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  • Birch Hills Golf Course Clubhouse now open

    2 weeks ago by in ( BBON , City Guide , Hotspots , News , Old/New , Restaurants , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

    Back in 2011, the Birch Hills Golf Course was is major renovations and swathed in green fencing cloth with signs that stated, “Thank you for your patience.”


      Some of us wondered if it would ever be completed, but in May the 18-hole executive course finally reopened, and it is a real beauty. Driving or walking by one always sees many golfers on the lush course with rolling hills and water features.

        While the golf course is first class and popular, it lacked a new clubhouse to replace the old, dinky one that was previously there.

          But that has finally changed.
          The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.

          The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.


            Imperial Golf, operators of the golf course, now have a clubhouse that includes the TreeHouse Restaurant, opened in October, a causal, family-friendly indoor-outdoor dining spot. And it is not just popular with golfers, said Imperial principal, Matt Clabaugh,

              “We get about 50-50 golfers and other folks,” he said, adding that the lunch and after-work crowd continues to grow, especially with people from the nearby office buildings on Birch Street and other locals. The daily happy hour and dinner menu might be attracting some of the after-work crowd. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day until 10 pm.

                But I think it would be difficult to just stop in for a quick bite at noon and go back to work because TreeHouse has huge, east and west facing glass walls that fully open to phenomenal views.

                  Clabaugh said the view at sunset is unbelievable. I’m afraid I’d just want to pull up a chair, maybe by one of the three outdoor fire pits, and just sit back and enjoy the view, which includes Segment 5 of the Tracks at Brea trail that is completed, but yet to open.

                    According to Bill Bowlus, Brea’s public works director, there are just a few items to wrap up, including some type of pass through for bikers and hikers, and then the trail will open. Hooray.

                      The trail meanders through the golf course and includes an interpretive rest stop with a replica of an old Red Car, like the ones that used to be in Brea. Of course, the rest stop is at the clubhouse and restaurant.

                        The restaurant, which Clabaugh described as efficient, casual and contemporary, can accommodate banquets for up to 75 people.

                          “We’ve already had some golf tournament banquets and sports groups award ceremonies in our restaurant,” he said. It could be a good spot for Brea Chamber of Commerce lunches and mixers too.

                            Something I didn’t expect to find at a golf clubhouse-restaurant is weekly live music. Clabaugh said they also plan some star walks and moon walks, once the trail opens. And you thought Birch Hills was just for golf!

                              But the official grand opening will not be until January or February, Clabaugh said. Perhaps they will coordinate it with Brea’s big Centennial Celebration Feb. 17, which begins with a community parade starting from Birch Hills Golf Course to the Sports Park to celebrate Brea’s 100th birthday.

                                Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • City of Brea 100 Day Centennial Countdown

    3 weeks ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Events , News , Old/New , Sponsors , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea )

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      At the stroke of midnight the blast off begins!

        After months of planning Brea’s milestone anniversary-- we are countdown to our 100-day centennial birthday celebration on February 23, 2017!!

          A special City Council meeting is scheduled on Brea’s anniversary with festivities including recognition of 100+ residents and sister cities. Plus a special Happy Birthday cake for all to enjoy outdoors at the Civic & Cultural Center plaza level. Donating a cake for the festivities is Frost My Cake. Owner Ann Tran, said they’re very excited to take part in the celebration commemorating the once-in-a-lifetime event.

            Prior to the milestone anniversary party will be our yearlong centennial kick-off celebration-- starting with a parade and picnic during the day, and the Silent Poster Exhibition, later in the evening on Saturday, February 18.

              List of centennial events as follows:

                Brea Night at Angels Stadium - Tuesday July 18, 2017

                  Brea Fest - Fireworks planned Friday, August 18, 2017

                    Youth Art Project sponsored by Brea Rotary Club - Sunday, October 15, 2017

                      Centennial Gala - Saturday, October 21, 2017

                        Tales from the Canyon: The Olinda Story to be held at the Curtis Theatre in November 2017.

                          Interested in sponsorship information, please visit City of Brea website.

                            Also, a milestone keepsake treasure is in the planning stages. Brea’s first children’s book and exciting sub-projects, which is an independently produced community project featuring Brea’s iconic historic "Charlie the Clock" and grade school friends, along with newsy reporters, in a whimsy time travel – celebrating 100 years in Brea!

  • Fanning PTA and Stagelight Productions to present Peter Pan

    4 weeks ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , Events , News , Old/New , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea )

    HOT BREA NEWS! Brea elementary school students in conjunction with Stagelight Productions present PETER PAN with two amazing casts in six performances! 
All shows at BOHS Performing Arts Center.

    Kaitlyn Fuller and Abigail O'Barr starring as Wendy and Peter Pan.

    Kaitlyn Fuller and Abigail O'Barr starring as Wendy and Peter Pan.

    Entire Peter Pan red and blue cast.

    Entire Peter Pan cast shot.


      Tickets Available:











        
Wed. 11/9 6:30 pm, Red, 110 tickets available

          Thurs. 11/10 6:30 pm, Blue, 120 tickets available

            Sat. 11/12 2:00 pm, Blue, 75 tickets available

              Sat. 11/12 6:30 pm, Red, 70 tickets available

                Sun. 11/13 2:00 pm, Red, 136 tickets available

                  Sun 11/13 6:30 pm, Blue, 110 tickets available

                    Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase about 1 hour before each show. The little ones have done an AMAZING job rehearsing for weeks.

                      Courtesy of Cindy Fuller and Crystal O’Barr

                        Tom Fuller

  • Brea Centennial Throwback: POW/MIA Captain Stephen Hanson

    1 month ago by in ( BBON , News , Old/New , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea )

    Actor Patrick Wayne, at lecturn, was master of ceremonies in 1971 for a ceremony at Brea Olinda High School recognizing Vietnam War pilot Steve Hanson, who was missing in action. James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a POW in a cage for the event.

    Actor Patrick Wayne, at lecturn, was master of ceremonies in 1971 for a ceremony at Brea Olinda High School recognizing Vietnam War pilot Steve Hanson, who was missing in action. James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a POW in a cage for the event. Courtesy of Susan Gaede

    Did you wear a POW-MIA bracelet in the ’70s?

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        I continue my honoring of Brea’s centennial with another look back in the history files. How many people remember wearing a POW-MIA bracelet with the name of Steve Hanson engraved on it? In April 1971, the city adopted Capt. Stephen Hanson, a Marine pilot who had been missing in action in the Southeast Asia for nearly four years.

          Steve was thought to be a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He had been shot down while piloting a helicopter on a rescue mission over Laos on June 1, 1967.

            Many local people wore Steve Hanson POW bracelets. John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Cher and many other celebrities also wore his bracelet.

              The high school held a dedication for Steve and all the television channels covered the event.

                Patrick Wayne was the keynote speaker.

                  Future movie director James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a picture of a POW in a bamboo cage to display on the podium during the ceremony.

                    Later, the high school conducted a swim-a-thon raising thousands of dollars for a college fund for Steve’s son, Todd. Many Brea residents and seven high schools participated in a walk-a-thon to Knott’s Berry Farm (10.3 miles) organized by Brea Olinda High School students to raise money for a national mailing campaign to North Vietnamese officials.

                      Steve’s wife, Carole Hanson, was grand marshal of the Brea Bonanza Day Parade. The theme was “Let’s Not Forget America.”

                        Steve was later declared killed in action and the bracelets were gathered from all over the United States, melted down by Brea Olinda students and made into wings, which were placed on a commemorative plaque and hung in the high school office.

                          Carole later married a former POW, Jim Hickerson, and they adopted a Korean girl. I am sure many of you remember Todd, who accompanied Carole at all Brea events. He was then 5 years old. He has a family of his own now. Jim and Carole are living in Hawaii and are very happy.

                            Carole is writing a book and Brea will very much be included in it.

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

  • 2016 BBON Certificate of Excellence: Choha Kim and Anabel King

    1 month ago by in ( BBON , City Guide , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea )

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      October 30, 2016

        Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) is proud to award a certificate of excellence in the area of journalism and academics to Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) senior students and BBON team members, Choha Kim and Anabel King for their contribution in the area of journalism and academics on BBON. For the past two years, both Kim and King have contributed noteworthy community online news articles of interest focusing primarily on BOHS. We applaud Kim and King for a job well done and look forward to their stories and engaging posts on social media in the weeks and months ahead as we countdown to our centennial celebration.

  • BOHS Spreading Talents Club to start off the new year

    1 month ago by in ( Uncategorized )

    Spreading Talents club members are having discussion about possible logos. [Image Credit: Esther Kim]

    Spreading Talents club members are having discussion about possible logos. [Image Credit: Esther Kim]


      Every single person has their own talents that are useful. Some people are good at art and some people are good at engineering. Spreading Talents Club was found in order to give BOHS students opportunities to explore their own talents and influence surrounding people positively. Spreading Talents club held its first meeting on October 12 at BOHS. With over 14 attendees, first meeting marked its grand beginning for Spreading Talents Club.

        Esther Kim, president of Spreading Talents Club, started off with the introduction of the club. "We are going to decide on which project we will do on every 3 or 4 weeks. Our plan is to explore various genres and fields, regardless of how skillful we are."

          Ranging from freshman to senior, students joined to find their hidden talents, to derive their potential talents, and to share their own talents. Sarah Kim, sophomore at BOHS, stated, "[Since] this is my first time to join a club, I want to actively participate [in] this club and do my best. I love the purpose of this club, and I want to find my hidden talents and use it to help the other people."

            The club meetings will be held on Wednesday every week regularly at room 214.

              Written by Esther Kim , staff writer/photographer

                Edited by Choha Kim, student editor-in-chief

  • Brea Police Department to wear badges commemorating city centennial

    1 month ago by in ( BBON , City Guide , News , Old/New , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

    Brea Police Department will be wearing commemorative centennial badge in 2017 similar to the historic constable shield style.

    Brea Police Department Officers will be wearing a commemorative centennial badge in 2017, similar to the historic constable shield style shown. Collage photo courtesy of Brea Historical Society


      “I don’t know where the original historic badge is. I haven’t seen it myself,” said Brea’s historian Officer Celmer. The image of the nostalgic badge has been used in various departmental printing such as their annual report (shown in the bottom photo.)

        Everyone in town is getting geared up for our centennial year in 2017 including Brea Police Officers, who be sporting a full size constable shield badge. In the place of CAL will be the City of Brea seal. 1917 will be on the left side and 2017 on the right, marking 100 years, along with a rank and ID number on the bottom.

          The Brea PD's centennial badge will surely be a special one as its style will be similar to the Deputy Constable Brea Township Badge back in the day.

  • Brea’s First Children’s Book: Whimsy Centennial History Lesson

    2 months ago by in ( BBON , City Guide , Culture/Arts , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

    I’m bursting with excitement as I write this update about Brea’s timely project, the city’s 1st children’s book featuring historic icon Charlie’s Clock aka "Charlie the Clock" in time travel – celebrating 100 years in Brea!


      Charlie the Clock as drawn by Illustrator, Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad.

      "Charlie the Clock" as drawn by Illustrator, Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad.


        Not only will this whimsy book serve as a learning tool in getting children interested in history, but also it will inspire the young at heart!

          Team "Charlie the Clock" is an independent project consisting of three book team members, community collaboration for book sub-projects, along with a whole lot of support from educators, and people in the the City of Brea and beyond! Thank you all!

            There will be community book characters such as many BOUSD grade school children! How cute is that!

              The book team members:

                Teresa Hampson author of Brea: Celebrating 75 Years is the author.

                  Heather Ashlyn Collins, 2006 BOHS and recent CSUF grad, who drew Charlie the Clock caricature, is the illustrator

                    And I am serving as the creative director and production manager.

                      When completed, we hope you will enjoy it and treasure it for years to come, as its takes a village and patience in producing a noteworthy wonderful project.

                        Team "Charlie the Clock" magical details to come soon!

  • Ode to the days of Brea Police Posse

    2 months ago by in ( BBON , City Guide , News , Old/New , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

    Giddy up! Born in the Old West, let's take a trot down Brea Pd's memory lane!

    Shown collectible and rare, Brea police posse badges.  Courtesy of  Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

    Shown are Brea police posse badges, collectible and rare. Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer


      Founded in 1956 with eight members, the City of Brea had a police posse comprised of academy volunteers. The members were deputized if necessary, 21 years or older, possessed a horse and a trailer, and were either residents of Brea or neighboring cities.

        These men were dedicated to serve undergoing a rigid screening process by the governing board, after receiving approval from the police department.

          img_1612 They possessed the utmost horsemanship and marksmanship skills, purchasing their own uniforms and gear to get the job done. The members were skilled in first aid and required to respond 24/7 if needed.

            Separately charted and self-governed, the group worked closely with the Brea PD in coordinating functions such as search and rescue and assisting with traffic problems. They partook in monthly meetings and three shoots a year. Among other activities, they participated in the City of Brea 4th of July parades. And held social ride get-togethers once a month.

              But it wasn't always pleasant as these posse riders were ready for alarming situations such as in 1968, when Officer Nelson Sasscer, a Santa Ana police officer was killed while stopping a motorist. Posse members were summoned to assist in searching the canyons for the suspect’s car, which went out of control when the driver abruptly exited while being chased by Brea Police Officer, Jim Smith.

                According to Brea PD Officer Jason Celmer, police historian, the Posse ceased being an active element at the PD in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

                  Three photos of Police Posse member, Shannon Barnes, were sent to Officer Celmer from Shannon’s daughter-in-law Cecelia along with the News Tribune article titled, “Police Posse Seeks Members.” Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

                  Three photos of Police Posse member, Shannon Barnes, were sent to Officer Celmer from Shannon’s daughter-in-law Cecelia along with the News Tribune article titled, “Police Posse Seeks Members.” Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer


                    Celmer is reaching out and asking anyone who has any items related to the history of Brea PD in their possession, and would like to donate them, to please contact him via email at JasonC@ci.brea.ca.us. Celmer notes: of particular interest related to this article would be the Badge, and the Brea PD horse blanket that is just barely visible beneath Shannon’s saddle in the close up photo.

                      Taylor, Dave "Police Posse Seeks Members" News Tribune September 1972

  • Country Hills Elementary 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser

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    Country Hills Elementary School PTA's 1st Annual Color Run Fundraiser. Principal Trish Walsh poses as "The Face of Brea" with many of her students!! Charlie the Clock cutout is invited to the 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser!

    Country Hills Elementary
    School PTA's 1st Annual Color Run Fundraiser. Principal Trish Walsh poses as "The Face of Brea" with many of her students!! Charlie the Clock caricature cutout is invited to the 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser!


      Country Hills Elementary School PTA's 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser will be roaring fun on Friday, October 28, 2016. 100% of the proceeds will be used for the enrichment of every student in our school. The event is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year, supporting the PTA operating budget that includes, but is not limited to, art programs, music programs, assemblies, field trips, etc. Our school goal this year is to raise $25,000.

        The Color Run is not a race; it is a fun, fitness-oriented event at which all students may participate. TK through 2nd grade have a 15 minute heat beginning at 9:30am. 3rd through 6th grade have a 20 minute heat beginning at 10am. Aside from helping our school, there are many incredible prizes to be won! Go Cougars!

          Country Hills Elementary School -- Principal Trish Walsh

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