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Best of Rochester 2014: Local Color

NOTE: Runners up listed in alphabetical order

Best Local Politician

Louise Slaughter. @louiseslaughter

Runners up: Maggie Brooks | Joseph Robach | Lovely Warren

Best Local Philanthropist

Danny Wegman / Wegman Family.

Runners up: George Eastman | Larry and Jane Glazer | Tom Golisano

Best Local Activist Group

Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. 875 East Main Street, 244-8640, gayalliance.org

Runners up: Girls Rock! Rochester | Metro Justice | Pitty Love Rescue

George Eastman House - FILE PHOTO
  • George Eastman House

Best Local Historic Site

George Eastman House. 900 East Avenue, 271-3361, eastmanhouse.org

Runners up: High Falls | Mount Hope Cemetery | Susan B. Anthony House

  • Medley Centre

Best Local Eyesore

Medley Centre. 285 Medley Centre Parkway, Irondequoit.

Runners up: Downtown Rochester | Kodak Park | Midtown

Best Local Library Branch

Central. 115 South Avenue, 428-7300, libraryweb.org

Runners up: Brighton | Pittsford | Winton

Central Library - FILE PHOTO
  • Central Library

Best Place to Takean Out-of-Towner

Wegmans. Many area locations. wegmans.com

Runners up: Eastman House | High Falls | Strong Museum of Play

Best Neighborhood

Park Ave.

Runners up: North Winton Village | Neighborhood of the Arts | South Wedge

Best Local Park


Runners up: Cobbs Hill | Ellison | Mendon Ponds

Best Local Golf Course

Oak Hill. 145 Kilbourn Road, 586-1660, oakhillcc.com

Runners up: Greystone | Monroe | Ravenwood

Best Local Sports Team

Red Wings. redwingsbaseball.com

Runners up: Amerks | Knighthawks | Rhinos

Best Local Recreational Sports League

Kickball - FILE PHOTO
  • Kickball

Kickball League of Rochester. rockickball.net

Runners up: Go Flingo | GRADA Ultimate Frisbee | Hot Shots Volleyball

Best Local Mascot

Spikes (Red Wings).

Runners up: The Moose (Amerks) | Rex Rhino | Ritchie the Tiger (RIT)

Best Local Radio Personality

Brother Wease. @brotherwease

Runners up: Jeremy Newman | Kimberly and Beck | Scott Spezzano & Sandy Waters

Best Radio Station

92.5 WBEE. wbee.com

Runners up: 1370 WXXI | 89.7 WITR | 90.5 WBER

TV Personality

Scott Hetsko. @scotthetsko

Runners up: Doug Emblidge | Don Alhart | Rachel Barnhart

TV News Station

13 WHAM. 13wham.com

Runners up: 8 WROC | 10 WHEC | 21 WXXI


Scott Hetsko. @scotthetsko

Runners up: Glenn Johnson | Kevin Williams | Rich Caniglia

Best Local Website


Runners up: Roc Wiki | Rochester Subway | The Rochesterian

Best Local Facebook Account

Lollypop Farm. facebook.com/lollypopfarm

Runners up: Rachel Barnhart | Rochester Subway | WAYO 104.3

Best Local Twitter Account


Runners up: @akachela | @dragonflyeye | @MedleyCentre

Best Local Podcast

1370 Connections with Evan Dawson. wxxinews.org

Runners up: The Lost Cosmonauts | Rochester Insomniac | Shoot to Thrill | Stuart Bedasso Show | UndertheSkin.tv

Best Local Commercial Jingle

Lori's Natural Foods. 900 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, 424-2323, lorisnatural.com

Runners up: John Betlem Heating & Cooling | Mark's Pizzeria | Record Archive

Most SignificantLocal News Story of 2014

"Actually the worst local news story ..." Slain officer Daryl Pierson.

Runners up: Buffalo Bills Sale | Downtown Development | Firing Kimberly & Beck | Lovely Warren's Election | Lovely Warren's "Rough Beginning" / Uncle Reggie Speeding

"Best" Local News Story Ignored in 2014

Monroe county corruption.

Runners up: Demolition of 660 West Main Street | Lovely Warren's controversies | Systemic racism

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