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  • A sneak peek at Brea’s very first young people’s history

    2 days ago by in ( BBON , Culture/Arts , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! , Who's Who )

    CHARLIE THE ROCKIN' CLOCK

      in Brea History's Biggest Hits!

        Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman.  (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)

        Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman. (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)


          It's a cute meet on Birch Street....

            ....as six Brea Kids get the surprise of their lives - when Charlie the Clock wakes up and starts talking!

              written by Teresa Hampson & illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins

                HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, BREA - FEBRUARY 23!!!!🎂

    • Brea Kids Centennial Children’s Book Photo Shoot

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

      Hi everyone!


        Bring Your Umbrellas For a “FUN” Panoramic Photo Shoot!!

          On With THE Show!! According to the Weather Channel, there is a chance of rain tomorrow, February 11 with intermittent showers in the afternoon.

            We will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park at the amphitheater to take the photo that will be featured in “Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits” -> a whimsy centennial book celebrating 100 years in Brea!!

              Don’t forget the photo release form.
              Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea first children’s book with historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website. Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

              Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea first children’s book with historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website.
              Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member


                Thank you,

                  Carolyn Campbell 🙂

    • Kids Imagine Brea essay contest winners chosen

      1 week ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Contests , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

      The Kids Imagine Brea essay contest winners have been selected! The four winning essays along with photos will be featured in the city's first children’s book -a timely centennial book named: “Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits.” I would like to thank all the kid contestants who entered the essay contest!


        The winners as chosen by the Brea Education Foundation Board members based on originality are as follows:

          *Haylee Rodriguez

            Country Hills Elementary School

              3rd grade

                *Mollie Chiles

                  Fanning Elementary School

                    4th grade

                      *Lauren Ahn

                        Mariposa Elementary School

                          5th grade

                            *Jessica Lovejoy

                              Fanning Elementary School

                                6th grade

                                  Of special note:

                                    A panoramic photo op has been scheduled for this Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park in Brea courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography. For those of you who are planning to come, we will meet at the park's amphitheater.

                                      The purpose of the photo op is to gather local kids in grades 3rd-6th, public and private schools, for a group photo that will be featured in “Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits” centennial children's book, and also on CharlietheClock.club, which is scheduled to go live in the latter half of this month. To obtain the photo release and read further information about the book and sub-projects click here.

                                        Should you have any questions, please email me at News@BreaOldandNew.com.

                                          Thank you,

                                            Carolyn Campbell

    • Photo op featuring kids in Brea’s 1st Children’s Book – Celebrating Our Centennial Year

      3 weeks ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Culture/Arts , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

      Hi everyone! Brea’s 1st children’s book is coming along nicely, as we have a “dynamic group” of people helping us on the book and sub-projects. The name of the book is Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!!


        A panoramic photo op has been scheduled on Saturday, February 11, at Arovista Park in Brea, at 1:00 p.m. Please help to spread the word -- grassroots style -- as
        Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea's first children’s book featuring historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website. Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

        Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea's first children’s book featuring historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website.
        Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

        each and every person counts!

          The purpose of the photo is to feature as many Brea children from public and private schools (grades 3rd-6th,) as the group photo will be featured in Brea’s first children’s book and on a website devoted to the book named: CharlietheClock.club which is scheduled to go live soon!

            *In order for your child/children to be in the photo, you must fill out the photo release form and bring it to the photo shoot on Saturday, February 11.

              Should you have any questions, please email me at News@BreaOldandNew.com.

                This is an independent community-oriented venture including many children, residents and businesses. Following is an extensive background of the book and sub-projects.

                  CLOCK BACKGROUND

                    The Brea Clock: Our much loved landmark The Brea Clock, was first placed on Brea Blvd in 1975 as an advertising gimmick for a clock shop that was in the old Brea Hotel, at that time, located near the NE corner of Brea Blvd and Ash St. Most Breans believe that the clock has a much longer history in the city, but prior to its 1975 installation, it serves as the station masters clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside. For a time, the clock was known to the city as “Charlie’s Clock,” named for the proprietor of the clock shop. When Charlie closed his business and left town, the city brought the clock since it had become such a cherished landmark and it fit well with plans for eventual downtown redevelopment.

                      The Brea Clock article as seen on BreaOldandNew.com by former Brea Historical Society President, Kathy Cannon.

                        Charlie the Clock caricature: In early 2015, I contracted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, to draw a caricature of the clock, renaming Charlie’s Clock to “Charlie the Clock,” because it’s friendly and implies the clock belongs to everyone in the community. Soon after, Charlie the Clock cutout was made, just in time to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, with "The Face of Brea" contest held at Brea Stadium West 10. “It was a hit,” said West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle! Charlie the Clock continued to dazzle the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Historical Museum, where the clock was taken out to visit events at our local elementary schools and recently again at the 2nd annual Brea Country Hills Color Run Fundraiser.

                          The concept of the book: Brea's historic iconic "Charlie the Clock" and seven school friends travel back in time to celebrate Brea's 100th birthday. After reading the first chapter Orange County Journalist/Columnist Terri Daxon said, "Teresa Hampson has written a delightful 'time travel' story that makes learning all about Brea's history an entertaining journey for kids and adults. I am anxious to read the rest of it.

                            Book Team:

                              *Teresa Hampson – Our author, is known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years, and serving as the longest BOUSD Board member.

                                *Heather Ashlyn Collins - A 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, is our illustrator.

                                  *Carolyn Campbell – Based on my concept, I am serving as the creative director and project manager.

                                    Sub-project Video Team: A video showcasing students dancing with an animated Charlie the Clock - lyrics written and sang by a high school student.

                                      * Stagelight Performing Arts located in the Vons center, Co-owners: Lindsey Russo and Alyssa Gramer to choreograph the video with their dance students.

                                        *Our Town Multimedia Videographers – Co-owners: Robert Lauro and Mark Gentz

                                          *BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Magnum, is our singer/songwriter

                                            *CSUF student Alejandra Mertz is our video animator working under the guidance of her art professor.

                                              Sub-project Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: Children will give their perspective of Brea’s future.

                                                Brea Old and New networking blog and social media sites is presenting the essay contest, and the Brea Education Foundation Board members is currently judging the essays. Four essays contest winners will be chosen, one per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Photos/essays will be featured in the book.

                                                  Sub-project Panoramic Photo:

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                                                    Longtime Brean Greg Voisan of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography to take group photo. All interested public and private school students, grades 3rd-6th, are invited to be in Brea’s first children’s book, and also showcased on CharlietheClock.club, a website devoted to the book which will go live soon. The panoramic photo shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park in Brea.

                                                      CharlietheClock.club Website Team:

                                                        Our local high school students along with the help of their instructor, Todd Salesky, are building the book’s website, CharlietheClock.club - which is due to go live this month. As a community-oriented children's book Web page, a bio and a photo of everyone involved in the project will be shown on the site, thanks to the BOHS GITA Club team members assistance as follows:

                                                          *Student: Kyle Tam

                                                            *Student: Zoya Kahn

                                                              *Student: Jennifer Choi

                                                                I greatly appreciate everyone's interest in this once-in-a-lifetime project! And when I say this is a community-oriented project, I don't just mean the people involved in the project. This project has been put together out of love for the community. It's for the young -- and young at heart, as it will interest many people in its whimsical approach to telling the story of Brea's rich history! I need your help in spreading the word!!

                                                                  Thank you!

                                                                    Carolyn Campbell

    • Essay youth perspectives on the City of Brea’s future

      4 weeks ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Contests , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )

      "Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest!"


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          Calling all Brea school kids in grades, 3rd-6th, we want to hear from you in writing an essay giving your perspective of Brea’s future for “Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest.”

            •The prize 🔊Four children will be selected with their winning essays and photos to be featured in Brea’s 1st children’s book 📚showcasing Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends in time travel -- celebrating 100 years in Brea!

              The clock is ticking ⏰ so please don’t delay and submit your essay to the official contest entry website at News@BreaOldandNew.com. Click twice on the flyer to read the details!

                All essays will be forwarded to the Brea Education Foundation members who will be judging the contest. We look forward to receiving your essays and wish you the best of luck!

                  Note: A panoramic photo of all children in the grade levels of 3rd-6th will be scheduled soon. The objective is to feature as many kids as possible in this once-in-a-lifetime book.

                    Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

                      Thank you,

                        Carolyn Campbell

    • Introducing Brea’s first children’s book kid characters

      1 month ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Culture/Arts , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Uncategorized , Welcome to Brea , What's New! , Who's Who )

      Although it was a very difficult choice to select district children to be featured in the city's first children’s book, celebrating 100 years in Brea, recently five additional students were chosen. But before I reveal their names, I’d like to thank all those parents who answered the casting call submitting information about their children. Again, a very tough decision, as each and every one of the student’s backgrounds was awesome!


        Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea featuring BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:  Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jessie Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

        Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock, a timely community-oriented children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea will feature BOUSD kid characters, from bottom left to right:
        Madison Morrill - a third grade Arovista student, Jesse Hirsch - a fourth grade Mariposa student, Roman Meraz - a sixth grade Laurel student, Valeria Zavala – a former Laurel student, Lauren Thompson - a sixth grade Fanning student, Jarred Gonzalez - a fifth grade Olinda student, and Skyler Sandrock - a third grade Country Hills student.

        The five students selected are as follows:

          Sixth grade Fanning Elementary student: Lauren Thompson

            Fourth grade Mariposa Elementary student: Jesse Hirsch

              Third Grade Arovista Elementary student: Madison Morrill

                Fifth grade Olinda Elementary student:

                  Jarred Gonzalez

                    Third grade Country Hills Elementary student: Skyler Sandrock

                      They will be joining Valeria Zavala, who made history in Brea as the first student awarded National History Day champion for California, while attending fifth grade at Laurel Elementary in 2015. Roman Meraz, a current student at Laurel Elementary, will chime in also. Roman was recognized as a County Champion in the Elementary Division in 2016.

                        It has always been my desire to feature as many children as possible in the once-in-a-lifetime book. So there are three awesome sub-projects, starting with Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest that was electronically sent out today via BOUSD principals newsletters.

                          Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: BOUSD students in the grades 3rd - 6th will have a chance to enter the essay contest, giving their perspective of Brea's future. There will be four winners selected per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, as judged by the Brea Education Foundation members. The winning essays along with photos will be featured in the book.

                            In addition, we are in the process of scheduling a panoramic book photo to show as many students as possible. And lastly, a whimsy video has been planned to feature an animated Charlie the Clock dancing with children to a song uniquely personalized.

                              The entire project is very community-oriented. Further details are forthcoming.

    • Casting Call – An Exciting Historic Centennial Opportunity for Brea Kids!

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

      Photo: Charlie the Clock as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

      Photo: Festive "Charlie the Clock" as drawn by 2006 BOHS grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, and background image courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.


        BOUSD elementary students, grades 3rd-6th, you can apply to be featured as kid characters in Brea’s 1st children’s book showcasing the city’s iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock in time travel with friends - - celebrating Brea's centennial year in 2017.

          I have received parental consent for Valeria Zavala, a former student of Laurel Elementary, who made history as the first Brea student, awarded California National History Day Champion in 2015. Five more students are needed: one from Arovista, Country Hills, William E. Fanning, Mariposa and Olinda elementary.

            Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.

            Orange County Register News: Our Town Brea, December 26, 2016.


              Overseeing the project based on my concept, the author of the book is Teresa Hampson, known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 years, and 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins, who drew Charlie the Clock caricature, is the book's Illustrator.

                I’m looking for kids who excel at academics and are interested in Brea history!

                  The deadline has been set for Friday, January 6, 2017.

                    If you are interested, I'll need your child's name, name of school, grade level, and academic interests.

                      No doubt, it's going to be a very hard decision. Parents will be notified either way. More to come on Charlie the Clock group photo book op and sub-project opportunities for BOUSD kids, grades 3rd - 6th.

                        Please send your information via private message on Brea Old and New Facebook/Instagram or news@breaoldandnew.com. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

                          I look forward to hearing from you!

                            Thank you!

    • BOHS GITA Club to build Charlie the Clock centennial children’s website

      2 months ago by in ( BBON , Broadcast your Event , City Guide , Culture/Arts , Events , News , Old/New , Schools , Video Adventures , Welcome to Brea , What's New! , Who's Who )

      What did the unwound clock say to its owner? A: It’s about time!


        Update on Brea’s historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock caricicature:

          Today, I met with Mr. Salesky, the creator and sole instructor of BOHS GITA (Global IT Academy), and three of his students, Anjali Patel, Zoya Kahn and Kyle Tam, who are working on building a Charlie the Clock website -- showcasing the city of Brea's first children's book, celebrating its centennial year in 2017.
    • Birch Hills Golf Course Clubhouse now open

      3 months 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 months 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!

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