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  • Former Ladycat named head girls’ basketball coach at El Dorado High School

    2 years ago by

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year.  Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School.  (courtesy Esther Morales)

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year. Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School. (courtesy Esther Morales)

    PEOPLE AROUND BREA

      Did you know department? Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year and loves her job. While at Brea-Olinda she was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 and earned second-team All-CIF honors and was a member of CIF .

        Sarita said she couldn’t ask for a better team. “Basketball was my first love and coaching a varsity team is amazing! I've now seen the game from the perspective of a player, official and now as a coach,” she said. “I miss playing, and enjoy officiating, but coaching is by far my favorite angle of the game. …. It’s a true blessing to be a head coach.”

          The coach said the job keeps her in the gym. Will she use some techniques she learned from Coach Jeff Sink?

            “Coach Sink demanded a lot from his players,” she said. “I do too.”

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

  • Krampus creepy ‘Karol of the Bells’ sung by BOHS Choir

    2 years ago by

    In photo:  Douglas Pipes Dave Willert Jocelyn Abrahamson Brianna Clark Rhyan Belanger Cori Bourgeois Kristin Camacho Hannah Fritz Ben Harpster Audrey Lee Wesley Mathews Lindsey Morrill Allie Mayer Aidan Pipes Andrew Strom Courtesy of Mary Pipes

    In photo:
    Douglas Pipes
    Dave Willert
    Jocelyn Abrahamson
    Brianna Clark
    Rhyan Belanger
    Cori Bourgeois
    Kristin Camacho
    Hannah Fritz
    Ben Harpster
    Audrey Lee
    Wesley Mathews
    Lindsey Morrill
    Allie Mayer
    Aidan Pipes
    Andrew Strom
    Courtesy of Mary Pipes


      Krampus - The Movie! 13 of our Masquerade choir kids were asked to sing on a Major Motion Picture Soundtrack that will be in the movie theaters in wide-release this Friday! The singers will be in the film credits as: Brea Olinda High School Singers and Choir Director Dave Willert is credited in the film as conductor! Look/listen for Krampus Karol of the Bells at the ending credits. This USA Today online story features mention of the Brea Olinda High School Choir for the Krampus film. The soundcloud file does not seem to work on Mobile Apps, but you can hear the full song with the choir kids if you go online on a computer web browser. The song is amazing, the kids sound fantastic and it's a fun article! Huge thanks to the film's composer, Douglas Pipes for including some of our performers. The album is also now available on iTunes. Search iTunes: Krampus Original Motion Picture.
  • Bruxie featured on Cooking Channel’s Junk Food Flip

    2 years ago by

    Brea


      Why were all the TV cameras at Bruxie on November 11 and 12? Chefs Bobby Deen, son of comfort food legend Paula Deen, along with New York Chef Nikki Dinki, known for her healthy meal recipes, competed against Bruxie's founders, Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney, in a “flip” contest in which healthier food options were pitted against popular Bruxie recipes.
      Chefs Bobby Dean, left, and Nikki Dinki, not shown, of the Cooking Channel challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face-off in Brea Downtown. Dennis Rodman in background, announced the winner.

      Chefs Bobby Deen, left, and Nikki Dinki, not shown, of the Cooking Channel challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face-off in Brea Downtown. Dennis Rodman in background, announced the winner. Courtesy of Susan Gaede


        The show "Junk Food Flip," will air on the Cooking Channel.

          Some 30 or so guests who were dining at the restaurant voted for the meal they liked the best.

            Breans Gabriel Linres, Erin Wedin Wilkinson, Shannon Watson, and Senator Bob Huff among others, took a filmed taste test and voted. Senator Huff said he was happy the Cooking Channel was in town supporting a local business. Other parts of Brea were also filmed.

              Dennis Rodman, former professional basketball player, a resident of Brea, tallied the votes and announced the winners: Simon and Mullarney. They plan to donate the $1,000 prize to a local charity. The winning pair also shared a delicious custard dessert with all of the show participants.
              Bobby Deen was a charmer at the cooking show. Courtesy Susan Gaede

              Bobby Deen was a charmer at the cooking show. Courtesy Susan Gaede


                I got a chance to interview the very personable and charming Bobby Deen, who said he loves to cook every day. He also adores working with his mom, and he was proud of her performance on "Dancing With The Stars." He noted wryly that she lost a lot of weight from dancing, as well as cutting way back on her sweet tea. "Unfortunately, I can’t dance,” he added. He said that the crew had been in Orange County for 10 days, also doing a show in Huntington Beach. He said he loved Brea and that it was a beautiful town, and other VIPs with the show echoed his comments.

                  It has not been decided when the episode will air, but I will be sure to keep you updated.

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

  • Santa Ralph is waiting for you at Brea Mall

    2 years ago by

    From Brea Mall, Santa Ralph says hello!

    From Brea Mall, Santa Ralph says hello!


      Christmas is not complete without a visit to Santa--especially with Santa Ralph, a very familiar face, who has been bringing joy to all the girls and boys at the mall for 11 years now! Stop by to say hello:

        November 27th-28th 10:00AM-8:30PM

          November 29th 11:00AM-7:00PM

            November 30th 10:00AM-8:30PM

              December 1st-3rd 10:00AM-8:30AM

                December 4th 10:00AM-9:00PM

                  December 5th 8:00AM-9:00PM

                    December 6th 11:00AM-9:00PM

                      December 7th-10th 10:00AM-9:00PM

                        December 11th-12th 9:00AM-9:30PM

                          December 13th 10:00AM-8:00PM

                            December 14th-19th 9:00AM-9:30PM

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                                December 21st-23rd 9:00AM-9:30PM

                                  December 24th 8:00AM-6:00PM

  • Longtime Brean Mary Wilcut’s California family history

    2 years ago by

    Brea


      Did you know:

        We have a longtime Brean among us named Mary Elizabeth (Blair) Wilcut, age 96, whose family were among the founders of early California. Her relative Jose Higuera, in the Spanish army escorted, Saint Junipero Serra with the Sacred Expedition from Mexico to California in 1769 - the first saint to be canonized on U.S. soil this past Wednesday, September 23, 2015, by Pope Francis.
        Mary Elizabeth (Blair) Wilcut, longtime Brean of 50 years, family were among one of the founders of California with a connection to the recently appointed Saint Junipero Serra, dating back to 1769. (Photo courtesy of Gary Wilcut)

        Mary Elizabeth (Blair) Wilcut, longtime Brean of 50 years, family were among one of the founders of California with a connection to the recently appointed Saint Junipero Serra, dating back to 1769. (Photo courtesy of Gary Wilcut)


          Mary’s mother Elizabeth M. (Higuera) Blair was the daughter of Joaquin Higurea, a land baron in Northern California. In 1835 the governor of California gave Joaquin Higuera a 4,454-acre land grant, (Rancho Pala) in present day Santa Clara County.

            There is another Higurea land grant, in what is now Milpitas, CA; the original adobe house is a Milpitas, City park; Jose Higuera Adobe Building and Park.

              Elizabeth, as most people called her, met her sweetheart, Robert L. Wilcut when she and her sister switched dates. Mary Elizabeth married Robert on July 16, 1943. Bob served overseas in the US Navy during World War II.

                They raised three children: Gary, Dennis and Cherlynee. They moved their family to the first house built in the Heritage Hills Development in 1966.

                  Elizabeth reentered the workforce after raising her children in 1967. She secured a job at Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, establishing their Conventions Services Department. To her credit she became the Convention Services Director. Later retiring from the bureau in 1987.

                    A great loss to Elizabeth and her family, her husband, Bob, died in 2003.

                      Elizabeth wore many hats and was actually known as “The Hat Lady” because of the lavish hat collection she wore to church at St. Dennis Church in Diamond Bar.

                        Elizabeth still lives in Brea, now going on 50 years.

  • BOUSD dedicate and rename Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field

    2 years ago by

    BOUSD renamed Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field on September 4, 2015.

    The Brea Olinda Unified School District dedicated the football/track field to Leonard MacKain on September 4, 2015.(courtesy of Susan Gaede)


      Brea

        September 4 was a warm and fuzzy evening high in the hills of Brea as the Brea Olinda Unified School District christened its football field at BOHS Wildcat Stadium as the Leonard MacKain Field. Mac’s wife, Helen, and daughters Kristine and Karen, were there - proud as peacocks, but also with a touch of sadness.

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen MacKain, (left), wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen (left) and Kristine, wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)


            The stands were filled with people and groups Mac worked with over the years. New Brea Olinda USD Superintendent Brad Mason asked each group to stand, until the entire stadium rose to offer an enthusiastic standing ovation.

              Gayle Chiotti, who lives on Poplar Avenue (the same street as the MacKains) said the night could have been a "Poplar Avenue event." Current or former Poplar Avenue neighbors in attendance included former BOUSD Superintendent of Schools “Skip” Roland, BOHS football coach Robb Perrance, Sonora High football coach Paul Chiotti, former BOHS All-CIF football quarterback Gary Holman and Brea Historical Society president John Bickel.

                MacKain (always called "Mac") served the BOUSD for nearly four decades as a principal and assistant superintendent, supervising the design and construction of Mariposa, Fanning and Country Hills elementary schools, playing a key role in the development of the new BOHS, and acting in retirement as a school board member.

                  Hats off to the Brea Olinda School board for honoring him in this way.

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

  • Roy Moore, politician of and for all the people, passed

    2 years ago by

    BREA


      Roy Moore’s funeral was packed and full of love on Saturday.

        Longtime Brea leader Roy Moore was known for having a silly side. His recent funeral was well-attended.

        Longtime Brea leader Roy Moore was known for having a silly side. His recent funeral was well-attended.


          It was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Brea where he was a founding member and had created a sculpture of Jesus in the atrium. There was quite a diversity of people in attendance. Speakers included Mayor Marty Simonoff, Roy’s brother, Carl Moore, and Roy’s son, Jeff Moore.

            Simonoff served with Roy on the City Council for 16 years. He said of his colleague: “First, he loved God and country; his family and friends, and then he loved Brea. He thought long and hard about each decision —often agonizing and losing sleep over a complex issue —all because he loved Brea. He would often conduct his own polling on issues. Polling he would admit was not scientific, but Roy wanted to hear from the community.

              “He made a point in walking the city during campaigns, which he estimates to be about 300 miles of walking and talking,” Simonoff said. “Roy wrote his own newsletter addressing city topics. During his tenure, he wrote more than 700 issues. Roy always made sure he kept seniors in the loop, as well—meeting at the Senior Center to talk with them every month for the last 15 years. If communication was at the top of Roy’s priority list, then certainly saving a penny was right up there with it. He is proud to be known as a financial conservative.”

                His son, Jeff, said, “Dad loved this city. When he realized he needed to move to hospice care, it had to be in his beloved Brea.”

                  Roy had a serious side and a fun side. We will never forget when he dressed like a women complete with heels for a leukemia fundraiser and called himself “Rowena.” He slipped to his car when the event was over and found himself surrounded by 10 whistling Brea policemen.

                    Roy was the only councilman to vote for parking in the Brea Downtown 16 years ago. Developer Dwight Manley said it is too bad he won’t see its fruition.

                      We will miss “Abe Lincoln “coming at our door at election time. Roy truly made a difference. He loved Brea and Brea loved him.

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

  • 2015 Special Olympian, Jeff Scott, wins Gold and Bronze Medal in Tennis

    2 years ago by

    Jeff Scott competed in the  Special Olympics  for the fourth time and won a gold medal in doubles and a bronze medal in singles.

    Jeff Scott competed in the Special Olympics for the fourth time and won a gold medal in doubles and a bronze medal in singles.


      As many of you heard, Brea resident, Jeff Scott, on his fourth trip to participate in the Special Olympics World Games held this year in Los Angeles, won a doubles tennis gold and a bronze medal in singles this past week! We caught up with his mother and father, Roseann and Rick Scott, who were overwhelmed with delight about his accomplishments.

        This was Jeff’s first gold medal and his mom said, that he and his partner in doubles, Bobby Williams from Missouri, just happened to graduate at Valencia High School in Placentia - Jeff’s alma mater, too. Roseann also relayed that Jeff, 46, and his partner, Bobby, 40, triumphed against much younger players who were in their late teens from Belgium. “Never say Never” as this was especially remarkable in their victory!

          Special Olympics gold medal ceremony. Left to right doubles partners in red and blue: Bobby Williams and Jeff Scott. (courtesy Roseann Scott)

          Special Olympics gold medal ceremony. Left to right doubles partners in red and blue: Bobby Williams and Jeff Scott. (courtesy Roseann Scott)


            This past weekend Jeff participated in the celebrity exhibition match promoting unified sports, non-handicapped individuals competing with special athletes. According to Roseanne, Jeff played doubles with Pete Sampras, an American known wildly as one of the greatest in tennis history. Other celebrity participants included Michael Te-Pei Chang, an American tennis player who won the Grand Slam singles in 1989 at the age of 17, and Nadia Comaneci from Russia, whose accomplishments include three Olympic gold medals in gymnastics. Celebrity actor George Lazenby, best known for portraying James Bond in a 1969 film was in attendance and hosting the celebrity event was Pam Shriver of Newport Beach, who among her credits is a doubles specialist and a current tennis broadcaster for ESPN.

              Jeff Scott sitting proudly with his parents, Rick and Roseann. (courtesy Roseann Scott)

              Jeff Scott sitting proudly with his parents, Rick and Roseann. (courtesy Roseann Scott)


                It was quite a surreal experience for the Scott family! At the awards ceremony Roseann said, “Jeff broke down and cried for each medal he got." Adding,"Rick and I are paralyzed from the last two weeks! It was an amazing experience. Having attended three of the four World Games with Jeff we found the Los Angeles site to be the best! Jeff’s entire USA Tennis delegation (coaches & athletes) plus parents and family members just “clicked!” We have never experienced such friendship and support in past Games. Jeff has made long term friends and we have found sources to keep Jeff involved in tennis for future years."

                  The City Council, upon hearing confirmation from Jeff and his parents, will be honoring him at the meeting on August 18 at 7:00 p.m.-- very befitting for our special sports hero, so try to make the date and give him a shout out for his amazing accomplishments. For those of you who can’t attend, you can watch it on Channel 3!

                    LATEST UPDATE RE: Jeff Scott's community recognition. Due to work constraints, Jeff and his parents are unable to make the City Council's evening meeting on August 18. Mayor Marty Simonoff is in the midst of scheduling a plan for an afternoon occasion to honor Jeff Scott's notable Special Olympics accomplishments.

  • Q&A with Brea’s new City Manager Bill Gallardo

    2 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Appointed by the City Council, leading us into our centennial year as Brea’s new City Manager is Bill Gallardo, a 25-year employee of the City of Brea. Bill is a Cal Poly grad, who was initially hired as management analyst II for the City of Brea in April of 1990, and has since served several positions, assisting most recently as interim city manager for Tim O’Donnell who retired this month.
      Brea City Manager, Bill Gallardo.

      Meet your new City Manager, Bill Gallardo.


        Bill’s wife is a Nurse Manager at Loma Linda University Medical Center and his son and daughter are both in college. His hobbies are hiking, relaxing at the beach, playing with their two Labradors (Shadow and Charlie) and taking his motorcycles and off-road quads out to the desert.

          Sometimes doing what you love may set you on a path you never imagined…

            "When I started my career in Brea 25 years ago, as a Management Analyst in Finance, I knew immediately that I had found a great fit—a proactive organization that expects excellence and works hard to achieve it. But at that time, I could hardly imagine that I would one day have the opportunity to help lead this city—and it is an amazing feeling. It is great to know that I have a talented team that I can always count on to give 100%," said Bill.

              BBON: You certainly are no stranger to the City of Brea, possessing over two decades of knowledge working for our city. How will that experience help you in leading Brea into the future?

                Bill: What I think I can really bring to the position is an in-depth knowledge of Brea’s finances. Having started my career in Finance as an Analyst, and then promoting to Revenue Manager, Finance Director and most recently the second in command as Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director. So when looking at projects or new initiatives I am always looking toward cost efficiency, on-going costs, and then how the City can save or set aside funds to replace or repair that project in the future.

                  I am fiscally conservative by nature and proud of the fact that during the “great recession,” when we endured huge revenue losses (where sales tax dropped significantly), we were able to strategically reduced our costs where it had the least impact to core City Services and even grow the General Fund Reserves in the process. Finally, having been involved with so much of the growth here in Brea, I know the “story behind” the project or the nuance of why certain decisions were made and knowing the history is tremendous help.

                    BBON: Communication is the key. How will you interact with our City Council?

                      Bill: Absolutely, communication is vital. I have the good fortune of holding weekly individual meetings with the City Council. Additionally I meet with the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem in preparation for the upcoming council meeting and set the meeting agenda. All the Council is easily accessible by phone, text or email so the lines of communication are wide open and we communicate frequently as needed.

                        BBON: What are your goals this year?

                          Bill: As always, the City of Brea has set an aggressive schedule of projects and services to be completed. Over the next few months, I will be working with the City Council, the management team and employees to set up a transition plan, which includes hiring my replacement in Administrative Services. I also plan on doing some goal setting with Directors and Managers in support of Council goals and directives.

                            BBON: Stepping up to chief executive officer of Brea, what will be your guide to motivation and productivity in the workplace?

                              Bill: Service to the Community is our number one motivator and considered 100% of the time in any decision made. I work with some of the most dedicated and hardworking employees giving their all to making Brea a wonderful place to live and work. Having really started at the bottom and working my way up I have seen first-hand how this organization rally’s around an issues and works very hard to come up with solutions. The interaction from all departments all pulling together is amazing and this really shows in our commitment to outstanding customer service.

                                BBON: We want a leader we can depend on and feel comfortable to interact with. What will you do to encourage community relations?

                                  One of my goals is to keep the City Manager’s Office accessible to Brea’s business and community leaders and residents that make Brea their home. I have already been in contact with several business owners and residents and it is one way of keeping an open dialogue and communication with our business leaders and residents.

                                    I also expect to attend as many meeting of service clubs here in Brea in addition to attending as many community events as possible. Brea is such a great place and it’s important to be out in the community.

                                      My direct email address is billga@cityofbrea.net if someone might need to contact me.

                                        BBON: As the eighth oldest and one of the smallest cities in Orange County, share your thoughts about "Good Old Brea" reaching its milestone of 100 years in 2017?

                                          Bill: Few people really comprehend that Brea is almost 100 years old! It does not seem that way given the great way we keep up the look and appearance of our infrastructure (roads, buildings and parks) and all the new construction over the past 20 years (Downtown, Brea Plaza, Brea Union Plaza, Blackstone, La Floresta etc.) This is going to be an amazing time in our history and soon the City will be gearing up a Centennial Committee to work on celebrations for 2017 which is not that far away. Brea is unique in that it is a proactive, future thinking city, yet we never forget our roots, and are proud of our rich history. Brea has grown from and oil and agricultural town into a vibrant business center with destination dining and shopping. The City has two museums that preserve our history—The Brea Museum and Heritage Center on Brea Blvd and the Brea Olinda Oil Museum and Trail.

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

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

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


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

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

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