Suburban Lake Worth resident, real estate magnate, dead at 94

Herbert Platzner with his wife, Marylin in an undated photo. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

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 students to be treated to spa day for their hard work

More than 20 South Grade Elementary School students will be treated to a spa day Saturday for all their hard work. (Contributed)

LAKE’ WORTH — Women aren’t the only ones who should be pampered.

Students deserve to be as well.

And that’s exactly what’s happening Saturday as more than 20 South Grade Elementary students will be treated to a spy day to celebrate their success throughout the year.

“The students have worked extremely hard,” said Andrea Ible, a third-grade teacher who teamed up with a fourth-grade teacher on the idea. “Despite their circumstances, they persevere.”

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the school cafeteria.

Three barbers and two beauticians are scheduled to volunteer their time. Boys will receive free haircuts and the girls will be treated to a new hairstyle and manicures.

Ible said she hopes the event will help boost the students’ confidence and self-esteem.


Lake Worth teen designs prosthetic hand for a boy born without one

Earlier this month recent Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate Chrystie Tyler (fourth from left) was given a 2017 Kia Soul as the recipient of this year’s College Drive Award. Tyler design a prosthetics hand using a 3-D printing process. (Contributed)

LAKE WORTH — This past summer, Chrystie Tyler, a recent Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate, worked as an intern at her brother’s digital design firm in Baltimore.

Who knew that stint would lead the 18-year-old Tyler, a visual artist who lives in Lake Worth, to help design and build a 3-D printed prosthetic hand for a boy with developmental disabilities.

It was in Baltimore where Tyler, a Pathfinders Award winner, developed an interest in making prosthetics using the 3-D printing process.

For the past four years, Tyler has volunteered for Best Buddies at Seagull Academy, a program which matches teens and young adults with young people with disabilities.

Seagull Academy is a charter school in Riviera Beach.

It was there that Tyler struck up a friendship with a young boy born without a hand.

“Before school let out last year, I talked to him and he loved the idea of me trying to make a prosthesis for him,” Tyler said.

The Palm Beach Post tried reaching out to the young man, but he did not want to be identified or interviewed.

The prosthetics hand designed by Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate Chrystie Tyler. (Contributed)

During Tyler’s internship at her brother’s firm, she researched prosthetic design and construction methods. That’s when she learned about e-NABLING fuTure, a foundation that helps people designs and build prosthetics through the 3D printing process.

Tyler made a model hand and the student liked it. She started the final design in January.

In March, at a Seagull Academy event to raise money for the prom, Tyler, who co-founded a Baking Club at Dreyfoos that was helping out at the event, presented the prosthetic hand to the student.

“The look on his face was great,” Tyler said.

While the young man had seen the prosthetic before, his parents hadn’t.

“It was heartwarming when I saw him show it to his parents for the first time,” Tyler said. “I feel very honored to be able to do this for him. It will give him more courage to try new things.”

Tyler will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall to study medical illustration.

“They have a lab there where you can do this type of work and I plan to share this with them there,” Tyler said. “And they also have a Best Buddies chapter so I’m excited about that, too.”



Why is Lake Worth being honored?

LAKE WORTH — Earlier this month the city received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, which the city said shows it’s meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

This award tested the city’s budget against nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. To qualify for the award Lake Worth’s  budget had to be rated “proficient” as a financial plan, policy document, operations guide and communications device, the city said. It also had to achieve a “proficient” rating in fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

n a statement City Manager Michael Bornstein thanked Finance Director Marie Elianor and her staff.

“This award is another indication that their professionalism and dedication to the city is keeping Lake Worth on track,” Bornstein said.




Why were Bryce Harper, Rory McIlroy and Joe Namath in Palm Springs?

Joe Namath chats with G-Star students. (Contributed)

PALM SPRINGS — What do NFL Hall of Fame quarterback — and Tequesta resident — Joe Namath, major league baseball stud Bryce Harper and golfers Michelle Wie and Rory McIlroy have in common?

Besides having more money than, us, all recently appeared in major commercials at G-Stars Studios owned by G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts.

The hosts of “What Kids Wanna Know,” where students ask questions of celebrities, interviewed Namath during a national commercial for a new program at a major hospital.

Bryce Harper

Wie and McIlroy filmed separate Nike commercials one week, while Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and Los Angels’ Mike Trout taped a spot with ginormous chain retailer the following week.

Under Armour shot an ad with Harper, star right-fielder for the Washington Nationals.

“There is no other high school or college or film school anywhere that offers these opportunities to its students like G-Star,” said Greg Hauptner, G-Star’s founder and CEO.



Lake Worth marketing company, planned sneaker biz sever ties

The Chicks with Kicks: Dakota, Ariana and Dresden Peters plan to start a new interactive sneaker company in Lake Worth later this year. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — Pam Triolo, owner of First Impression Creative Services, is no longer handling marketing for Chicks With Kicks, the planned interactive sneaker store for downtown Lake Worth.

“At this time I’m not representing them,” Triolo said. “I hope I can be of some assistance if they need me in the future.”

Triolo declined to discuss why the business relationship was severed.

Attempts to reach Ariana Peters, a managing partner at Peters Development and a Chicks With Kicks spokeswoman, did not respond to a request for comment.

Triolo said she started working with Peters in February. Her last day was May 3, she said.

Chicks With Kicks recently signed a deal with a California video production company to shoot a demo reel that was going to be pitched to several networks for a reality show.

The company, Fly on the Wall Entertainment, is responsible for such reality show programs as the long-running “Big Brother” on CBS.

Mayor Pam Triolo

Earlier this year Peters told The Palm Beach Post the video reel was going to shopped to several networks, including Bravo, HGTV, E!, TLC and Freeform, formerly ABC Family.

The reel was expected to be shot last month. It’s not clear if that has been done.

If the show is picked up, Triolo has said it would be about the sneaker business and the Peterses’ everyday life.

Sisters Ariana, Dresden and Dakota own more than 6,000 vintage sneakers, including never worn 1985 Air Jordans and the pristine 2008 Kanye West Yeezys along with classic Pumas, Converse All-Stars and rare Nikes and Adidas.

They plan to open a store in a now vacant 3,500-square-foot space at 605 Lake Ave.


Lake Worth commissioner helps woman who lost her home in a fire

A fire a Beth Wolfe’s home last year at 410 S. K Street turned Wolfe’s life upside down. (Kevin D. Thompson/The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE WORTH — City Commissioner Herman Robinson was one of a handful of residents who this past weekend pitched in to help Beth Wolfe clean up her property on South K Street after her house was destroyed by a fire last year.

“She needs help,” Robinson said.

Robinson helped clean up the yard, repair the fence and cut down some dead trees.

Wolfe was scheduled to go before a special magistrate on Thursday if her property wasn’t brought into the compliance. But on Friday, the code compliance division gave Wolfe an additional 30 days to do what needs to be done after residents Robert Waples and Tammy Pansa said they wanted to help.

“Whenever someone is actively trying to resolve a code compliance issue, we are more than willing to work with them and push the magistrate hearing back,” William Waters, the city’s community sustainability director told The Palm Beach Post this past week. “We only take people to a magistrate hearing as a last resort because they hadn’t done anything.”

Robinson said that should be enough time for Wolfe.

“She needs to take responsibility for some of it,” Robinson said.


Lake Worth to celebrate Haitian community tonight at City Hall

LAKE WORTH — The city is scheduled to hold a ceremony tonight at City Hall in recognition of Haitian Flag Day.

Mayor Pam Triolo will read a proclamation declaring May as Haitian Heritage Month. A Haitian flag will be raised in honor of Haitian Flag Day.

“The city of Lake Worth and the Haitian community share in the belief that the contributions and participation of all people from all cultures and backgrounds is what makes Lake Worth a great city,” Triolo said in a statement. “The Haitian community of Lake Worth has distinguished itself through the efforts of many community organizations, businesses, and community participation.”

The ceremony will be at 7 p.m.

What this Lake Worth reporter loves about Too Jay’s

 LAKE WORTH — When I’m in Lake Worth — and hungry — which is often, you can find me at Too Jay’s on Lake Avenue during lunch or early dinner breaks.

Since I’m a creature of habit, I always order the yummy chicken Marsala, a to-die-for dish of sautéed chicken with mushrooms and a rich Marsala wine sauce.  The platter is served with roasted potatoes and a fresh vegetable, always broccoli.

Covering the L-Dub keeps me busy and I need a good meal to maintain the energy level between interviews, blogging, reporting, researching and, well, just scouting the area for potential story ideas you’ll either love, hate or choose not to read.

The classic Italian dish always does the trick as it glides down my throat like a kid on a water slide. The dish, after all, has two of my favorite things — chicken and wine.

Chicken marsala dates to the 19th century, when it most likely originated with English families who lived in western Sicily where Marsala wine is produced.

I’ve never been to western Sicily, or anywhere in Sicily for that matter.

But it sure feels like Sicily — the toe of Italy’s boot — comes to me each time I step into Too Jay’s.


Thinking about selling goods at Lake Worth intersections? Think again

LAKE WORTH — The city inched closer to making it illegal for anyone to panhandle at several busy intersections.

By a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, an ordinance was passed on first reading prohibiting canvassing and soliciting at the following intersections:

  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at Sixth Avenue South.
  • Interstate 95 northbound and southbound on and off ramps at 10th Avenue North.
  • Lake Worth Road and the CSX Railway, located west of Interstate 95 overpass at Lake Worth Road.
  • Intersection of 10th Avenue North and North Dixie Highway.
  • Intersection of 6th Avenue North and South Dixie Highway.

The city said it’s experiencing more solicitors at intersections in the western part of the city, with canvassers and solicitors selling goods, services or trying to obtain donations from drivers and passengers.

Those interactions, the city said, are a safety concern.

The ordinance includes any area within 200 feet from the curb or boundary line of the intersection and will also include all Interstate 95 underpass areas within 400 feet of the curb or boundary line of the intersection.

The ordinance defines a “right-of-way canvasser or solicitor” as any person who sells or offers for sale anything or service of any kind, or who seeks a donation of any kind or who personally hands to or seeks to transmit by hand anything or some sort of service.

The definition doesn’t apply to any person who is holding or displaying a lawfully permitted sign, the city said.

There wasn’t any discussion on the ordinance.

A second reading is scheduled for June 6.