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

    11 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

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

    11 months ago by

    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!

    12 months ago by

    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

    12 months ago by

    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

    1 year ago by

    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.

  • Brea Police Department to wear badges commemorating city centennial

    1 year ago by

    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

    1 year ago by

    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

    1 year ago by

    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

  • Brea PD Historian, Officer Celmer, to share historical collection with BBON

    1 year ago by

    Who knew Brea has a police historian? Officer Jason Celmer, the historian for Brea PD, preceded Officer Dennis Gray when he retired.


      Many of you longtime residents of Brea may know Jason Celmer, as his family has been residing in the city for many decades. Celmer attended Montessori of Brea, followed by Arovisita Elemenary School, Brea Junior High, and Brea Olinda High School, graduating in 1993. BOHS Class of 1993 was the first class to complete all four years at the new high school located on Wildcat Way, said Celmer.

        Can you find Officer Jason Celmer? In the picture dating back to February 17, 1996, Celmer poses along with fellow Brea Cadet Tac team. Courtesy of Jason Celmer.

        Can you find Officer Jason Celmer? In the picture dating back to February 17, 1996, Celmer poses along with fellow Brea PD Tac Team. Courtesy of Jason Celmer.


          While talking to Celmer at the police station in his office, he was taking down memory lane reminiscing about orange groves, old Brea Downtown with one lane in each direction, and the unique downtown Chinese themed Red Lantern Theater, which opened in 1922 and closed in the 1970’s.

            In his early teens, his longtime career with the city began 27 years ago working as a basketball coach in the community services division at the age of 15 1/2 years old. Current Assistant City Manager, Chris Emeterio, who is also a longtime Brean, hired him. Nineteen of those years, he has served as a Brea PD officer, hired in January of 1997.

              “I’ve been self-described a history geek my entire life.” chuckled Celmer. I especially enjoy touching history and going places and seeing things where I can lay my hands on it and be in the places,’’ he said.

                His predecessor, former Officer Gray, who lives nearby in Fullerton, often connect regarding police memorabilia. Way back then, Gray started writing history for the Brea PD, storing a lot of information. His history flyers are still given out, though not up-to-date, because his collection of history stopped in 2001-2002 when Gray retired, according to Celmer. “Everything that I have been trying to save for the last 10 or 15 years are things that he collected and essentially left to me, as being the local person who was interested in history,” replied Celmer.

                  Celmer became the go-to person taking over Gray’s presentations in the citizen’s academy for the department of history. He receives emails containing historical information; people drop things off at the front desk such as a retiree’s 1960’s badge, from the family of Chief Atkins. He also works with organizations such as the Brea Historical Society when they contact him.

                    Bin of Brea PD police memorabilia. Courtesy Jason Celmer.

                    Bin of Brea PD police memorabilia. Courtesy Jason Celmer.


                      Something’s are unidentifiable. On top of the memorabilia pile seen in his office, lays a wood frame of an unknown officer posed in front of a house. Celmer said, “Nobody on staff knows who is it.” There is not a description on the photograph, but he and his fellow officers figure it can be traced back to the 1940’s.

                        Celmer is very busy. He is the president of Brea PD Association and also the department’s liaison for the Brea PD Alumni, which he refers to as the “Old Fogies,” saying some of them don’t mind the title.

                          Although he wears many hats, he still manages his time well and is trying his best to carry the torch in preserving Brea PD's rich history.

                            A fun spirited person, it will be an honor and joy working with Officer Celmer in sharing our police department's history--as we celebrate 100 years in 2017!

  • California is the first state to teach LGBT history in schools

    1 year ago by

    With a unanimous vote by the California State Board of Education in July, California public schools will now teach LGBT history. The State Board will implement a 2011 state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown which requires schools to include LGBT history as early as second grade. This decision will make California the first state in the nation to teach LGBT history in school textbooks.


      According to Peter Tira, information officer for the California Department of Education, the policy will go into effect immediately across California elementary, middle, and high school history classes, in time for the 2016-2017 school year. Tira also adds that there is a 2017 deadline for school textbooks to include LGBT content.

        At BOHS, the Social Science Department has not developed new plans as of yet to implement the new curriculum, according to Matt Rainwater, department head. However, Rainwater, along with fellow history teacher, Brian Schlueter, already include LGBT history as part of their civil rights unit, as both believe inclusion of the LGBT community is essential to teaching American history. Regarding the deadline, Rainwater notes that a majority of current history textbooks at BOHS are “almost as old as the students who study them” as many date back to 2002.

          However, at lower schools, such inclusion is not as. According to Trish Walsh, Country Hills Elementary School principal, the school currently teaches the curriculum adopted by the BOUSD School Board of Education, but no plans have been made to adopt new social studies textbooks as of yet.

            “Our students will enter college classrooms and the workplace in the next few years and they’re going to come across people of many different backgrounds. To assume that a place of higher education or any workplace is purely a heterosexual workplace would be very wrong. We have not just people of different ethnic backgrounds, but people of different gender identities and sexualities amongst us. And to pretend that they don’t exist is not just doing a disservice to them but a disservice to them as global citizens,” Eugene Lee, history teacher, said.

              From second grade, students will learn about diverse family structures, such as families with LGBT parents, to help students “locate themselves and their own families in history and learn about the lives and historical struggles of their peers,” according to the text of the framework.

                The BOHS Gay-Straight Alliance Club president Alisa Fang, junior, believes this addition is a huge step for the LGBT community. “For California to implement LGBTQ history into school textbooks is...amazing, for lack of a better word. LGBT youth are more likely to suffer bullying in school, suffer from depression, and commit suicide. This is not okay. People are substituting something as innocent and pure as love with hate and intolerance. I hope that with the aid of LGBTQ history into schools, this vicious cycle can be broken. By including LGBTQ history in our history books, we are not only acknowledging the sacrifices made, but we are also changing the perspective of future generations to a more open-minded one (hopefully).”

                  Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, believes that the inclusion of LGBT history is “a big win for our students.” “This document will improve the teaching and learning of history and social science. It will give our students access to the latest historical research and help them learn about the diversity of our state and the contributions of people and groups who may not have received the appropriate recognition in the past,” Torlakson said.

                    Critics of the state decision, such as the National Association of Scholars and Breitbart News, believe the ruling is “absurd” and “the height of political correctness”. But others applaud the move, noting that this furthers California’s history of progressivism.

                      “This is a small world, this is an ephemeral life, a temporary life we live,” Lee said. “And for us to exclude people based on their gender identity is not only wrong -- it’s going to push us behind. There are many [LGBT] people who serve in the military, who are in the entertainment industry, who are teachers, who are students, and they all deserve a voice. And I think California as a progressive state is doing an outstanding job leading the nation once again in what a progressive state looks like.”

                        Author: Anabel King

                          Anabel King is a student reporter for Beautiful Brea Old and New. You can contact this writer at anabelking7@gmail.com.

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