-2017 Season of beginning with a mimosa social hour. New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht has been a guest artist at Boca Ballet Theatre and danced Golden Idol from La Bayadere at the 25th Anniversary Performance. New York City Ballet Soloist, Brittany Pollack will make her Boca Ballet Theatre debut. Sharing the stage will be the dancers from Boca Ballet Theatre’s Countess de Hoernle Center for Dance, and they will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker, presented by Marleen Forkas, in loving memory of Harold Forkas. Arlene Herson is honorary chair of “A Princely Affair” to benefit the Boca Ballet, 12 Noon Sunday, October 23 at the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort.  Call 561-995-0709 for tickets and request to sit with Arlene Herson.

      To Adam Sandow, innovation is beauty. Sandow publishes consumer magazines dedicated to affluence and beauty. But around the magazines he has added related businesses such as clothing to create a multimillion-dollar operation headquartered in Boca Raton.

    A homeless shelter will be able to continue operating thanks to a nearly $1 million purchase approved by the Palm Beach County Commission. The Center for Family Services, a nonprofit organization, was poised to stop operating Pat Reeves Village, a 19-unit apartment complex in West Palm Beach that provides shelter to homeless families. But county commissioners finalized a purchase of the complex that will allow it to continue serving the homeless. Another nonprofit organization Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches will operate the shelter.

     Florida is raising its minimum wage to $8.10 an hour beginning Jan. 1, up 5 cents from $8.05 in 2016, the state Department of Economic Opportunity has announced. For tipped employees, the minimum wage will be at least $5.08 an hour. The minimum wage rate is recalculated each year on Sept. 30, based on the Consumer Price Index. In 2016, the state’s minimum wage was unchanged from the previous year. Many employers say they already pay more than the minimum.

     The Diplomat Resort & Spa — Broward County’s largest hotel by number of rooms — is set to debut a new name in mid-January after completing an extensive $100 million makeover. The revamped Hollywood property, at 3555 S. Ocean Drive, will be called The Diplomat Beach Resort in an effort to position itself as a “high-energy” beachfront destination resort, officials said.

     South Florida leaders got together Tuesday to come up with ideas to “build, elevate and sustain” the middle class. A big task, but one that’s not impossible, they say. More community engagement and action are needed, and educational and employment opportunities are key, said business leaders, educators, politicians and community organizers at The Middle Class Summit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

    A Republican challenger is vying to unseat Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger. Taniel Shant, 34, says a change is needed in District 5, which includes West Boca and West Delray. Berger, 68, won the seat in 2012 and was appointed county mayor in November. A proposal to raise the sales tax from 6 cents per dollar to 7 cents has sparked disagreement between the candidates. The sales tax increase, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, would generate $2.7 billion over the next decade for repairs to schools, roads, bridges and county buildings delayed during the Great Recession.

    The Florida university system has set an ambitious goal of having 40 percent of the undergraduate student credit hours in online classes by 2025. That would more than double the usage of online classes from the 2013-14 academic year, under a goal set by the system’s Board of Governors. A key factor in that transition will be cost, with the idea that students may have an incentive to shift to online classes if they receive breaks on tuition or fees. A new report discussed by the Board of Governors’ Innovation and Online Committee, which met Monday in Tampa, showed that students have actually paid more for taking online classes at six state universities when compared to the cost of taking regular classes on campus.

     If an airline delays returning your luggage after a flight, you will get a refund for your bag fee, under a new set of consumer-protection rules the Obama administration plans to adopt.  Among other changes, the administration is calling on airlines to more accurately report on-time arrival rates, the number of times wheelchair requests are fumbled and the rate of lost or mishandled luggage.

     They’re Playing Our Song starring Andrea McArdle is playing at The Wick 7901 North Federal Highway Boca Raton through Nov. 6. Call 561.995-23333.

     Swing Swing Swing is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Margate through Oct. 30. Call 954.344.7765.

     Jack Reacher Never Go Back, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, Keeping Up With The Joneses, American Pastoral and Ouija: Origin of Evil opens at the Boca and Boynton Cinemark theatres. The Recipe, Once in a Lifetime, Miss Hokusai and Denial opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres Denial and the Pickle Recipe opens at the Classic Gateway theatre. Pickle Recipe, Once in a Lifetime and Deepwater Horizon opens at the Last Picture show in Tamarac. See 14, 2016.

     Three New Plays This Season at FAU’s Theatre Lab: The Three Sisters of Weehawken by Deborah Zoe Laufer, October 20 – November 6, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, Special closing weekend matinee: Saturday, November 5, 3pm, Special Preview Performance, Thursday, Oct 20: $25; This Random World by Steven Dietz, December 2 – December 18, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm, Special closing weekend matinee: Saturday, December 17, 3pm, Special Preview Performance, Thursday, Dec. 1: $25; Motherland by Allison Gregory, January 27 – February 12, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3 pm, Special closing weekend matinee: Saturday, February 11, 3pm, Special Preview Performance, Thursday, Jan 26: $25. Theatre Lab, Parliament Hall, FAU Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, Come early to enjoy fine wine and snacks in the Theatre Lab Cafe. All Sunday matinees are followed by a post-performance “Talkback.” Admission: $35, *Preview Performance on first Thursday night of each show: $25, Subscription (3 shows): $85 Student, faculty, staff admission: $10 (cash only) with ID at the door, Group rates: 10 tickets or more $25 each; 20 tickets or more $20 each, For tickets, call 561-297-6124, or visit the FAU Box Office in the Student Union. Tickets available at the door.     

     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.

     The U.S. postal service has chosen a fresh location for its 2016 Hanukkah stamp Boca Raton. For the past few years, the agency has released its annual Hanukkah stamp during ceremonies in the Northeast. But this year, its staffers scouted new sites across the country and settled on South Florida for its large Jewish community. The U.S. postal service will release the stamp during a ceremony on Nov. 1 at Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation in Boca Raton celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. More than 200 people are expected at the ceremony, where visitors can be among the first in the country to buy the stamp. The postal service will offer other stamp memorabilia for sale, while visitors can get programs, signed by ceremony participants, at no cost. The synagogue’s Rabbi Dan Levin will offer an invocation, and students from the temple pre-school will perform Hanukkah songs. The ceremony, open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at the synagogue, 333 SW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton. Call 561-391-8900 for more information.

     Boca gets its first Microsoft store in the county at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 with 100 gift cards worth $100 to $1,000 and the first 200 get a ticket to attend a meet and greet with retired Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Don Marino on Nov. 5. The 1,482 sq. ft. store is near Bloomingdales in the west central portion of Town Center. The store is one of only eight in Florida offering latest products, advise, trouble-shooting and repairs.

     Yvonne Boice, Boca businesswoman and philanthropist will be honored with a companion medal during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Free Enterprise Day ceremony Nov. 10, an event since 1984 and honors individuals whose hard work and achievements exemplify the best American free enterprise system. She will be honored with three others including Ken Langone, founder of Inverned Associates, LLC and co-founder of Home Depot.

     The Greater Boca Raton Tax district is looking into buying the Ocean Breeze Golf Course.

      A Boca Raton company is rolling out a bike rack designed to save space, secure the wheel and frame, and prevent scratches through a special coating. The UpLift Bike Dock is the brainchild of Christopher George, CEO of Highland Products Group, a 15-year-old company known as The Park & Facilities Catalogue.

     If an airline delays returning your luggage after a flight, you will get a refund for your bag fee, under a new set of consumer-protection rules the Obama administration plans to adopt. Among other changes, the administration is calling on airlines to more accurately report on-time arrival rates, the number of times wheelchair requests are fumbled and the rate of lost or mishandled luggage.

     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.

      Arlene Herson presents the Showtime Entertainment series and is master of Ceremonies.  Shows are at Spanish River High School Theatre. Thursday, December 8 at 7:30, Sarge and the Turnstiles, Thursday, January 26, at 7:30pm Julie Budd and Sal Richards.  Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 Bobby Rydell and David Konig, Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 Yavov Smirnoff.  Call 561-883-7760 for tickets.

     My son the waiter, A Jewish Tragedy is Dec. 14-Jan. 29 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real Mizner Park, Boca Raton. Show Times are Thurs. and Sat. 2 and 7:30, Fri. 7:30, Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets: 1-844-448-7469 or visit

      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.  Read his blog on www.barry’ His blog is also on, and on his website:

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