June 28, 2010

Swing, Sing, Dine and Dance In The Sky At Carmen’s New Summer Cabaret Series Headlined By Popular Broadway and Television Entertainers At The Bridge Hotel, Boca Raton

South Floridians and visitors alike will now have new and exciting entertainment choices July 7th through July 31st as the popular Carmen’s At The Top of The Bridge launches its new Summer Cabaret Series featuring Broadway and television entertainers from Wednesday to Saturday evenings, beginning Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Presented by KOOL 105 with DJ Mike Perry, guests can enjoy a prix fix dinner and show, or Cocktails and Cabaret by the Coast with captivating performances by theatrical and musical luminaries, set amidst sweeping penthouse-level panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Kicking off the series that is expected to launch into a year round cabaret program, will be Karen Saunders from July 7th to July 17th, who is critically acclaimed for having “a voice like an orchestra,” and has shared the stage as the opening act for performers such as Jay Leno, Gregory Hines, Jackie Mason, Robert Klein, Billy Crystal, Rita Rudner, Jackie Mason, and Joy Behar. Taking the stage from July 21 to July 31 will be Tony award- winning actor, singer, choreographer and director Lee Roy Reams who has been hailed as Broadway’s Darling” and “Broadway’s song and dance man nonpareil”.

Karen Saunders got her start at an open call night that Rodney Dangerfield happened to also be at, after she finished singing Dangerfield approached her and asked her to be his opening act. She is known for the versatility of her voice which has allowed her career to be a varied musical one, taking her from the world of avant-garde twentieth century music to Atlantic City to Broadway through Jazz and Blues, Standards and Pop to an act that encompasses all of these styles. She has performed in every kind of venue from the intimate Plush Room in San Francisco, to Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops, at Lincoln Center and Toulouse in Chicago. Saunders has received the MAC award (Cabaret’s Oscar), Backstage Bistro Award, Theater of Renewal, Critic’s Choice Awards and she is listed in the International Who’s Who of Musicians.

Lee Roy Reams made his Broadway debut in Sweet Charity in 1966, and directed an all-star cast, headed by Chita Rivera, in Anything Goes at the Paper Mill Playhouse, played the starring role as Toddy in Victor/Victoria, starred and directed the Broadway show An Evening with Jerry Herman, appeared in Applause opposite Lauren Bacall, and played opposite Carol Channing in Lorelei. Other starring roles on Broadway include his Tony and Drama Desk Nominated performance as Billy Lawlor in the legendary 42nd Street. Reams has made many television appearances including Showboat (PBS) and In Performance at the White House (PBS). His concerts and cabaret have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London Palladium, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, Brazil’s Manaus Opera House and President Clinton’s inaugural celebration.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, guests can choose from Prix Fixe Dinner and Show for $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or show only for $40 plus a $20 food and beverage minimum. On Friday and Saturday nights guests can choose from Prix Fixe Dinner and Show for $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or show only for $45 plus a $20 food and beverage minimum per person. For more information and to make reservations for the Summer Cabaret Series at Carmen’s Top of the Bridge, call 561-886-4570 or online at www.bocaratonbridgehotel.com or www.opentable.com.
Guests can extend their enjoyment by taking advantage of the great summer rates at The Bridge Hotel. To book guest room reservations at this dog-friendly, all-balcony waterfront boutique hotel located less than a mile from Boca’s pristine beaches and vibrant Downtown Boca , call (561) 368-9500 or toll-free (866) 909-2622, or visit www.bocaratonbridgehotel.com. The hotel is located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton.

June 10, 2010

LESSER, LESSER, LANDY & SMITH, PLLC FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ALBERTSON’S FOR NEGLIGENT SECURITY Client Mugged, Brutally Beaten And Stabbed At Lake Worth Albertson’s Following History Of Violent Crimes And Other Criminal Activity At And Around Store

West Palm Beach, FL (June 10, 2010)--When 56-year-old Sheryl Workman was about to leave her car to shop for groceries a little after 7:30 a.m. on June 11, 2009, she did not expect to be mugged, brutally beaten, and stabbed while inside her car near the entrance of Albertson’s located at 4481 Lake Worth Road in Lake Worth, Florida. She also had no idea that surveillance cameras were not in operation, the company had reportedly eliminated all “loss control”, and there was no guard on duty either inside the store or outside patrolling the parking lot. She trusted -- like all shoppers -- that Albertson’s would perform its duty to provide reasonable care for her safety and protection.

Due to the significant negligence on behalf of Albertson’s, Ms. Workman sustained serious injuries, including losing her left eye, and suffering from disfigurement, great emotional and psychological injuries and more, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (www.lesserlawfirm.com) has filed a civil lawsuit for negligent security and demand for jury trial against ABNK Palm Beach, L.L.C.; Albertson’s LLC, and New Albertson’s, Inc. in the Circuit Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit In And For Palm Beach County.

“It is unconscionable that a respected, long-standing company such as Albertson’s did not uphold its duty to take measures to maintain a safe environment or use reasonable care for the safety and protection of Ms. Workman,” noted Gary Lesser, Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC and lead counsel with law firm partner Mickey Smith. “As consumers and patrons, all of us expect that those who ‘invite us in’, should have our best interests in mind, especially when it comes to our personal safety and security. It’s not only good business, it’s the law.”

The lawsuit notes that Albertson’s breached the care it owed Ms. Workman as a customer by negligently failing to provide adequate security measures and personnel against foreseeable criminal attack on the premises in consideration of the history of crime on the premises and high level of dangerous and criminal activity in the area.

“This was not an isolated incident and could have easily been prevented,” noted Attorney Mickey Smith. “It came following a barrage of crimes. The numbers of prior violent crimes at and near that Albertson’s don’t lie.”

According to police records for the five years prior to the attack on Ms. Workman, 4481 Lake Worth Road experienced 27 violent crimes, 15 persons injured, 10 weapon possession arrests, 9 drug possession arrests, 13 thefts, 15 vehicle burglaries, 7 grand theft auto incidents, 7 disturbance/disorderly conduct incidents, 2 carrying concealed weapons incidents, 4 open container arrests, 6 mentally ill/suicidal situations, 9 arrests of people on warrants, 6 bicycles stolen as customers shopped, and 19 trespassings (warned or arrested).

In addition to failing to properly maintain and operate security cameras on the premises, the lawsuit alleges that Albertson’s negligently failed to have security personnel to routinely inspect and patrol the premises for possible dangerous, uninvited persons or dangerous conditions as to avoid risk of harm to invitees such as Ms. Workman, as well as negligently failed to train its agents, employees in security procedures and measures. As a direct result of all parties’ negligence and breaches of duty, Ms. Workman suffered serious, permanent injuries.

“This negligence should serve as a powerful call-to-duty for businesses, large and small,” added Lesser. “No one should ever have to suffer like Ms. Workman, especially when her attack could have been prevented by having simple, common sense security measures in place.”