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  • Tick-Tock… Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

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    Giving Thanks this November!


      Hi Brea Old and New followers! I hope all is well with you! Many thanks to you for subscribing to our local good news! We greatly appreciate it!! Today, I’m writing to give you an update regarding the city of Brea’s 1st young person’s book — Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits! Click here to read the background of this amazing community-oriented centennial project.

        Pacific Electric Red Cars finally reach what will be Brea in 1910, at last linking the isolated townsite with the wider world.
        Teresa Hampson, author of Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! Illustrator, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins


          This project has been in the making for 18 months now. We have experienced the usual delays in executing a project along with unexpected problems.

            After a major setback, the author, Teresa Hampson, and I will be working together in seeking sponsorship dollars needed to publish the book.

              I’m thankful for all the people who have been supporting this project, in and outside of the community!

                Currently, I have a Fullerton College student who is interested in drawing the dimensions needed to make a Charlie the Clock mascot.

                  Charlie the Clock has touched people worldwide on Instagram! People like the cute time traveling historic clock whose mission is to make people smile ☺ while piquing their interest in history!

                    It’s been a long journey to move this project along. Unfortunately, the centennial book will not get published this year. We project that it will be accomplished early next year! Better late than never!!

                      Relative to other cities in Orange County, we are small, yet big enough as I'm always learning that a lot of people don't know about Brea's centennial book yet.

                        I'm doing my best to spread the word about our young person's history book, and ask that you hop-on the Brea train to help raise awareness of Brea's unique centennial book - a once-in-a-lifetime special treasure!

                          Should you have any questions -- do not hesitate to contact me.

                            Thanks again for your support!

                              Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season!!

                                P.S. Farrell's Brea is naming an ice cream sundae after Charlie the Clock!! How cool is that!! Hint: The last chapter named: Party Time! takes place in Brea Downtown and ends on a high note with special guests arriving to celebrate..

                                  Best,

                                    Carolyn Campbell

  • Sparkle & Glitz – Bessie the Brea Beader

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      I wonder how many local people remember former Brea resident Bessie Nelson (known to many as the Brea Beader), who gave glitz to so many entertainment and political stars?

        Bessie Nelson, known to many as Bessie the Brea Beader, gives glitz to many entertainment and political stars. She is shown with daughter Bessie.(Courtesy of Vita Zol)


          Bessie’s talented touch added the gleam of rhinestones, sequins, bugle beads and more to Michael Jackson’s glove, Neil Diamond’s jackets, Liberace’s capes, Joan Rivers’ blouses and Cher’s evening dresses, not to mention Nancy Reagan’s and Hillary Clinton’s inaugural ball gowns.

            We remember one year when Bessie’s daughter, also known as Bessie, was involved in Brea Olinda High School’s dance production program and her mom volunteered to hand bead costumes for all the girls – at the same time she was running back and forth to Hollywood doing beading for top designers! Bessie moved to New Jersey several years ago to be closer to family, and once word got out, Broadway came calling. She did beading for shows from “Dreamgirls” and “Sunset Boulevard” to “Miss Saigon,” “Wicked” and “The Boy From Oz,” but her biggest project of all was embellishing 31 costumes for the national tour of “A Chorus Line.”

              Now 86 years young, Bessie keeps her needle busy, recently beading dresses for Bette Midler and her understudies for the Broadway production of “Hello Dolly!” and adding glam to the outfits of all the Radio City Rockettes for a Chase Bank TV commercial. She’s currently working on costumes for “Frozen,” which is expected to open on Broadway next spring.

                In a world filled with labor-saving devices, beading is one thing that still must be done by hand, one tiny piece at a time. Bessie, who learned the art from her aunt at the age of 9, said she is sad that, even though demand remains high, beading seems to be a dying art. “They haven’t found a way yet for a machine to do it,” she laughed. Which is fine, as long as folks like Bessie the Brea Beader are still there to keep people in stitches.

                  Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle (714)529-8561..or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Brea is Born: Excerpt from Brea’s Centennial Children’s Book

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    Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!


      Author, Teresa Hampson

        Chapter 2: Brea is Born

          “Look!” shouted Roman. “There’s two men carrying a huge plank of wood way up at the top of that tall derrick, and there’s no safety ropes holding them on!”

            Beautiful Brea Old & New, focusing on "All Things Brea," changed its logo patterned after (Roughnecks sculpture) in 2012 to bring awareness to the city of Brea's 💯 birthday celebration on February 23, 2017! Artist: Carlos Terres


              “Yes, that’s the way they built derricks in the old days,” Charlie said. “It was very dangerous work. Now, do you see anyone else, maybe up even higher in the hills? Perhaps a group gathered for a celebration?”

                “Oh…oh…I do!” cried Skyler excitedly. “There’s men and women and lots of kids, and everyone’s all dressed up and sitting around a long table eating. And I think I smell barbecue!”

                  “Great spotting!” Charlie encouraged. “Those people are from the Puente Wells oil settlement, which was active all the way back in the 1880s and 90s. They were famous for their parties, where everyone stuffed themselves with tamales and barbecued beef! Now, does anyone here live in Olinda Ranch?”

                    “I do!” volunteered Jarred, as he turned around to zoom in on that area. “Oh…my…gosh …” he stuttered. “Look at all the stuff out there! There’s a gazillion houses and a street with stores and stables, a baseball field and farms stretching way back into the hills. There’s tons of people and oil wells everywhere! And wait…is that a gusher?!”

                      Sure enough, a huge tower of thick, black liquid shot skyward as he spoke and dozens of men started dancing around and shouting.

                        “Absolutely!” confirmed Charlie. “Around the turn of the 20th century, Olinda had some huge oil strikes, and easily was one of the richest oil fields in all California.”

  • The Cal Rehab Crew

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    Whether its orthopedic, neurological or other, many of us seek physical therapy to help us recover. Right now under my insurance plan, I am seeing a physical therapist for epicondylitis aka elbow pain. I believe my pain comes from holding my iPhone 24/7 - iPhone Elbow is the new Tennis Elbow, ouch! Laugh if you may, but it can happen to you too! So be careful. Physical therapy works!


      Bryan Stewart, DPT at California Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy in Brea.


        Have you sought help from California Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy located in Brea on the corner of Lambert Road and Tamarack Avenue? The company was established over 25 years ago in Huntington Beach. Currently, there are nine company locations in Orange County and two facilities in Los Angeles County.

          I had the pleasure of talking to Doctor of Physical Therapy Bryan Stewart, a team member of the Cal Brea Rehab Crew.

            The Cal Rehab Crew
            Pictured L to R:
            Tracie Weaver, Front Desk Specialist, Courtney Mears, PT Aide, Bryan Stewart, DPT, OCS, Clinic Director/Managing Partner, Saloni Parikh, OTR/L Occupational Therapist, Scott Crutchfield, DPT, Staff PT, Eunice Rhee, OT Aide. (Not Pictured: Donovan Johnson, OT Aide, Miguel Cartagena, PT Aide)


              BBON: When did you join the team at California Rehab & Sports Therapy?

                Bryan Stewart, DPT:I joined Cal Rehab at the end of 2012.

                  BBON: When did you discover that you wanted to pursue a career in PT?

                    Bryan Stewart, DPT: I dealt with shoulder and elbow pain in high school and that started to peak my attention.

                      BBON: What is a typical day like for you?

                        Bryan Stewart, DPT: A typical day starts by getting coffee and reading some business or PT related material from 545-645am Get to the clinic by 645 to 7am. Tackling administrative things, catching up with doctors, replying to emails then starting to see patients from 8am to 7pm MWF, T and Th are similar but done at 1pm. Occasionally I do marketing after work on T or Th. I am also involved with Orange County, state and national PT associations and have some time commitments associated with that also.

                          BBON: How has PT technology advanced since you entered the field?

                            Bryan Stewart, DPT: Technology has advanced with anything from Telehealth in remote areas consulting patients to wearable technology to assess and look at motion capture to texting application to communicate with patients. Definitely tech has infinite possibilities in PT.

                              BBON: How do you motivate people who need PT but don't stick to the program, and complain about pain? Sadly, many of us are in that group.

                                Bryan Stewart, DPT: I try to take a team approach in motivation to stick to a program. I try to line up what THEIR goals with mine with regards to range of motion, strength, pain and function. Some patients need a swift kick in the rear end and others need a more hand held approach. Knowing how to have that conversation with each patient I think makes for a good situation/experience in PT.

                                  BBON: Does the company participate in community events?

                                    Bryan Stewart, DPT: We try to have a booth at the Brea Wellness Festival every year. We have done at least 4 in my tenure at Cal Rehab. Would love to be more involved in more community events in the future!

                                      BBON: What advice would you give to PT students?

                                        Bryan Stewart, DPT: Don't adhere to one way of doing things. Be open to ideas and collaboration with other PT's as well as other disciplines (chiro, strength and conditioning, personal trainers, massage therapists, etc). Also, get early business knowledge!

                                          BBON: What do you like to do on your days off?

                                            Bryan Stewart, DPT: What days off?!? Ha, just kidding. I try to play some golf or hit an Angel game with my wife and son (he's 6 months old so he's sort of a "spectator"! We try to get down to the beach when we can or do a little traveling also.

                                              BBON: As a PT you interact with clients daily. You must have many stories of inspiration to share. Can you tell us one?

                                                Bryan Stewart, DPT: Getting to see patients not only go back to work but also back to their sport. Or even just playing with their grand-kids again. I'm not the greatest story teller but we've got a few testimonials and Yelp reviews that show some patient stories.

                                                  BBON: "Good Old Brea" is celebrating 100 years old. Were you shocked to find out, and what do you like best about the city of Brea?

                                                    Bryan Stewart, DPT: I actually was! I like the layout of Brea. It has it's little pockets form downtown to over by the clinic towards Fullerton and then over by Whole Foods it just seems to roll along. hard to explain! But there really no "bad" parts of Brea as seen in other cities.

  • 1998 BOHS grad, Mark Rober, breaks record for world’s largest Nerf gun

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    Mark Rober Guinness World Records 2016 Photo Credit: James Ellerker/Guinness World Records

    BOHS class of 1998 graduate Mark Rober recently has been packing some pretty big heat. What’s more, he’s used it to blast his way into the Guinness World Records 2017: Blockbusters! book.

      To win an office “arms race” not long after he started a new engineering job in Silicon Valley, Rober spent several weeks designing and building an incredibly high-powered toy weapon that’s recently been recognized as “the world’s largest Nerf gun.” At six feet long, his super-sized creation combines a toilet plunger with a paint ball pressure tank to shoot foam pool-noodle bullets up to 50 yards at 40 mph.

        For Rober, who collected Guinness World Records books as a youngster, his new title is a dream come true. “It’s really cool to make it into the Guinness book,” he reflected. “I never thought I’d get a record, but it’s always been a secret, bucket list kind of thing. And now I have the official certificate hanging in my office!”

          The Sunnydale-based engineer-inventor-entrepreneur long has engaged in science for both fun and profit. The driving force behind both a Science Channel show (“The Quick And The Curious”) and a set of more than 50 engaging and educational YouTube videos with more than 300 million views and over 2 million subscribers. Rober has also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), given a TED talk, contributed articles to Men’s Health and created and sold a successful digital costume company. What’s more, he regularly appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

            After earning engineering degrees from BYU and USC, he joined JPL in 2004 and worked for seven years on the Curiosity car-sized robotic rover, which landed on Mars’ Gale Crater in 2012. Today the Curiosity continues its investigation of the red planet’s habitability, studying its climate and geology in preparation for a future manned mission. While at JPL, Rober also designed and delivered hardware on GRAIL (gravitational field mapping of the moon to determine its interior structure) and SMAP (an Earth observation satellite measuring soil moisture to enhance flood and drought prediction, weather forecasting and more), and was part of the team that built "JPL Wired," a comprehensive knowledge capture wiki for use within the organization.

              In October of 2011, Rober’s first YouTube video, a decidedly high-tech Halloween costume, hit the news and went viral, drawing 1.5 million views in only one day. (This “gaping hole in torso” getup was made by duct taping two iPads…one to his chest and one to his back…and linking the two using FaceTime video chat to create the illusion of seeing right through his body.)

                The public’s enthusiastic reception to this costume led Rober to patent the integration of apps with clothing and costumes, and in 2012 to launch the online shop Digital Dudz in his spare time. His costumes quickly sparked interest on TV shows including “CBS News,” ” The Jay Leno Show,” “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America,” and with advertising done only on YouTube, Digital Dudz earned a quarter million dollars in just its first three weeks.

                  By 2013, Rober’s costumes were being carried in hundreds of Party City and other specialty shops across the country. He sold Digital Dudz that year to British costume-maker Morphsuits, and left his job at NASA to join the company as chief creative officer. He later signed a deal with Disney to create augmented outfits modeled on Marvel Comics superheroes.

                    Rober’s fun-loving YouTube career has blossomed since 2013, with more than 50 engaging entries. His creative popular science and do-it-yourself gadget ideas range from April Fools'Day pranks to moving dart boards that create bullseyes, snow ball machine guns made from leaf blowers and even improvements on science fair projects like the lowly egg drop (having come a long way from his first egg drop contest in BOHS honors physics). To date, the video of his record-breaking Guinness Nerf gun has received more than 19 million views.

                      "I love to take something commonplace and reuse it in ridiculous and original ways," Rober said. His 2 million YouTube subscribers are certainly glad that he does.Catch him online at youtube.com/c/MarkRober.

                        Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle (714)529-8561 or email me her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Testimonials – Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

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    Some people say history is boring. 🙁 Brea's landmark clock turned caricature says otherwise. 🙂


      “Oh, history is anything but dull,” Charlie replied, “What’s more, I can prove it to you.” “How’s that?” inquired Skyler. Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! - Author Teresa Hampson.

      Brea Grammar School: The building served as a grammar school until 1956, when it was transitioned to Brea Junior High. Time travelers, Charlie the Clock and his kid crew, drawn by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins.


        "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

          "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as its historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Mayor

            "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

  • Making the Cut: Colby Canales selected for USA Baseball SoCal Region

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    Colby Canales of Brea was selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region. Canales, a St. Angela Merici alumni and current sophomore at Servite High School, has also accepted a baseball scholarship to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


      Colby Canales of Brea selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region.


        After an extensive selection process consisting of three tryout rounds, Colby managed to make the cut to move forward in the final pick to represent our country as part of Team USA.

          The Canales household is very excited and grateful as dad, Pete Canales said, “Our family is extremely blessed to have this opportunity for him.”

            We congratulate Colby and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

  • Brea: Landmark in a centennial story told by Author Teresa Hampson

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    Brea Landmarks List - Brea Boulevard North/Central


      Brea Grammar School before transitioning to Brea Junior High. Courtesy of JoAnn Penn Haws

      In the spirit of the "BJH Bobcats" photos courtesy of BOHS incoming junior, Jennifer Choi.


        Brea Junior High, 400 N. Brea Blvd…The front building dates from 1916, but its original second-story auditorium and decorative exterior trim were removed after the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. It was substantially modernized in 2006, including relocation of the main entrance from west to north. The auditorium, PE and non-modular classroom wings were added in 1949. It served as Brea Grammar School until 1956, when it was transitioned to a junior high with the opening of Arovista.
  • Drowning is preventable; someone must take watch

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    This has been one extra-hot summer, and a dip in the pool sounds great. It can be, especially for the kids, but swimming and playing in the pool can also turn tragic in seconds. So far this summer, we’ve had no drowning incidents in Brea, according the Orange County Fire Authority. But countywide, there have been 22 water-related incidents, including eight in swimming pools, six in the ocean or bay and seven in bathtubs.


      Where there is water, there is the possibility of a drowning. I know that sounds harsh, but an infant or child can drown in a few inches of water.

        It is so preventable with thoughtful caution.

          With swimming pools, if there are kids in the pool, you need a responsible adult, who can swim, to be the water watcher.

            The water watch must do just that. Watch the water and do nothing else. No checking emails or texting, but have a phone handy in case of an emergency. No chatting with someone who “just wants to keep you company.” And no drinking anything stronger than iced tea.

              Water watchers must be willing to do nothing but watch the kids and adults in the pool. It only takes seconds for a young child to go under and drown.

                Brea used to have Water Watcher tags, but you can make your own for the water watcher to hang around his neck. A good reminder of his duty.

                  Last week at the Brea Plunge. a young child had a medical incident in the pool during free swimming time. A lifeguard was on duty. The child was immediately pulled out of the pool, according to Assistant City Manager Chris Emeterio, who said the Brea Fire Department first responders were there moments later. Said Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe, “Because of quick action by all concerned, there was a happy ending.”

                    If you own a pool or spa, you should make pool safety a priority by having the pool or spa fenced in and self-closing with a latch beyond a child’s reach. According the OCFA, alarms and pool covers are no substitutes for an at least 4-foot-high fence that junior can’t climb over. A responsible pool owner keeps a life preserver, shepherd’s hook and CPR instruction within easy reach. And, of course you should know CPR and first aid.

                      If not, there are classes available through the American Red Cross and other local sources.

                        When the baby or a child is suddenly missing, make the pool or spa the first, not the last, place you look. That is something to emphasize to your child’s caretaker or baby sitter.

                          Pool safety is also important for the elderly. And no one, regardless of age and swimming ability should ever swim alone. Swim with the family; you’ll have more fun.

                            Check out ocgov.com for more pool safety information, or stop by National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Brea Marketplace. Bring the kids to meet Brea’s police and fire personnel, the SWAT team and K-9 units. There will be finger painting, face painting, free food, safety information and giveaways.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink. net.

  • 2003 BOHS grad Araz Pourmorad proud to serve under the Obama administration

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      “Only in this great country of ours can a 13-year-old immigrant who arrived knowing just three words in English (yes, no and monkey) grow up one day to work for the President of the United States.” So said Araz Pourmorad, 2003 Brea Olinda High graduate.

        President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Araz Pourmorad, Deputy Director of Operations and Continuity, WH Operations in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House)


          “It was a great honor and the privilege of my life to serve the Obama administration in the White House, but now my nine-year journey has come to an end,” Araz wrote as the administration wound down this past winter.

            Araz first served at the White House as deputy director of operations and continuity, and later was promoted to State Protocol. During his years in that post, he managed the visits of heads of states and governments to the United States.

              Travel was also part of his “amazing experience,” as his work took him all over the world.

                Not one to forget his roots, Araz expressed special thanks to his parents, Fereydon “Fred” and Fatemeh Pourmorad of Brea, for making the sacrifices they did so he could have this special opportunity. While serving in Washington,D.C., he also invited three of his Brea Olinda High teachers, Barbara Arcyznski, Janet Chapluk and Marjorie Sepulveda, all of Brea, to visit the White House.

                  A USC graduate with a degree in political science, Araz said he particularly loved the First Family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny, and adored acting as the Easter Bunny in the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll.

                    Asked what he thought of former President Barack Obama, he said he believed him to be “one of the greatest presidents in history.”

                      Though sad to say goodbye to his friends in D.C., Araz has landed on his feet and now works on public policy at Google.

                        We knew him when…

                          Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for more than 40 years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or e-mail suzgaede@aol.com.

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