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  • Olinda Elementary students named state champions for National History Day

    1 month ago by

    After taking first-place ribbons at the National History Day Orange County Competition on March 11, five fifth-graders from Olinda Elementary School advanced to the state's National History Day Competition on May 6.


      Brea students at the state History Day Competition are, from left, Zoe Panis, Jiya Patel, Erika Yang, Jocelyn Islas and Sean Cronin. Their teacher, Jill Berrner, is standing behind first-place winners, Jocelyn and Sean.


        One nation's largest state History day competitions, California has more than 1,200 participants each spring.

          Sean Cronin and Jocelyn Islas took first place for individual projects. Sean's was "Claus von Stauffenberg's Stand Against the Nazi Regime," and Jocelyn's was "Harriet Tubman: Taking a Stand for Freedom."

            Quite an honor for Brea and Orange County!

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

  • Kids Imagine Brea essay contest winners chosen

    4 months ago by

    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

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

    5 months ago by

    "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

  • Annual Brea SummerFest Giveaway on BBON

    1 year ago by

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      It’s a “Thriller” to announce our annual BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway, but first….

        MoonWalker the reflection of Michael.

        MoonWalker the reflection of Michael.

        You can’t beat it, beat it, beat it! The Annual 29th Brea SummerFest is coming on June 1-3, with a variety of entertainment tribute bands performing mimicry, creativity, and showmanship of many legendary bands such as Michael Jackson, Led Zepplin, No Doubt, U2, Huey Lewis and the News, and Fleetwood Mac. Plus, more family-fun on the carnival side with nearly 20 rides and no one ever goes hungry or thirsty at this festival!

          No need to “Ramble On.” Just enter our BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway to win -- starting on Monday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 1!

            UPDATE: TWO ADDITIONAL WINNERS FOR A TOTAL OF LUCKY 7 -- Thanks to The Absolute Wurst!

              SEVEN Lucky Winners will receive gifts from favorite local eateries:

                *Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Brea --$25 Gift Card

                  *Mendocino Farms Brea-- $35 Sandwich Voucher good for 2 Mendo Sandwiches and 2 Puck’s Fountain Sodas.

                    *Mammalucco's-- $25 Gift Card

                      *Dog Haus Fullerton gifts valued at $180. (4) people to win: Combo Meal Gift Cards – choice of drink, fries or tots, burger, hotdog or sausage dog. Retail value per four promo cards: $45

                        Winners announced on BBON Facebook on Thursday, June 2.

                          Good LuCk and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

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  • Laurel Elementary Students Receive Recognition for Orange County National History Day

    1 year ago by

    Many of Laurel Elementary Schools students received recognition at the Orange County National History Day Award Ceremony held last week.


      In the Performance Category, the Runners-up for their project: Siege of Los Angeles were Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, and Sergio Rendon. Honorable mention to Andrew Castaneda for his website on Rocketry.

        Junior Finalists (Left to right)  Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, Sergio Rendon, and Eduardo Hernandez were Runners-up in the Performance Category. Their project was on The Siege of Los Angeles. Andrew Castaneda (Right) received Honorable Mention for his website on Rocketry.

        Junior Finalists (Left to right) Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, Sergio Rendon, and Eduardo Hernandez were Runners-up in the Performance Category. Their project was on The Siege of Los Angeles. Andrew Castaneda (Right) received Honorable Mention for his website on Rocketry.


          Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano were recognized as County Champions in the Elementary Division. Roman and Jewel will advance to the California National History Day competition, just like Valeria Zavala, who was named California NHD Champion - the first student in Brea to receive the award under the guidance of Laurel Teacher Jill Berrner. Roman's project is about Walter Johnson, and Jewel's is about The Special Olympics.

            Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano received recognition as County Champions in the Elementary Division.

            Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano received recognition as County Champions in the Elementary Division.

            Jason Choi  won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest entitled "A Caring Representation." ​

            Jason Choi won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest entitled "A Caring Representation." ​

            Three more Laurel students also received Judges Choice Medals. They were Antonio Alas and Jason Choi (for their project about Bill Gates, and Anna Riley Boozer who researched Dian Fossey. Jason Choi also won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest last week with his essay entitled "A Caring Representation" ​

  • City of Brea’s 99th Birthday Giveaway on BBON

    1 year ago by

    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up ! Brea Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up!
    Brea's Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

    2 years ago by

    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • BBON Gem Giveaway Q&A with Truly Ruby designer, Ruby Macarian Schlachter

    2 years ago by

    It's October 1, and we're starting the holidays with a jewel of a GIVEAWAY from Ruby Macarian Schlachter of Truly Ruby. I love the holidays, especially decorating and attending family/friends gatherings. And a great pair of earrings and a bracelet adds sparkle to any outfit, especially our bedazzled jewels giveaway - bracelet and earring set:

    Enter our Giveaway and win: Roman Goddess..Beautiful African turquoise with antiqued bronze and antiqued brass. The bracelet price is $115 and earrings are $42, totaling $157!

    Enter our Giveaway and win: Roman Goddess..Beautiful African turquoise with antiqued bronze and antiqued brass. The bracelet price is $115 and earrings are $42, totaling $157!

    So, do participate in our giveaway and you may be the 'lucky one' to win. Our GIVEAWAY will take place on BBON Facebook Tuesday, October 6 -Thursday, October 8. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday!

      Meet Ruby Macarian Schlachter of Truly Ruby Jewelry.

      Meet Ruby Macarian Schlachter of Truly Ruby Jewelry.


        BBON: What inspired you 20 years ago to start making jewelry?

          Ruby: I was a stay home mom and loved doing crafts. I saw a bracelet class and took it and I become obsessed with creating pieces! Though, I'm pretty much self-taught. Lots of reading, hands on designing and books!

            BBON: Ruby Jewelry is custom made to order, making it a very personal treasure. Thus, you must have many stories about creating particular jewelry for clients.

              Ruby: Well I love designing custom pieces. My favorites include a custom bangle that I designed for a friend of mine for his wife. Each piece I make can be custom created depending on the person's likes and color favorites. I also have created mothers bracelets for new mothers. Those are always fun to design.
              From the collection of Truly Ruby Jewelry

              From the collection of Truly Ruby Jewelry


                BBON: Explain the process of making custom jewelry?

                  Ruby: I usually start with a metal, like sterling silver or gold filled, then decide on color and the choice of gemstones, pearls or Swarovski crystals. I mainly design in my head but sometimes draw the piece out.

                    BBON: Do your clients generally have an idea of the type of jewelry they want when placing a custom made order?

                      Ruby: Yes they usually have a color in mind and what type of metal they want. I usually take the designing into my own hands from there.

                        BBON: Where can people purchase your jewelry?

                          Ruby: It can be purchased at Truly Ruby Jewelry and also at Full Bloom Cottage in Brea. It will soon be available at Tempo Urban Kitchen and also La Petite Florist on Brea Blvd. You can also see all my creations at Truly Ruby Facebook.
                          From the collection of Truly Ruby Jewelry

                          From the collection of Truly Ruby Jewelry


                            BBON: What are the most popular pieces of your jewelry collection?

                              Ruby: I would have to say bracelets are the most popular. Crosses sell really well also.

                                BBON: Turnaround time probably depends on quantity and type of jewelry, most likely, but on average, how long does it take you to provide a customer with custom jewelry?

                                  Ruby: It really depends on the piece. Because they are custom designed, I usually say about two weeks but it’s possible they can be done sooner than that.

                                    On a more personal note...

                                      BBON: How long have you lived in Brea?

                                        Ruby: I've lived in Brea about 17 years.

                                          BBON: Tell us a little about your family?

                                            Ruby: We are a family of four. I have three beautiful daughters, raised in Brea, and a few Chihuahuas 🙂

                                              BBON: What are your favorite hangouts in Brea?

                                                Ruby: My favorite spots include Tempo Urban Kitchen, Cha Cha's and Bruno's .

  • BBON DOGust Days Giveaway

    2 years ago by

    Summer just got better as we celebrate your pets with "DOGust Days Giveaway" starting next week on Tuesday August 18 through Thursday, August 20 on Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook. Our pet loving sponsors are Craig’s Crazy Critters Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, Wiggle Waggle Pet Resort, and Brea Veterinary Hospital – giving 4 great prizes to win for 4 lucky winners!


      Our promotional doggie Maximus, named after the Gladiator, is from San Diego although he has connections in Brea.  Max loves being pampered, playing with other furry friends, exploring other peoples houses, and the list goes on ... according to his mommy.

      Our promotional doggie Maximus, named after the Gladiator, is from San Diego -- although he has connections in Beautiful Brea. Max loves being pampered, playing with other furry friends, exploring other peoples houses, and the list goes on ... according to his mommy.


        Prize no. 1

          Craig's Crazy Critters Dog Walking & Pet Sitting: One week of 30-minute day walks, valued at $75.

            Founded on February 1, 2013, Craig and Jan Hodgson of Craig’s Crazy Critters Dog Walking & Pet Sitting services including cats, birds and turtles, have worked hard to gain a loyal following of clients who entrust their critters to the couple. They'll cater to your busy schedule in order to keep your pets happy and healthy.

              Prize no. 2 & 3

                Wiggle Waggle Pet Resort: (2) $25 Gift Cards

                  Jeanette with the help of her furry four legged family members - Roo, Mini, Peanut - and staff members Beth, social media coordinator and resort’s pastry chef, and Jason, marketing coordinator and cycling fanatic, run a 4,000 square foot first-rate state-of-the-art facility with a fun atmosphere offering a host of services including daycare, boarding, grooming, training, and retail products.

                    Prize no. 4

                      Brea Veterinary Hospital: Complimentary Wellness Exam, valued at $59.

                        For over 40 years Brea Veterinary Hospital has served the community starting with Dr. Sparks and since 1999, Dr. Forbes. With two doctors on the premises (Dr. Julie Forbes and Dr. Allison Massenzio) along with Office Manager, Julie Clark, and 10 invaluable employees, they offer an equip full-service medical, surgical and dental care facility, providing professional and compassionate care for dogs and cats.

  • Brea Olinda student awarded National History Day Champion for State of California

    2 years ago by

    5th grade Laurel Elementary student, Valeria Zavala makes Brean history as  National History Day Champion for the State of California. Photo submitted by Teacher Jill Berrner.

    5th grade Laurel Elementary student, Valeria Zavala makes Brean history as NHD Champion for the State of California. Photo submitted by Teacher Jill Berrner.


      Have you heard? Valeria Zavala, a 5th grade student at Laurel Elementary School, made local history as the first Brea student to to be awarded National History Day Champion for the State of California! That’s right! With over 500,000 participants each year, she was the first student from Brea to make it to the state level competition, let alone win.

        Teacher, Jill Berrner, is very proud. So are we."Being able to participate in National History Day, represent Brea and Orange County at state competition and come back as a champion was a great experience for me. I am looking forward to participate in NHD next year and the year after that. I hope more kids from Orange County get to experience what is like to come back home as a champion," said Valeria.

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