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Obituary: Ruth M. Best

Ruth M. Best, of Henrietta, NY, previously of Port Washington, passed away on March 6, 2012 at the age of 89. Surviving are her loving children, Heidi Best, Ithaca, NY, David Best, Henrietta, NY, and Steven Best and his wife Ellen, Henrietta, NY; her caring grandchildren, Sarah Best, Laura Best, Zachary Best and Daniel Best. Also surviving is her devoted sister, Joan Cottingham, Westport, CT, and her stepdaughter, Lauren Tucker, Alamos, CA; two nephews, one grand-niece and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jack Best and by her dear brother, Robert Cottingham.

Born on May 12, 1922 in Fort Wayne, IN, Ruth’s love of music began as a young girl spending many hours playing piano and singing. Ruth studied voice at Ithaca College and was given a scholarship to Eastman School of Music, which she attended. In pursuit of a career as an opera singer she moved to New York City.

Ruth became a member of the Robert Shaw Collegiate Chorale in 1941. She was chosen to sing at Carnegie Hall in Gabrilowitsch memorial concerts, and in the chorus for the NBC appearance of Leopold Stokowski, and performed on Broadway with Olsen and Johnson. In 1943 she was invited to sing with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians and performed both in radio’s very popular Chesterfield Pleasure Time program, as well as touring with the Waring group. In 1949, she left her career to raise a family in Fresh Meadows and then Port Washington. She learned how to type in Braille and did several documents for the National Library. Ruth was a member of the adult chorus at the Congregational Church of Manhasset, then conducted by her husband. After her children were grown, she worked for 18 years in the Customer Service Department of Publisher’s Clearing House.

Family was the most important part of Ruth's life and she loved every moment she spent with her grandchildren. In her own words her marriage, children and then grandchildren were her “raison d’être.” Her beautiful and singular soprano voice expressed the true essence of her soul. She will be very much missed by her family.

A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held at a later date. She will rest with her husband, Jack at Calverton Memorial Cemetery. Donations in Ruth's name may be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14623.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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