Carol Lamb stands with her neighbors, who nominated her for the city of Rochester Good Neighbor Award.

Carol Lamb stands with her neighbors, who nominated her for the city of Rochester Good Neighbor Award.

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Carol Lamb recognized with a Good Neighbor Award

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 3, 2023


ROCHESTER — The Rochester City Beautiful Commission recently presented Rochester resident Carol Lamb with a Good Neighbor Award.

Rochester City Beautiful Commission Chair Rachel Williams said the Good Neighbor Awards recognize the ongoing efforts of Rochester residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

“It’s an opportunity for us to highlight some great people in the community, what they do for others and how they keep Rochester beautiful — both through community action, as well as what they do at their home,” said Williams. “We really just like to lift up those people that make a difference in the community.”

Lamb was nominated for the award by three of her neighbors.

“They all called her ‘the best neighbor,’ and, based on their nomination forms, I have to agree,” said Williams.

Some of the things that Lamb is known for include watering neighbors’ flowers and picking up their mail, her knowledge of community happenings, her general care and compassion, and always being there to lend a hand or just to catch up. Her neighbors say she hosts an amazing Halloween potluck, consistently helps with any and all neighborhood projects, helps out with her neighbors’ children, helped plan her 50th high school reunion, and much more.

“Her neighbors all called her the definition of a good neighbor, and we are proud to give her this official title,”

Lamb accepted the award during the March 27 Rochester City Council meeting and said she was surprised and that she appreciated the award.

“You can be a good neighbor when you have good neighbors,” she told the council. “That makes a big difference.”

Members of the City Beautiful Commission say Rochester is beautiful because of the many good neighbors who continually go above and beyond, and the commission encourages people to nominate those who make every day in Rochester a more beautiful day.

“It’s just a wonderful way to show off some of the great people in Rochester and thank them for what they do,” Williams added.

Nominees must be Rochester residents, but they must not be employed by the city, and they must have made a significant contribution to their community. The nominators will be asked to describe, in 400 words or fewer, why they think the people they are nominating deserve the award. Those selected will be recognized at a City Council meeting and will receive a plaque and a gift card.

“We’re always accepting nominations and always reviewing them when they come in,” said Williams.

For more information, email the City Beautiful Commission at