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2013 year-end review with Brea’s “Newsy Suzie”

6 years ago by in ( City Guide , Culture/Arts , Events , News , Old/New , Reunion , Schools , Welcome to Brea , Who's Who )

Our Susan Gaede, a.k.a. “Newsy Suzie,” is a longtime Brea resident and newspaper columnist covering Brea and La Habra for more than three decades.

    Here's a wrap up of column highlights throughout the year:

      - Biggiest and most interesting scoops:1998 Brea Olinda High School grad Aaron Sittig helped in the design of Facebook. He created special features including the ability to tag photos and the "like" button.

        Aaron Sittig, Brea Olinda High School grad, helped in the design of Facebook. He created special features including the ability to tag photos and the "like" button. (courtesy Brea High School)

          - Ann Herbert was the first women to join Brea Lions Club in over 91 years.

          Ann Herbert was the first woman to join the Brea Lions Club in over 91 years. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

            "BREA" was an answer in the New York Times crossword "City next to Fullerton was the clue".

              -2000 Brea grad Shae Winker (Shae Casamento) and husband, Ray, had triplets e.g. Evan, Ava, and Ryden on September 16, and former councilman Steve Vargas and wife, Lisa, are the proud grandparents of the trio.

                Raycen and Mikayl Winker hold their triplet siblings (left to right) Evan, Ava and Ryden. (Courtesy Two Little Feathers Photography)

                  -Whitney McMurtrie was on Wheel of Fortune and won $3,800.

                    Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School graduate, currently serves as a Disneyland Ambassador.

                      -Buffalo Wild Wings shot their national campaign commercial in Brea. The theme was for the NCAA playoffs...and brought over 200 people to the downtown from Hollywood...dozens of crew trucks, etc., etc.

                        -1997 BOHS alum Reymundo Perez is the art supervisor for the 3 “Avatar” movies. He has been working with James Cameron for 8 years.

                          -Home Goods drew the most response of any column item, Lots and lots of calls asking when it was going to open.

                            Biz news: Lots of new restaurants opened this year: Lazy Dog, Bruno’s , Burrissimo, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Grafcio’s are among them.

                              -School board trustee Joe Rollino opened his fourth Subway in Brea and it is open all night. He owns 14 others throughout Orange County.

                                -Campitelli Cookies closed after being in town since the 1980’s.


                                    - Fritz Coleman, Channel 4 weatherman and comedian, performed at the Curtis Theatre in a hilarious one man show. He also did his Channel 4 broadcast from Eagle Hills in Brea and featured some of the decorated holiday homes.

                                      -Mark Kercheville has taught for 40 years at Arovista Elementary School and retired this year. He was in the first Kindergarten class at Arovista in 1956!

                                        -Gil Basbas delivered his last letter July 23 after delivering the mail in Brea for 30 years.

                                          -Elegant Elsie Bergman was given 6 different parties in her honor celebrating her 100th birthday.

                                            -Elizabeth Anderson, 32, ran the Boston Marathon in three hours and 41 minutes. She was in the family reunion area when she heard the explosion.

                                              -19 year Brea Olinda school trustee, author of Brea-Celebrating 75 Years: An Illustrated History, and co-chair of the 8 K race for many years, Teresa Hampson, resigned because she and her husband, Gary, were moving to Santa Rosa.

                                                -Connie Allred is the second highest in sales nationwide selling Cookie Lee Jewelry, and has won sales awards netting her a Mercedes and 11 vacation trips.

                                                  -Jenna Lambourne was named BOHS homecoming queen.... Rayne Meeks was named Prom Queen and Jake Flowers, Prom King.

                                                    -John McEntee and Corey Leyton chaired and foot the bill for the 1973 Brea Olinda High School Class Reunion. All classes in the '70s were invited to attend.

                                                      BOHS Reunion attendees, from left Cindi Palmer, class of 1976, Kelly Smith Wilcott, class of 1976 and Lori Barber Schiller, class of 1977, have fun with the wax lips that were among the favors at the reunion. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

                                                        -Araz Pourmorad, 2003 BOHS grad is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Continuity for the White House. He was the Easter bunny for Obama at the traditional White House Egg Roll in 2012.

                                                          -Alyson J. Davidson, 2005 BOHS grad, has returned from two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and is now studying medicine at Georgetown University.

                                                            -Kylie and Kendall Jenner debuted their new line of clothes at Pac Sun at the Mall. Dennis Rodman popped in to say “hello” to the girls. Dwight Manley was Rodman’s Sports agent and Rodman stayed at his Brea home.

                                                              -Kendall Rodriguez, was signed to play professional Women’s basketball at GiroLive Panthers in Germany

                                                                -Sharon Wagner resigned as Chamber Executive director. Sylvia Bianci resigned as exectuive director of the Brea Downtown.

                                                                  -Crystal ball: The crystal ball revealed Dwight Manley and partner Tony Fanticola are the new owners of the Brea Gaslight Center.

                                                                    -Honors: Hands on Mariposa principal Dr. Helene Cunningham, a 2013 National Distingushed Principal for the state of California, was honored at the White House on October 24-25. -BOHS alum Sachiko White, is a Disneyland Ambassador.

                                                                      -The Brea-Olinda High School Guidance Department has earned a national award, making BOHS the most highly decorated and recognized high school guidance department in the United States.

                                                                        -The BOHS choir and cheerleaders won on a national level.

                                                                          First for Brea: The first ever district-wide school play took place November 16-and 17 at the suggestion of Fanning PTA. Approximately 165 students from all Brea elementary schools participated.

                                                                            The Brea Olinda School district put on their first ever district-wide school play Aladdin. Shown (l-r) Carley Noller and Nathan Matthews (courtesy Jon Gaede) Brea 2013 column review

                                                                            -Club news: All of the service clubs outdid themselves. For example Brea Lions Club raised over $50,000 & distributed close to $30,000 to several charities, high schools & youth groups who participated in ticket & ad sales. Brea Rotary raised $65,000 on their Orange County Food and Wine Festival with proceeds going to Choc and local needs.

                                                                              Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at
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