Barrys Buzz-Feb.15, 2017
Known for his Boca Watch website that often takes issue with Boca Raton City Hall, attorney Al Zucaro jumped into the March 14 municipal election Wednesday morning, the last day to qualify. The former West Palm Beach commissioner is running against Mayor Susan Haynie, who filed her election paperwork on Jan. 3, the first day of qualifying. Other municipal-election candidates are Councilman Scott Singer, running for re-election, and Patty Dervishi, who is running against him.Three first-timers are vying for Deputy Mayor Mike Mullaugh’s seat: Emily Gentile, Andrea Levine O’Rourke and Andy Thomson. Mullaugh is term limited and can’t run again.
Brett Ratner, the still young native of South Florida who is now one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers will share the story of his rise to mogul and his Jewish journey with more than 500 people from throughout the vibrant, diverse South Palm Beach County Jewish community in Boca on the evening of March 1 at Boca West Country Club. Known for mesmerizing and inspiring audiences with his action-packed, comedic delivery, he’ll be keynoting THE EVENT 2.0/FEDERATION UNPLUGGED, the annual event to celebrate all the good this Jewish community does together. Brett Ratner’s roots, including high school in Israel and learning Yiddish from his grandparents, are sure to with our crowd, just as his blockbuster films resonate around the world. THE EVENT 2.0: FEDERATION UNPLUGGED will take place at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, amid the warm greetings and enthusiasm of a family reunion. The program will begin at 7:30 pm. Brett Ratner’s roots, including high school in Israel and learning Yiddish from his grandparents, are sure to with our crowd, just as his blockbuster films resonate around the world. It was no surprise that Ratner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. Yet, having said that he is most proud of Night Will Fall, a Holocaust documentary he produced, Ratner may be even prouder of two other recent awards. He received the American Jewish Historical Society’s Visionary Leadership Award as “a dynamic thought leader in the American Jewish community.” And when the ADL honored him for his “simultaneous contributions to the entertainment industry and the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry,” he was lauded for taking up the torch for his generation. Ratner directed the Rush Hour series, Family Man, Red Dragon, and X-Men: The Last Stand; and was Executive Producer of The Revenant and Horrible Bosses. In addition, his RatPac Entertainment has been a financier of more than 61 films including Gravity, The Lego Movie, American Sniper, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Revenant and Birdman. THE EVENT 2.0 will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), entertainment and company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2017 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Boca West Country Club is located at 20583 Boca West Drive in Boca Raton. Valet parking will be provided. Early registration is recommended for this popular event! Online registration is available at jewishboca.org/theevent. For more information, call 561.852.3160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE EVENT is generously sponsored by Bankier and Arlen Law Group; Berger Singerman; Brown’s Interior Design; CBIZ MHM, LLC; HJ SIMS; Greenberg Traurig; Hotwire Communications; Life Care Services; The Mordis Group, Merrill Lynch; Marsh & McLennan Agency; PLLC; Suffolk Construction; and Virgin Printing Corp. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the event’s In-Kind Sponsor, and The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is stepping down from his post to assume the position of vice president of strategic initiatives and chief financial officer for Florida Atlantic University. Atwater will leave his post in Gov. Rick Scott’s cabinet following the 2017 legislative session. The session begins March 7 and typically lasts 60 days.
“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 osts and increase efficiency. He is also maintaining the statewide voter database to help detect and prevent voter fraud in Florida. He speaks at the Tea Party February 7 at the Boca Community Center, right next to City Hall for a discussion on Voter Fraud Detection with Kirk Wolak,
Laura Blumenfeld, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a best-selling author, has seen the Israeli-Arab conflict from all angles. For over two decades, she covered conflict for The Washington Post, New York Times and New Yorker. She was living in a Palestinian village when the intifada broke out, working in Amman when the Gulf War broke out, and most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor on Secretary of State Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian negotiating team before the Gaza War. What has Blumenfeld learned — and what lessons can she now share with the American Jewish community — about the best way forward for Israel and for all? She speaks feb.15 7 pm at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, Florida 33428. RSVP is required to attend. Jewishboca.org/blumenfeld VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY ONTO CAMPUS. For more information, contact 561.852.6022 or email@example.com,
The new playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca is expected to be completed in March but the ribbon-cutting is not set yet.
The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is offering to buy the former Ocean Breeze Golf Club for $24 million to help the city, which has been working to acquire the property as it sells its municipal course. City officials were previously in talks with Lennar to swap Ocean Breeze for the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course. City officials were previously in talks with Lennar to swap Ocean Breeze for the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course.
Former Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor already was selected to be the keynote speaker at the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s annual Inspiration Breakfast in Boca Raton when he was picked for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Having a Hall of Fame speaker is a perfect scenario,” said Evan Wyant, president of the presenting sponsor BB&T Bank and chairman of the breakfast at 7:30 a.m. March 7 at Office Depot Global Headquarters, 6600 N. Military Trail. For tickets, tables and sponsorships visit ymcaspbc.org/inspirationbreakfast/.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival is March 29-April 2. This year’s festival will consist of 30 films, including “Price for Freedom,” “Remember Me” and “Wrestling Alligators.” It will begin with a red carpet screening, followed by an after party at Bowery Palm Beach in CityPlace. From there, events will take place all around Palm Beach County, such as Jupiter, Lake Worth, Wellington and Boca Raton. Tickets are able to be purchased at pbifilmfest.org.
West Boca News, Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal, Boca Life Magazine, New Times 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-emeritus of the goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, the luxurychamber.com, the westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax column items to 561.451.0000. Read his blog on www.barry’s.buzz. His blog is also on bocatribune.com, facebook.com/BarryEpstein and on his website: publicrelations.nu.