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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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.

  • Centennial Celebration Honoring the People of Brea – Steven Vargas

    1 year ago by

    Brea Councilman Steve Vargas.

    Brea Councilman Steven Vargas was elected twice and is one of the youngest council members in the history of Brea.


      Similar to this website, Brea Old and New…my perspective on the 100 years of Brea Leaders has an old account (1998-2002) and a new account (2014-Present). I have lived in Brea since 1989, moving into a Redwood Avenue condo where I met my wife; Lisa Malin, a Sonora HS graduate. Living next door to Laurel Elementary enabled us as a family to quickly become part of the local community which is why I am a passionate advocate for the soon to be renovated Lagos de Moreno Park.

        I was elected in 1998 in a sweep of two eight year incumbents thanks to the brilliant campaign mantra of Roy Moore who stumped “Eight Years is Enough” walking twice around the entire city. At the time, I was the youngest elected councilmember in the history of Brea and one of the youngest in Orange County.

          Being a part of the decision making process for the actual construction of the Brea Downtown after 10 years of property acquisition for the 50 acre core will stand the test of time as an accomplishment of us all for our patience and perseverance.

            I had some great public policy debates with established policy leaders which I usually lost but not without gaining a solid reputation for transparency and looking out for the best interest of Brea taxpayers.

              The most important decision was my 4-1 stand against the pension spiking formula known as 3% at 50 (percent of pay times years served) which has led to the financial demise of a number of California government entities. Another memorable stance was my decade long position against Redevelopment Abuses where I joined a local Brea teacher who fought for the restraint of Redevelopment Agencies throughout California freeing up millions of dollars to support public safety and teachers statewide.

                Those early days of huge public policy debates, against all odds proved too much to sustain an uncontested reelection. My youthful exuberance did not last long as the grind of small town politics took its toll, I lost the 2002 election but did not go away bitter. The character of a man and/or elected official is not measured by yes votes or election victories; it is measured by consistency and a passion to serve.

                  When I found myself without an opportunity to serve locally, I joined the Navy Reserves as a Seabee; CB’s - short for Construction Battalions were in high demand at the time as the US began the build up to the invasion of Iraq and continued operations in Afghanistan. I used my civilian skills as a General Contractor to become a planning and estimating expert eventually earning the honorable rank of Chief Petty Officer.

                    Since my 2008 Iraq deployment I have been activated two additional times and currently serve on Active Duty as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3), Assistant Facilities Director, Navy Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona.

                      I am very proud to be able to continue to serve the Navy and my community as your Brea Councilman. The Navy activated me December 3rd, 2014 the day before (Dec. 2nd, 2014) I was sworn in for a second time as your Councilman after a 12 year hiatus. Again, in a historic shift in public representation where Councilman Roy Moore led a clean sweep of the existing council to give me a second chance to build a better Brea.

                        I am wasting no time….the long stalled parking structure behind the Tower Record’s building is nearly ready to break ground and the decade long stall of improvements to Lagos de Moreno Park is being pushed for completion within a year. We are moving forward on a number of fronts, I am glad to be serving our community once again and looking forward to the February 23rd, 2017 Centennial. Building a Better Brea will continue to be my motivation to represent our community and vision for our future.

                          Respectfully,

                            Steven Vargas

  • Metallica by request played Super Bowl Pre-Show

    1 year ago by


      1981 BOHS grad and Metallica guitarist and lead singer, James Hetfield performs at Super Bowl 50 pre-show concert at AT&T Park. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      1981 BOHS grad and Metallica guitarist and lead singer - James Hetfield - performs at Super Bowl 50 pre-show concert at AT&T Park. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      James Hetfield joins his family to celebrate half brother, Daniel Hale's retirement party. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      All smiles, James and Francesca Hetfield along with their children and family members strike a pose in celebration of James half brother, David Hale's retirement party. (Courtesy of Hale family)


        1981 BOHS grad James Hetfield, co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica, played at the pre-Super Bowl festivities held at AT&T Park, Febuary 6, the night before the big game. All thanks to Metallica's devoted fan base!

          Jason Long, staunch fan of Metallica, started a petition to get the American pioneers of Rock, and one of the most popular bands in the San Francisco area, to be the musical act for Super Bowl 50. His petition started with a single signature, which garnered 63,925 supporters!

            Though Coldplay got the primetime show, Metallica played CBS Radio’s “The Night Before” concert-- captivating their fans with a two-and-a-half long set!

              In a December 2015 interview with blabbermouth.net, James relayed that he's not retiring anytime soon and is working on a new album. James and his family recently made the trek into town to celebrate the retirement of his half brother, David Hale.

  • Centennial Celebration Honoring the People of Brea – Rex D. Gaede

    1 year ago by

    BEING A PART OF THE BEGINNING


      By Rex D. Gaede
      Rex D. Gaede, former school board and former mayor.

      Rex D. Gaede, former school board president and former mayor.


            In 1969, nearly fifty years ago, I entered the public service in Brea as an elected and later re-elected school board member of the then newly established Brea Olinda Unified School District, which had recently replaced the former separate high school, elementary schools, and Olinda school boards. Over the next six years we organized and developed a contemporary and united education program for the children of Brea including the addition of Fanning Elementary School to the system, providing separate temporary district offices on the high school property, participating with the city in their sister city program with Lagos De Moreno, Mexico and improving the positive outcomes of the business and educational functions of a growing school district. As president of the district board on behalf of the common interests of the district, I advanced a close relationship with the city as they began planning for a futuristic civic center designed to accommodate both city and district offices and other related activities within a single complex.

          In 1975, I was appointed and later elected to the Brea City Council. I joined the city team in their final financial requirements, plans and eventual construction of a shared site featuring a large retail complex, the Brea Mall, and additional space for housing local governments and related community services at the Brea Civic Center. On September 28, 1977, as mayor of Brea, I had the honor of representing the city and the people of Brea at the opening ceremony of the mall.

            In 1978, upon being appointed to the Orange County Planning Commission, I was required to resign from the Brea City Council after serving the community for ten years and taking part in the history of the first major growth of the schools and the city in the modern era.

  • Centennial Celebration Honoring the People of Brea – John Beauman

    1 year ago by

    John Beauman's City Hall portrait.

    John Beauman's City Hall portrait.


      As we countdown to our centennial year in 2017, Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) is celebrating the people of Brea and those who are responsible for moving Brea forward while maintaining our charming atmosphere, we are known for.

        Our guest writer featured this evening is former Mayor, John Beauman, who served nine years on the Brea City Council.

          It isn't often I get an opportunity to reflect on my tenure on the Brea City Council. December 7, 2010, was my last Council meeting concluding nine-years of service to the community, being appointed in November 2001 to fill the final year of Lynn Daucher's term following her election to the California Assembly. I was elected to a four year term in Nov. 2002 and reelected in 2006, serving as Mayor in 2004 and 2009. Both of those years were economically challenging for the City. 2004's challenges were due to the State's efforts to balance its budget at the expense of California’s cities, and 2009 because of the national recession. It was a time of learning and a time of doing. A number of bold steps were taken to balance our budget, cutting expenses and exploring opportunities to generate new revenue. Installation of solar panels at the Civic and Community Centers and water/maintenance facilities, resulted in an estimated energy savings of $42 million over 25 years, with $1/2 million annually to the general fund budget. Another source of revenue came from negotiations with Orange County, Brea being the host city for the Olinda Alpha landfill, which generates about $30 million in new revenue to Brea over the life of the landfill, with $10 million paid up front. Former City Manager Tim O’Donnell and I served on the O.C. Waste Management Commission, gaining insight and knowledge of landfill operations that benefited us in the negotiations.

            My last Council meeting on December 7th, 2010 was a memorable sendoff—a full house with Brea residents, friends and family in attendance. I’m pleased at what we accomplished during my nine years on the Council. One memorable project is the Brea Sports Park, a long-standing community dream. Brea obtained mineral rights to the land with oil revenues paying up to 70% of the Sports Park maintenance cost. Councilmember Don Schweitzer and I negotiated the contract for installation of the City’s solar panels, with guaranteed minimum savings for the first five years. Brea has consistently exceeded those savings. Other projects that helped give Brea a fresh look included renovation of the Brea Plunge (pool), Brea Lofts on south Brea Blvd, and La Floresta, serving as our east-end gateway. The new Fire Station 2 on Brea Blvd heightened community safety. I was blessed to serve with council members who shared a similar vision and believed as strongly as I did in those projects. We were blessed with competent and forward-thinking-staff who did the leg work in bringing them to fruition.

              My most memorable year was as Mayor in 2004, with former Police Chief Bill Lentini serving as Mayor Pro-Tem. He often referred to himself as my "wing man." I appreciated the “wing man” reference, but I especially appreciated his friendship and dedication to the community. Bill and I spent time together just prior to council meetings soliciting God's blessings on our community and asking for wisdom and guidance to make the right decisions for the City and people of Brea. When Bill served as Mayor in 2005, he brought honor, integrity and respect to the office.

                Brea isn’t amongst Orange County’s largest cities, but has significant regional influence. Brea council members and staff have taken active roles in regional organizations and decision making. During my tenure on the City Council I served as Representative for Brea, La Habra, Yorba Linda, and Placentia on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG). Other broader regional involvements included the multi-county Four Corners Transportation Coalition (as Chair) and Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority (WCCA). Many of those involvements I inherited from Bev Perry who was very active on Brea's behalf, when she left the Council. I participated in the establishment of the Hillside Open Space Education Coalition (HOSEC) to protect local open space.

                  My most noteworthy regional involvement was serving on the Board of Directors and as president of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities. Both Bev Perry and Marty Simonoff had previously held that position. Each City Council must decide Brea’s role in regional affairs and leadership. Past Councils took that role seriously, opposing bad decisions that could have negative impact on Brea, and supporting good decisions that benefited Brea. My prior corporate experience served me well in each of these positions. I consider my council newsletter, first published and distributed via email in 2001, and my on-line blog created in Aug. 2005 as important accomplishments for providing transparency in keeping the people of Brea informed on issues and explaining why we voted as we did.

                    Prior to my appointment to the City Council, I served on the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), which provided a wealth of information and insight into the complexity of the City and its operations that served me well as a member of the City Council.

                      When asked why I decided not to run for a third term, I frequently responded "8 is enough" In my case it was nine. The Council needs to be in tune with the community. I tend to believe lifetime politicians loss sight of that essential component of representative government. But, I think I can also make an argument for “let the people decide.” Thank you BREA for supporting me. It was an amazing part of my life serving you.

                        Sincerely,

                          John Beauman

  • Celebrating People and their Connection with Brea

    1 year ago by

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      Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that in just over a year Brea will be turning 100-years new on February 23, 2017. Very exciting-- as the eighth oldest of 34 Orange County cities and one of its smallest!

        In mid June of 2010, BBON was created to support and raise awareness about Brea, a charming North Orange County destination noted for shopping, dining and entertainment.

          Let me tell you how excited we are! Two years thereafter, we changed our logo to reflect Brea’s milestone celebration.

            We believe the soul of the city is its people and want to include everyone in telling the story of Brea, as we countdown to our centennial year.

              About three months ago, we asked BBON followers to send us their story and photo to share on a BBON Facebook album named “Celebrating People and their Connection with Brea.”

                We received and posted information about Doug Troxel, a 1986 BOHS grad and owner of State Farm Agency in Brea for over 36 years. We’d love to hear from you, too.

                  Your Brean family story may have been told over and over again, but remember there are many of us who haven’t heard it and would find it very interesting!

                    People make the city. Past or present, there are many people responsible in making Brea the charming place we know and love. To feature your Brean adventure, please message us on our website or Facebook. Tell your story of "old" and "new" Brea in 200 words or less.

                      We can’t wait to share your story!

  • “Newsy Suzie” Year-End Review 2015

    1 year ago by

    Brea


      Lots happened in Brea in 2015.

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"


          Take a look back with our "Newsy Suzie" at some of the people we've met - and some special folks we've lost - some of the news we've learned about and some of the fun we've had over the year in our community.

            -Andrea Barber of Brea is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler on ABC sitcom "Full House." The show "Fuller House" will be released in March. Andrea is cast again as Kimmy.
            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)

            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)


              -Mike Hilton, 1982 Brea Olinda High School grad, was featured in the March 18 Wall Street Journal for selling his Concur software company for $8.3 billion dollars.

                -Thirteen members of the BOHS Choir were featured on the sound track for the film, "Krampus." They can be heard singing "Krampus Karol of the Bells" during the credits. The students and their director, Dave Willert, were acknowledged in the credits for their participation.

                  -Joe Bilotta, CEO of Flying Pig Productions, is the producer of the movie "Coldwater" now out on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.

                    --Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, 1985 Brea Olinda High School grad, who modeled around the world for 18 years was on the BOHS reunion committee. She attended this year with her actor husband Cameron Mathieson, who is currently a full-time correspondent and weekly co-anchor for “Entertainment Tonight.
                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May.

                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)


                      -Tommy Bonacci, 1997 Brea Olinda High School grad, won the the 2015 World Jet-Ski championship.

                        -Kelsey Harris, former Ladycat, played on national TV in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championship during the Final Four on ESPN.

                          -Debra Jaynes Castelletti-Payne, 1979 Brea Olinda High School grad, was on “Let’s Make a Deal” and won a new Mazda.

                            -Joe Maddon took the Cubs to the playoffs. Joe and wife, Jaye, own a house in Brea.

                              -Chris Emeterio was selected as assistant city manager and the community services director. He is serving in the new dual role.

                                The football field/track at Brea Olinda High School Stadium was named for Leonard “Mac” Mackain in honor of all his contributions as a principal, superintendent, and mayor in Brea, and for starting the (Brea Education Student Track) meet that is held every year with all elementary schools competing.

                                  -Former Brea resident Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday.

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)


                                      -Brea Junior High started the school year with 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets.

                                        -Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Rolland and wife, Sharon, were presented beach cruisers to mark his 39 years in education. Brad Mason, took over July 1 as the new superintendent.

                                          -We heard about the nice moment when Bill Lentini, former Police Chief and Mayor, read a book that he authored “The Adventure of Kiwi Kayla" to his granddaughter’s class at Mariposa School. Kayla was thrilled. Lentini donated proceeds from the book to the school.

                                            -Bob Eubanks, former host of the Newlywed Game, put on a fun show for the Brea SummerFest fundraiser at St. Angela Merici School.

                                              -Elly and Sally Min, BOHS twins, went to South Korea on all-expense trip paid from the Korea government.

                                                -We heard about the dedication of Mary Louise Hause, who has been putting up and taking down the flag at the entrance of Pleasant Hills for more than 40 years.

                                                  -Libby Williams was crowned BOHS homecoming queen.

                                                    -Carla Roque, 1998 BOHS grad illustrated the “Annie” lyric book that was available in Wendy's kids meals as part of the promotion for the movie.

                                                      -Tyler Kline, 10, took the title of Grand Champion Steer at the 125th OC Fair.

                                                        -Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps was named head coach at El Dorado High School.

                                                          -DeAnne Spicer Todd, a 1979 BOHS grad and former Miss Brea, performed early in the year in an La Opera production. She portrayed a headless dancer in the staging of "The Ghosts of Versailles."

                                                            -Pastor John Bryden, 1983 grad, stopped by the Kansas City Royals dugout during the American League Conference Series to say hello to Tim Leiper, 1984 Brea Olinda High grad, who is the first-base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. Brad Lemon another member of the Class of '83, was also at the game working in the Kansas City Royals dugout as the MLB authenticator.

                                                              -Sachiko White, a former Disneyland ambassador, married fellow Disneyland employee Danny Handke.

                                                                -Jeanette Pollen, a former Ladycat now playing for Indiana Fever, got engaged to a professional basketball player in Europe. She returned to California for Christmas then heads to Europe to play overseas for the spring.

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)


                                                                    -McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the annual Brea Country Fair.

                                                                      -Claire Manson was the first Brea Olinda High School freshman to win the Brea American Idol Contest.

                                                                        Biz Buzz:

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede


                                                                            - TV cameras were at Bruxie restaurant on November 11 and 12. Chefs Bobby Deen, (son of comfort food legend Paula Deen) and New York Chef Nikki Dinki, competed against Bruxie’s co-founders, Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney, to a “flip” contest in which healthier food options were pitted against popular Bruxie recipes. Dennis Rodman of Brea declared Bruxie the winner. The show will air on the Cooking Channel.

                                                                              - Green Tomato Grill opened in the Von’s shopping center. They have green fried tomatoes on the menu ..yum.

                                                                                -Slapfish opened December 30 at La Floresta. We hear the seafood is awesome.

                                                                                  There was some sad news over the year.

                                                                                    -Funeral services were held for former Mayor Roy Moore on August 29. He served on the Brea City council for 16 years.

                                                                                      -Dr. Laurry Bishop, former Brea Olinda High School teacher, passed away August 26.

                                                                                        -Longtime Brea resident Elsie Bergman, one of the most fashionable and sweetest ladies, died August 4 at age 102.

                                                                                          -Joy Davenport, former Laurel School teacher, died in August. She was 103.

                                                                                            -JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, Disneyland’s first Snow White, was remembered at a memorial at La Floresta, where she was living when she died.

                                                                                              -Former Olinda Elementary principal Joan Lewis died this year.

                                                                                                -Longtime Brean Carol lsrael passed away last week.

                                                                                                  There were lots of local folks honored this year, here are a few:

                                                                                                    -Dillon McKinley was awarded the Brea Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award. The water polo player also received a full-ride scholarship to USC.

                                                                                                      -Valeria Zavala, a fifth-grader from Laurel Elementary School, was the National History Day Champion for the State.

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)


                                                                                                          -Earning the prestigious Eagle Scout Rank this year were Dakota Brennon Bishop, Ben Lyons, Ryan Hunter, Skyler McMillan, Billy Mitchell, and Adam Pacheco.

                                                                                                            -Daval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

                                                                                                              Odds and ends:

                                                                                                                -The Brea Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the Brea Farmers’ Market, every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at the North West Corner of Birch Street and State College Boulevard.

                                                                                                                  -Brea United Methodist Church celebrated their 50th year on September 18th.

                                                                                                                    -The Brea Lions Club 56th annual North-South All-Star game benefitted two honorable charities in Orange County: Western Youth Services, and the Orange County Youth Foundation, plus, Brea Olinda Special Education, Brea Olinda High Cheer and several other youth groups that participated through ticket and ad sales.

                                                                                                                      -Bill McLeran was the Game Chairman and Phil Anton was Game Coordinator.

                                                                                                                        -Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards thirteen new trees in front of the Brea High School gym.

                                                                                                                          -Brea Fest celebration celebrated 29 years of fun for Brea.

                                                                                                                            -The Soroptimist Internation Club of Brea-La Habra continued helping with human trafficking among other things.

                                                                                                                              -Fanning School reopened in May after undergoing $6 million in repairs due to earthquake damage.

                                                                                                                                -Holiday lights in Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood were a treat to view.

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

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