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

    4 weeks ago by

    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

    3 months ago by

    Brea


      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

    4 months ago by

    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

    4 months ago by

    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.

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

    5 months ago by

    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

    5 months ago by

    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

    5 months ago by

    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.

  • City of Brea Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

    7 months ago by

    Drum roll, Please!


      4 Days and Counting!

        Celebrate Brea's centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.


          Historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock is ticking in countdown of the City of Brea’s centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.

            The parade will feature over 100 entries including USC Trojan Marching Band, the 501st Legion/Southern California Garrison Star Wars Group, BOHS Ladycat sport stars, local youth and sport groups, Brea police and fire departments, Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra, and much more!!

              Andrea Barber, actor known for Full House, Fuller House, and Days of Our Lives, along with former Major League legendary pitchers, Randy Jones and Charlie Hough, will be the grand marshals for the parade! All three special guests share a connection with the City of Brea.

                Free parking is available, courtesy of Beckman Coulter, at the southeast corner of Birch and Kraemer. Street closures in the area begin at 7:00 a.m. on the centennial parade and picnic day.
  • Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    8 months ago by

    Brea’s first children’s book, a centennial celebration, named Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Excerpt from chapter three: ONE HECK of a DECADE

        Author, Teresa Hampson

          Illustration by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins

            The Brea Bowl held on Halloween in 1924 between Brea's baseball hero, Walter Johnson, aka “The Big Train” and his friend baseball player, Babe Ruth, aka “The Sultan of Swing.
            Book characters from left to right: Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Charlie the Clock, Roman, Madison and Lauren.


              "Stop the clock!” gasped Roman. “What are Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth doing here?”

                "Crazy, isn’t it?” Charlie agreed. “But the answer’s really simple. Walter Johnson grew up in Olinda, where everyone adored baseball and every oil company fielded a team, and his very first pitching experience came during his years there. Major league players often went on tour during the off season in these days, so when Johnson came back to Brea, it was natural for him to bring along some friends for a charity baseball game!”

                  As Charlie spoke, the game got underway, and Ruth, who normally played outfield, stepped in as his team’s pitcher. Most in the crowd started out rooting for Johnson, their hometown son, but Ruth’s batting talent caused quite a few to switch sides. One wonderful inning followed another, and then Ruth again stepped up to the plate.

                    "I can’t believe I’m seeing Babe Ruth play!” shrieked Jesse, a big baseball fan. And just as he said it, an enormous roar rose from the field.

                      “Look at it go!” shouted Skyler, pointing to a ball barreling way out into the field… When that huge home run finally touched down, thrilled officials measured it a 550-foot grand slam – ample reason for naming Ruth the day’s most valuable player.

                        "It looks like Walter Johnson’s team is losing, but nobody seems to mind,” Madison observed a little while later.

                          She was right. The fortunate fans who saw Johnson and Ruth face off that autumn afternoon seldom spoke of (or even seemed to recall) what the final score was, but always considered themselves blessed to be there for Brea’s great day in baseball.

                            "Charlie, that was the BEST afternoon ever!!!!!” Jesse exclaimed as the post-game photo session wrapped up. “You really outdid yourself this time!”

                              “Oh, I have my moments,” Charlie beamed. “But right now – we’ve gotta fly!”

  • Brea Kids Centennial Children’s Book Photo Shoot

    10 months ago by

    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

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