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

    2 years 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.

  • BOHS GITA Club to build Charlie the Clock centennial children’s website

    2 years 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.
  • Country Hills student, Marissa Valencia, is Honda’s space camp girl

    2 years ago by

    Have you been watching the Honda commercial in which a thrilled and surprised 9-year-old is awarded a trip to Space Camp? The girl in the unscripted commercial is none other than Brea Country Hills Elementary student Marissa Valencia.

    Marissa Valencia, 9, a Country Hills student, is featured in a Honda commercial. Honda gave her a trip to space camp in Alabama. She is shown with the "Helpful Honda guy." Courtesy of SoCal Honda

    Marissa Valencia, 9, a Country Hills student, is featured in a Honda commercial. Honda gave her a trip to space camp in Alabama. She is shown with the "Helpful Honda guy." Courtesy of SoCal Honda


      Her mother, Nina, said it seems like all of Brea has bonded over seeing her on TV or the internet.

        Marissa is fascinated with anything to do with science and visits Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey once a month to learn more. It was there that a casting director came looking for kids.

          The well-spoken fourth grader won a trip to Space Camp courtesy of Honda, and attended along with her father. The company gave her an astronaut outfit (Her father got so “into it” that he purchased one as well!).

            At Camp, Marissa was busy all day, but her two most memorable experiences were going on simulated space missions and building a rocket she was able to bring home.

              Now, more than ever, Marisa Valencia wants to be, “the first woman to touch the moon.”

                Catch her ad online by entering keywords, "Honda" and "space camp."

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

  • 1977 BOHS and Photojournalist Jon Gaede incredible images from Rio 2016 Olympics

    2 years ago by

    Did you enjoy the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games? We did! Actually, for most people it was a welcome retreat from what's going on in the world! Just as amazing it was to see every athlete in action; it was interesting to learn about their background. Everybody has a story to tell.


      USA Results:

        U.S. scores the top medal count at 46 Gold, 37 Silver, and 38 Bronze, for a total of 121 medals.

          Team USA’s 121 medals are the most ever for a U.S. team in a non-boycotted Games, topping the previous high of 110 from Beijing in 2008.

            With 2-3 hours of sleep throughout the games and up to two-hour bus rides between events, Gaede shot thousands of photos. Below are 45 stunning images from his collection:

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Olympics

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

              Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

              Olympic Flame

              Olympic Flame

              Rings formed from green

              Rings formed from green

              Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

              Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

              2016 Rio USA Olympic Team

              2016 Rio USA Olympic Team

              USA American sports icon Michael Phelps, winning the men's 200m butterfly final.

              USA American sports icon Michael Phelps, winning the men's 200m butterfly final.

              USA Swimming Team

              USA Swimming Team

              Golf medals

              Justin Rose-Gold Medal Great Britain

              USA Kerri Walsh blocks Larissa Franca of Brazil.

              USA Kerri Walsh-Jennings blocks Larissa Franca of Brazil.

              USA Volleyball Bronze, Walsh and Jennings.

              USA Volleyball Bronze, Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross.

              Kerri  and husband Casey.

              Kerri and husband Casey.

              USA Phil Dahlhusser set

              USA Phil Dahlhusser set

              USA Jeff Henderson wins gold in long jump.

              USA Jeff Henderson wins gold in long jump.

              USA basketball final

              USA basketball final

              Team Synchro Australia

              Team Synchro Australia

              USA Serena Willams

              USA Serena Willams gives a smile

              Ashleigh Johnson and Kami Craig celebrate water polo gold.

              Ashleigh Johnson and Kami Craig celebrate water polo gold.

              Rafael Nadal of Spain doubles gold

              Rafael Nadal of Spain doubles gold

              USA Bubba Watson

              USA Bubba Watson

              USA Simone Manuel -swimming

              USA Simone Manuel -swimming

              USA Chaunte Lowe - women's high jump

              USA Chaunte Lowe - women's high jump

              USA women's 100

              USA women's 100

              USA Ryan Murphy 400m silver medalist

              USA Ryan Murphy 400m silver medalist

              Kenya David Rudisha gold, Algeria Taoufik Makhioufi silver, and USA Clayton Murphy bronze.

              Kenya David Rudisha gold, Algeria Taoufik Makhioufi silver, and USA Clayton Murphy bronze.

              Brazil Thiago da Silva pole vault gold

              Brazil Thiago da Silva pole vault gold

              USA Fencing Women's Team bronze

              USA Fencing Women's Team bronze

              Copacabana beach Volleyball venue

              Copacabana beach Volleyball venue

              Gold medalist: Left to right, Henrik Stenson (Sweden Silver) Justin Rose (Great Britain Gold) and Matt Kutcher (USA) Bronze.

              Gold medalist: Left to right, Henrik Stenson (Sweden Silver) Justin Rose (Great Britain Gold) and Matt Kutcher (USA) Bronze.

              USA women's basketball

              USA women's basketball

              USA Sam Kendrick pole vault

              USA Sam Kendrick pole vault

              Kevin Durant USA vs China

              Kevin Durant USA vs China

              Jamaican Usain Bolt 200m run - fastest man in the world.

              Jamaican Usain Bolt 200m run - fastest man in the world.

              Canada diving team

              Canada diving team

              USA beach volleyball - Phil Dahlhausser/Nicholas Lucena

              USA beach volleyball - Phil Dahlhausser/Nicholas Lucena

              USA Serena Williams

              USA Serena Williams

              Ekaterina Volkova - Russia

              Ekaterina Volkova - Russia

              USA Syncho Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA Syncho Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA basketball final

              USA basketball final

              USA diving team

              USA diving team

              USA synchro Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA synchro Mariya Korelev and Anita Alvarez

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              USA Simone Biles

              Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony - Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony fireworks

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony Olympic flag and flame

              Rio 2016 closing ceremony Olympic flag and flame

  • Grand Slam – Brea Centennial Angels Night!

    2 years ago by

    Special Announcement:


      In commemoration of the city’s momentous 100th birthday, please welcome City of Brea Centennial Angels Night!

        Save the date: City of Brea Centennial Angels Night on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

        Save the date: City of Brea Centennial Angels Night on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. 2017


          Many of us may have heard about "The Big Game" held on Halloween in 1924 in Brea between Brea’s baseball hero, Walter Johnson aka “The Big Train” and his friend, Babe Ruth aka "The Sultan of Swat.” At the time, the city’s population was approximately 1,500 people, but due to the popular game they had to accommodate 5,000 fans!

            Fast-forward to 2017 and mark your calendars to attend Brea Centennial Night to be held at Angels Stadium on Tuesday, July 18, Angels, VS, Washington Nationals (interleague), 7:00 p.m.

              Lots of fun things are in the planning stages such as a tailgate party (awesome), exclusive ticket offer to include centennial memorabilia (cool), selected seating (yay), Play Ball kid (unforgettable), Steal Third, 7th inning stretch (an experience), Game Ball Delivery (sweet), and pre- and post event history videos (pride)!

                We hope to see y'all there!

  • Eve’s tour – a dancer’s dream come true for 2009 BOHS grad

    2 years ago by

    Congratulations to Nadine Olmo! The 2009 BOHS graduate who will be dancing with Grammy-Award-winning hip-hop recording artist Eve, the opening act for Gwen Stefani in her upcoming "This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour."


      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani.  Courtesy of Vince Trypsin

      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani. Courtesy of Vince Trupsin


        Nadine said she has been dreaming about this day for years, and her hard work paid off. More than a thousand women submitted dance videos of themselves, hoping to be chosen; One hundred were picked to audition. Following rounds of grueling cuts, she was one of just four chosen!

          Nadine started dancing at age three at the Brea Dance Center with the Boyd sisters (also BOHS graduates), Christine, Stephanie and Jenny. After graduation, Nadine moved to New York City and trained at the Broadway Dance Center and with the Dana Foglia Dance Company. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

            The tour opened July 9 at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend. It will travel to 28 cities in the United States and Canada.

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

  • Strike 3! Q&A with Sophia Williams – Little League Baseball

    2 years ago by

    Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or her at e-mail suzgaede@aol.com


      Sophia Williams, 12, is an outstanding pitcher on the Brea Little League team with all the boys. She has been selected as an all-star for three years.

        Sophia Williams loves to strike out the boys, She is a pitcher on a Brea Little League team.(Courtesy Anthony Pai)

        Sophia Williams loves to strike out the boys, She is a pitcher on a Brea Little League team.(Courtesy Anthony Pai)


          Susan: Why did you get into baseball and not softball?

            Sophia: I watched my older brother, Jared, play and it looked like a lot of fun. The softball looked too big; I never wanted to play with the girls.

              Susan: How do the boys treat you on the field?

                Sophia: My teammates treat me like one of the guys. I don't think about being a girl on a boys' team. I just love to play.

                  Susan: What is your favorite part of the game?

                    Sophia: Striking out other players and getting hits.

                      Susan: Do you want to play in high school?

                        Sophia: It would be fun to play in high school; I would love to be the first girl to play in the big leagues.

                          Susan: How did you get the nickname "Syclone?

                            Sophia: My dad starting calling me that because he said I was full of energy like a cyclone, but with an "S" for Sophia.

                              "Sophia's unshakable approach to baseball not only makes her a fierce competitor, but is the foundation for the Brea Little League Indians. Whenever we are in a tough spot, Sophia pulls through for her team” said Chad Guss team manager.

                                We look forward to seeing Sophia as the first girl in Major league Baseball.

  • Brea’s centennial year will kickoff with a parade and picnic

    2 years ago by

    Centennial Countdown Update:


      To say the least, it's a process to plan a centennial celebration. Seven cities in Orange County have successfully executed their anniversary year. Twenty-six cities will follow us. 


        Our centennial kickoff will begin with a parade and picnic on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

          The plan is to bring the community together for a family-oriented fun day involving the whole town including hometown celebrities!

             Photo: From the Jones Family Collection
 Source-Brea: Celebrating 75 Years



            Photo: From the Jones Family Collection

            Source-Brea: Celebrating 75 Years



              1969 BOHS grad and 1976 Cy Young Award Winning Padres pitcher, Randy Jones aka "Junkman," will be back in town to participate!

                The parade will begin mid-morning at Birch Street and Associated Road, and end at Brea's Sports Park where Randy Jones' bronze plaque is hung on a wall among Brea's distinguished athletes. More to come!

  • Wacky Whole Foods Market Meetup

    3 years ago by

    Just another Wednesday at WFM Brea!!


      Time to fuel UP!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!


          CLICK here to watch the video!

            Arriving in what else -- but a Jurassic Jeep, Ralph the Rex met his neighbor and new sidekick cartoon Charlie the Clock. What fun they had frolicking through the humongous store with a checklist of food to divide and devour!

              Many thanks to the "fun crew" at Whole Foods Market Brea, our friend Ralph_the_Rex, Dino Doctor - ranger_kevin, and Charlie_the_ Clock cutout performer --Austin Zemlo!

                Those of you on Instagram: Coming soon Charlie the Clock-- Time Travel Celebrating 100 Years in Brea!

  • Sharing a piece of history: 100 years in Brea

    3 years ago by

    Brea


      The first photo I ever took for the Brea Progress was of Brea Olinda High School’s 1973 homecoming (and later prom) queen Karyn Fox.

        Karyn Fox, 1973 Brea Olinda High School homecoming queen, wipes away a tear. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

        Karyn Fox, 1973 Brea Olinda High School homecoming queen, wipes away a tear. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


          In honor of Brea’s centennial in 2017, from time to time I will be sharing photos from the community over the years.

            I had just started working for the paper and no one was on the field taking a picture. I told my husband I was going to run down and take a photo of the queen. He suggested I shouldn’t, but I couldn’t be stopped. Ironically I think it was the first and best photo I ever took, but then it was a pretty good subject.

              Karyn’s Aunt Rose had made her gorgeous dress. The dress was taken out of the box again when the queen’s mom, current Planning Commissioner Pat Fox, wore it to President Nixon’s Inauguration .

                Karyn still looks like a prom queen. She works as assistant director of case management at a psychiatric hospital. Attending USC football games is something she said she really enjoys.

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

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