The "Best Of" the best

Star's Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on on the pa­per's ex­cit­ing sum­mer con­test.

We at the Star are very ex­cited about the up­com­ing “Best of the River­wards 2012” con­test, and we hope you are too.

So far, we’ve re­ceived dozens and dozens of votes from read­ers who want to sup­port the best in their neigh­bor­hoods.

It’s truly great to see so many people push­ing for re­cog­ni­tion of their fa­vor­ite bars, parks, res­taur­ants, shops and so much more.

The sub­mis­sions we’ve re­ceived have also clued me in on some places I def­in­itely want to vis­it my­self—I’m new to Philly, after all.

Here’s what you need to know about the con­test:

All your vot­ing will cul­min­ate in one spe­cial is­sue of the Star later this sum­mer—our “Best Of” is­sue.

After we count all the votes and es­tab­lish the win­ners in each of the 20 cat­egor­ies, we’ll in­ter­view and pho­to­graph the win­ners and get all the in­side in­form­a­tion for the is­sue!

The is­sue will be a great way to dis­cov­er places you might want to check out in oth­er neigh­bor­hoods, or to simply learn more about and see re­cog­ni­tion of a place you’ve vis­ited over and over.

The win­ners of each cat­egory of the con­test will also get a spe­cial cer­ti­fic­ate or plaque to dis­play in their busi­ness (if, say, a park wins in the re­cre­ation cat­egory, we’ll award the friends group of that park the award—for ex­ample, The Friends of Kon­rad Square group, or the Friends of Camp­bell Square group).

Vot­ing will con­tin­ue for the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for our an­nounce­ment of the end of the vot­ing peri­od.

All you need to know is to keep vot­ing and stay tuned for our an­nounce­ment of the is­sue.

You can find our “Best Of” bal­lot —and where to mail it— in the pa­per each week (see page 8 this week), and find the cat­egor­ies on a link on our web­site (, click on “Star”), and on our Face­book page (www.face­­news­philly).

Feel free to send us, at, your votes for any num­ber of cat­egor­ies, but be sure to be spe­cif­ic! We’d hate to get votes for “Jim” for best bar­tender, and not know Jim’s full name or where he works (sorry, Jim).

This is shap­ing up to be a won­der­ful fea­ture, and I can’t wait to con­tin­ue see­ing all the love you have for the places in your com­munit­ies.

The river­wards really are the best of the best!

Star Man­aging Ed­it­or Mi­kala Jam­is­on can be reached at 215-354-3113 or at mjam­is­

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