LAKE WORTH — The funeral for Maxime Ducoste, the city’s assistant director for planning and preservation, is scheduled for Saturday in West Palm Beach.
The service will be held 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 301 North Olive Avenue.
A viewing has been arranged from 6 to 8 p.m.on Friday at Quattlebaum Funeral Center, 5411 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Ducoste passed away Thursday.
The family has set up a trust account for donations to assist with funeral expenses and the children’s education. The trust is The Ducoste Family Charitable Trust, c/o Megan Gary, St. Ann Catholic Church, 310 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 333401
Herbert Platzner, philanthropist, real estate magnate past president of the Morse Life Health System in Palm Beach and one of the most prominent landlords in Westchester, N.Y., died at his home this past weekend.
He was 94.
Platzner lived in The Fountains, west of Lake Worth. He once owned the New Rochelle Railroad Station, making him one of the few private owners of a railroad station in the country, his family said.
Platzner, a WW II veteran, returned home to New York from the pacific and joined his father in a small real estate brokerage business that he soon turned into one of the largest owners of garages in the Bronx, a borough in New York.
Following his success in the Bronx, Platzner moved his business and his family to Westchester, N.Y., setting up offices in New Rochelle, where he became the largest landlord in the city and one of the largest in Westchester County. That business continues to thrive today under the direction of his children.
In 1968 after spending decades acquiring buildings throughout Westchester County, Platzner saw an opportunity when the New Haven Railroad Company filed for bankruptcy and outbid the New Rochelle for its railroad station. The city challenged his winning bid all the way to the Connecticut State Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the sale. Platzner retained the property until the city again attempted to take it away, this time through imminent domain in the 1980s. Platzner opposed the ruling and the case went to the New York State Supreme Court before Platzner settled for ten times the original offer.
Platzner served on various boards and as the founder of multiple organizations. He served for decades on the board of directors at both United Hebrew in Westchester and the Morse Life Health System of Palm Beach, where he was president, chairman and now Chairman Emeritus of both organizations.
He is a founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle. He led the Urban Renewal Commission of New Rochelle for years.
Platzner is survived by his wife, Marylin, his children, Sharon, Corey (Linda), Harrin (Crystal) and Merrick (Eva), his grandchildren, Jared (Carly), Adam, Casey, Barrett, Brooke, Jason, Nathaniel and Lianna and great-grandchildren, Benji and Harper.
LAKE WORTH – Compass Community Center was recently accredited for excellence in nonprofit management for the 10th straight year by Nonprofits First.
The accrediation process requires agencies to meet or exceed more than 875 standards, including nonprofit administration, board governance, finance and strategic planning.
The center on N. Dixie Highway serves the LGBT community.
“Achieving accreditation for excellence in nonprofit management is the way our staff and board collectively demonstrates our committment and passion to the generosity of our funders, donors and volunteers,” Tony Plakas, Compass’ CEO said in a statement.
Nonprofits First was started in Palm Beach County by a coalition of funders and other community partners to streghten local nonprofits.
LAKE WORTH — City commissioners were scheduled to vote tonight on a Palm Beach County law that bans charitable groups and organizations from soliciting or distributing goods on public roads, but the item was pulled from the agenda.
City Attorney Glen Torcivia said the measure, which the county adopted in June 2015, will be brought back before commissioners at a later meeting.
The county said the law not only could be applied to public highways within unincorporated areas but also to public roadways if a municipality chooses to adopt it.
The ordinance prohibits a person from going on a public road for the purpose of displaying information of any kind, distributing materials or goods or soliciting business or charitable contributions of any kind.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may issue a notice to appear to persons who violate the ordinance, the city said.
WEST PALM BEACH — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Sen. Maria Sachs will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College spring commencement ceremonies on Monday.
PBSC will hold two ceremonies at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the more than 2,400 graduates. Atwater will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 984 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. Sachs will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the 1,440 graduates of the Associate in Arts transfer degree. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at www.palmbeachstate.edu.
Atwater has been the state’s elected chief financial officer since 2011. Sachs, D-Delray Beach, has been a member of the Florida Legislature since 2006.
“This is one of the biggest quality of life projects for our residents,” Mayor Pam Triolo said during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. “We’re looking at a cohesive way to move this city forward.”
Triolo said she’s always been concerned about the city’s water as well as the inconsistent water pressure.
“I always wondered why I wasn’t getting the best water from my faucet,” she said.
Water Utility Director Brian Shields said city crews performed the work for about $50,000. He said the job would have cost over $100,000 if it was bid out to contract.
Two-inch water mains were replaced with four-inch water mains on North N Street between 13th Avenue North to 15th Avenue North to increase water flow from 100 gallons a minute to 600 gallons a minute.
The next phase, scheduled to start in about a month, will be on Lakeside Drive, south M Street and South J Street between 11th Avenue South and 18th Avenue South. That should take about a month to complete, Shields said.
When the project is finished in six years, Shields said 22 miles of water mains will have been replaced.
That’s the length of more than 300 football fields for those keeping score at home.