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Maureen (Moe, as she likes to be called) has been an amazing addition to the Belleville Main Street Organization. Moe joined the office in the summer of 2002 and has been extremely successful in her duties. She has brought several businesses to the downtown area and her reach extends beyond Main Street. Some of her successes include; the Bridgeman Agency, Apollo Hair Systems, French Twist, Crushed Grapes and more.
She has also been instrumental in bringing the Sheldon Concert Hall to Belleville for the upcoming "Music on Main" event to help celebrate Oliver C. Joseph's 90th anniversary on Main Street. Moe worked in television and film in Los Angeles for most of her career, but chose to return to the Midwest to raise a family. She is happily married and a mother of three young girls yet somehow has time to enjoy marathon running as her favorite hobby as well.
Carolyn Although not a "native", I have lived most of my life in Belleville. I attended Wolf Branch Grade School, Belleville East High School, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Illinois State University in Normal, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, (hold teaching certificates for secondary education in both Missouri and Illinois, taken classes at Southwest Illinois College, and presently live with my family in a wonderful old house in an historic district within easy walking distance of downtown.
I remember taking a cab downtown with my Mother or Grandmother to shop at the many stores and have lunch at Schlosser's. As a teen, I could find many of the latest fashions at Haskell's, Lerner's, Lisbon's, Carroll House, Katz's, Penney's or Fellner's. I watched many a movie at the Lincoln or Ritz Theatres. Belleville was a lively place AND, I'm happy to say, it still is!
I became part of the Belleville Main Street program one year after it began approximately six years ago. As a member of the Design Committee, I have co-coordinated the "Belleville Bloomers", dedicated volunteers from the community who tend the planters along East and West Main Street, and since October 2002, work as staff person and editor of Belleville Main Street's newsletter, The Main Street Impression.
Belleville has fabulous potential and the opportunities for reaching and exceeding this potential are many. With all of our citizens working together and remembering to "buy in Belleville", we will keep Belleville tres belle.