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

    3 days 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

    2 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

    3 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.”

  • 1998 BOHS grad, Mark Rober, breaks record for world’s largest Nerf gun

    3 months ago by

    Mark Rober Guinness World Records 2016 Photo Credit: James Ellerker/Guinness World Records

    BOHS class of 1998 graduate Mark Rober recently has been packing some pretty big heat. What’s more, he’s used it to blast his way into the Guinness World Records 2017: Blockbusters! book.

      To win an office “arms race” not long after he started a new engineering job in Silicon Valley, Rober spent several weeks designing and building an incredibly high-powered toy weapon that’s recently been recognized as “the world’s largest Nerf gun.” At six feet long, his super-sized creation combines a toilet plunger with a paint ball pressure tank to shoot foam pool-noodle bullets up to 50 yards at 40 mph.

        For Rober, who collected Guinness World Records books as a youngster, his new title is a dream come true. “It’s really cool to make it into the Guinness book,” he reflected. “I never thought I’d get a record, but it’s always been a secret, bucket list kind of thing. And now I have the official certificate hanging in my office!”

          The Sunnydale-based engineer-inventor-entrepreneur long has engaged in science for both fun and profit. The driving force behind both a Science Channel show (“The Quick And The Curious”) and a set of more than 50 engaging and educational YouTube videos with more than 300 million views and over 2 million subscribers. Rober has also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), given a TED talk, contributed articles to Men’s Health and created and sold a successful digital costume company. What’s more, he regularly appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

            After earning engineering degrees from BYU and USC, he joined JPL in 2004 and worked for seven years on the Curiosity car-sized robotic rover, which landed on Mars’ Gale Crater in 2012. Today the Curiosity continues its investigation of the red planet’s habitability, studying its climate and geology in preparation for a future manned mission. While at JPL, Rober also designed and delivered hardware on GRAIL (gravitational field mapping of the moon to determine its interior structure) and SMAP (an Earth observation satellite measuring soil moisture to enhance flood and drought prediction, weather forecasting and more), and was part of the team that built "JPL Wired," a comprehensive knowledge capture wiki for use within the organization.

              In October of 2011, Rober’s first YouTube video, a decidedly high-tech Halloween costume, hit the news and went viral, drawing 1.5 million views in only one day. (This “gaping hole in torso” getup was made by duct taping two iPads…one to his chest and one to his back…and linking the two using FaceTime video chat to create the illusion of seeing right through his body.)

                The public’s enthusiastic reception to this costume led Rober to patent the integration of apps with clothing and costumes, and in 2012 to launch the online shop Digital Dudz in his spare time. His costumes quickly sparked interest on TV shows including “CBS News,” ” The Jay Leno Show,” “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America,” and with advertising done only on YouTube, Digital Dudz earned a quarter million dollars in just its first three weeks.

                  By 2013, Rober’s costumes were being carried in hundreds of Party City and other specialty shops across the country. He sold Digital Dudz that year to British costume-maker Morphsuits, and left his job at NASA to join the company as chief creative officer. He later signed a deal with Disney to create augmented outfits modeled on Marvel Comics superheroes.

                    Rober’s fun-loving YouTube career has blossomed since 2013, with more than 50 engaging entries. His creative popular science and do-it-yourself gadget ideas range from April Fools'Day pranks to moving dart boards that create bullseyes, snow ball machine guns made from leaf blowers and even improvements on science fair projects like the lowly egg drop (having come a long way from his first egg drop contest in BOHS honors physics). To date, the video of his record-breaking Guinness Nerf gun has received more than 19 million views.

                      "I love to take something commonplace and reuse it in ridiculous and original ways," Rober said. His 2 million YouTube subscribers are certainly glad that he does.Catch him online at youtube.com/c/MarkRober.

                        Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle (714)529-8561 or email me her at suzgaede@aol.com.

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

    4 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.

  • 2003 BOHS grad Araz Pourmorad proud to serve under the Obama administration

    5 months ago by

    Brea


      “Only in this great country of ours can a 13-year-old immigrant who arrived knowing just three words in English (yes, no and monkey) grow up one day to work for the President of the United States.” So said Araz Pourmorad, 2003 Brea Olinda High graduate.

        President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Araz Pourmorad, Deputy Director of Operations and Continuity, WH Operations in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House)


          “It was a great honor and the privilege of my life to serve the Obama administration in the White House, but now my nine-year journey has come to an end,” Araz wrote as the administration wound down this past winter.

            Araz first served at the White House as deputy director of operations and continuity, and later was promoted to State Protocol. During his years in that post, he managed the visits of heads of states and governments to the United States.

              Travel was also part of his “amazing experience,” as his work took him all over the world.

                Not one to forget his roots, Araz expressed special thanks to his parents, Fereydon “Fred” and Fatemeh Pourmorad of Brea, for making the sacrifices they did so he could have this special opportunity. While serving in Washington,D.C., he also invited three of his Brea Olinda High teachers, Barbara Arcyznski, Janet Chapluk and Marjorie Sepulveda, all of Brea, to visit the White House.

                  A USC graduate with a degree in political science, Araz said he particularly loved the First Family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny, and adored acting as the Easter Bunny in the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll.

                    Asked what he thought of former President Barack Obama, he said he believed him to be “one of the greatest presidents in history.”

                      Though sad to say goodbye to his friends in D.C., Araz has landed on his feet and now works on public policy at Google.

                        We knew him when…

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

  • Olinda Elementary students named state champions for National History Day

    6 months 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.

  • City of Brea Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

    6 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.
  • A sneak peek at Brea’s very first young people’s history

    9 months ago by

    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!!!🎂

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

    10 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.

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