The first nine months of 2018 have passed by quickly. Now we prepare for one of the busiest three months of any year!
October 5th and 6th are the dates for this year's 35th Annual Chili Cook-Off. This event is always a great time in downtown Belleville! We hope you join us for another outstanding patriotic tribute for our Veterans at the 20th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. on the Public Square. Let's have the largest attendance ever! Belleville hosts the largest Christmas parade in southern Illinois on the day after Thanksgiving. This date also marks our month-long activities on the Public Square, including the Christkindlmarkt, Santa on the Square, horse-drawn trolley rides and so much more for families to enjoy.
A number of projects will meet completion in the last quarter of the year. East 'A' Street from North Illinois Street to Oak Street will have new sidewalks, curbs, and street overlay. South 27th Street improvements will be completed from West Main Street to the end of Union School's property, with the remainder of South 27th Street upgrades scheduled for next year. West 'A' Street upgrades will be complete from North 20th Street to North 23rd Street and Union Avenue from Centreville Avenue to 8th Street. Also, Westfield Plaza Drive will receive an asphalt overlay on the city's section of the roadway that goes back to Westfield Manor and at the entrance to the Westfield Plaza McDonald's, where the owners just reinvested in their business with a complete remodel.
Thank you to all who participated in the Moment of Remembrance Ceremony and Dedication of Phase 3 of the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, including our guest speaker, Colonel Lillard D. Evans, Deputy Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command of Scott Air Force Base, and members of the September 11 Memorial Walkway Committee.
Once again, Belleville citizens volunteered on September 15th for Belleville Helping Belleville; a one day event sponsored by The BASIC Initiative in which volunteers take on projects to help those in need. Great things continue to happen when so many caring people work together.
I hope you enjoy all the season has to offer and make some family memories with all of our scheduled holiday activities! Thank you for supporting our local businesses in the past and throughout this holiday season. Remember, when you "Buy Belleville", you are supporting essential city services.