Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2017

Barry’s Buzz


Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club presents former Democratic Congressman Ron Klein and former Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein on Feb.8. T0 make reservations, go to w

Gerry Smith is the new CEO of Office Depot, coming from a high post Lenovo Group and new chairman is board member Joseph Vassalluzzo rather than Office Depot retiring CEO Roland Smith who expected and announced he would stay on as Chairman, who leaves with a $12 million retirement package. Incoming CEO Smith gets $1.2 in cash 5 days after he starts his job and his total package could be up to 12 million $1.1 million salary equity and bonuses.

Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella plays through Feb. 5 at the Stage Door Theatre 8036 Sample road, behind IHOP in Margate and The Bris, the Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond, A delightful comedy By David Jay Bernstein plays from Feb. 10 through March 26. Gary and Max Shapiro share a lifetime and the rites of passage that bring Jewish fathers and sons together. Tickets are at or call 954-344-7765.

A new networking group has been formed for companies that provide a product or a service to the restaurant industry. Only one member per category is allowed. They are seeking members with a keen interest in doing new business. The group meets at noon on the first third Fridays at Chilis 21078 St. Andrews Blvd. in Boca Raton. For more information and to see if your category is filled, call Howard Appell at 561.620.8888.

In the Mood, 1940’s musical review is 2 pm and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Call 954-344-5990 for tickets.

The City of Boca Fire Rescue free Expo at Town Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb.4 includes a live car fire and bomb squad appearance, raffles and free food, along with live firefighting demonstrations, picture opportunities with police and firefighters, a Jaws of Life demonstration, and free blood pressure and cholesterol checks.

Collected Stories, a riveting exploration or friendship and betrayal, is at the Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach Feb. 3-Mar.5. For tickets, visit or call 561.514.4042.

The Tea Party sponsors on February 7 at the Boca Community Center. a City Council Candidate Forum and a discussion on Voter Fraud Detection with Kirk Wolak.”Captain” Kirk Wolak is a software engineer having graduated from Michigan State with Honors in Computer Science and Minors in Mathematics and Telecommunications. He owns a small software company where he helps small to mid-sized businesses leverage technology and automation to lower costs and increase efficiency. He also maintains the statewide voter database to help detect and prevent voter fraud in Florida.

An elegant evening to celebrate Temple Beth El’s 50th anniversary and raise funds to support teen travel to Israel is 6:30 p.m. March 4 at Boca West Country Club, featuring Dining, Dancing, Live Auction and Special Entertainment. Sponsorships, donations, program ads and bus transportation available upon request.   RSVP at Tbeboca or call 561.391.8900 for more info.

The Capitol Steps, Washington DC’s favorite  political satirist’s are at the St. Thomas Aquinas bienes Center for the Arts, 2401 sw 12th st. Ft Lauderdale, 7:30 p.m. March 13. For tickets, visit www.BCA-STA.ORG or call 954-513.2270.

The qualifying period is open for Boca Raton’s March 14 elections for two seats and a mayoral position on the City Council. Several candidates have indicated they will run, including incumbents Councilman Scott Singer for Seat A and Mayor Susan Haynie. Emily Gentile, Andrea O’Rourke and Andrew Thomson have indicated they will run for Seat B. Their campaigns will not become official until they file the required documents and fees with the city clerk’s office during the qualifying period. To qualify, candidates must bring required state and city forms to the clerk’s office on the third floor of City Hall, 201 W. Palmetto Park Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Boca Raton based Office Depot completed its sale of its European office supply business to the Aurelius Group, divesting European business with 6,000 employees to concentrate on North American business. Office Depot also laid off an undisclosed amount of workers.

West Boca Leaders (One of a kind networking group) is the best networking group in the area… First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Jan.12, 2017. 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 if you qualify. Fill out form on website and bring $60 for first quarter. For more information or questions, call 561.702.0000.

Arlene Herson presents a series of shows at Spanish River High School Theatre.  Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 Bobby Rydell and David Konig, Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 Yakov Smirnoff.   individual shows $50. For tickets and information, call 561-883-7760.

Sun-Sentinel, The Forum, South Florida Business Journal, Palm Beach Post contributed to this column. Barry R. 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: [email protected], 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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