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

    1 year 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

  • Brea Kiwanis Club’s back-to-school shopping gets an A

    1 year ago by

    I love shoes and remember going shoe shopping with my mom and begging to wear the new pair home.


      I liked nothing better than seeing my old shoes placed in the box and looking down at the new pair on my feet. Pure joy for a 9-year-old.

        But there are kids in our community who don’t often have brand new pair of shoes, nor many clothes that are not hand-me-downs or thrift store bargains. No joy in that.

          But joy comes to the kids who are chosen by their school principals to partake in the Brea Kiwanis’ annual back-to-school shopping trip at JC Penney in the Brea Mall.

            Since 1998, the Brea Kiwanis Club has partnered with JC Penney ll to offer a special Saturday morning back to school shopping trip. Last year, Soroptimist of Brea/La Habra, of which I am a member, also donated funds and volunteers to help shop, as did Placentia Kiwanians. We all shopped for 64 children.

              This year, through funds raised by the Kiwanis, Soroptimist, Brea Citizens Bank and La Floresta/Chevron, about 70 children are receiving new clothes and shoes.

                The parents are not allowed into the store, but there is seating for them in the lower level parking structure. JC Penney even provides coffee and doughnuts.

                  Prior to the big shopping day, the children are given a letter for their parents explaining the program, a list to be filled out regarding sizes and colors for the child. Clothing bought can only be exchanged in the child’s size, not refunded.

                    Each child will have a shopper from the Kiwanis or Soroptimist or the Kiwanis’ Brea Olinda High Key Club, who will shop the children’s department with them and have $100 per child to spend.

                      I was a shopper last year and shopped with two different children. First was a 9-year old boy who headed first for the $75 famous name shoes. I guided him away from them and to the jeans, shirts and socks, where our $100 could go farther. He picked out some clothes he liked and Mom would approve of, and then we headed to the sale shoes where he found famous name shoes within our budget that fit and he loved. We had enough left over for new undies and pajamas too. Of course, if JC Penney had not put nearly everything in the children’s departments on sale, that $100 would not have gone as far.

                        Not only will lots of cool clothes be on sale, but the JC Penney’s staff work on their own time, and many of them prior to their regular Saturday shift. “Penney’s staff raise money themselves and donate to us to help more children,” said Dean Hall, Brea Kiwanis president, “this year they raised $500 for five children.”

                          Next Sept. 10 will be another Kiwanis’ back to school shopping morning at JC Penney. I can’t wait.

                            Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

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

    1 year 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!

    1 year 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!

  • Full STEAM ahead: Brea district’s first magnet school nearly ready to open

    1 year ago by

    By Principal Heather Bojorquez of Laurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration


      Laurel Elementary gets a little TLC over the summer.

      Laurel Elementary gets a little TLC over the summer. Photo via Laurel Leopards Instagram account.


        Big things continue to happen in Brea and I couldn’t be happier to write about the opening of Brea Olinda Unified School District’s very first magnet school this fall. For nearly 95 years, Laurel School has been providing elementary education to students in Brea and this summer it is currently undergoing a an exciting transformation! This August, Laurel will reopen its doors as The Laurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration (I.C.E.).

          A magnet school is a public school with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" schools draw students from across the school boundaries, meaning the school is open to enrollment (pending space availability) to all families who reside in Brea and surrounding communities. Opening a magnet school has been an ongoing discussion amongst the school board and District for the past few years and we are thrilled to see the vision come to life!

            Just as its new name implies, Laurel Elementary Magnet School will emphasize innovation and career exploration. Brea schools are one of the strongest community assets the city of Brea has to offer our businesses, and we invite our community to have a part in the education and programming we provide to Laurel students. That being said, a main focus of the Laurel Elementary Magnet school will be partnerships with local businesses. Brea business leaders will sponsor classrooms and provide students the opportunity to solve real world problems that affect their industries and employees. Equally exciting, additional areas of focus for the school will include 1:1 technology for all students and project-based S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons. Curriculum will be centered around a “hands-on, minds-on” learning approach to help give students the tools they need to address real world issues affecting them in the 21st century and beyond.

              Laurel teachers at work creating lessons for new Magnet school's intercommunication.

              Laurel teachers hard at work creating lessons for new magnet school. Photo via Laurel Leopards Instagram account.


                So far this summer, our dedicated teaching staff have put in hours of professional development working together as a collaborative team to build and develop student centered lessons. Additionally, the process to improve the overall appearance of campus has begun. Students will return to a freshly painted building, new asphalt on the upper playground, and we are most excited about the new flexible furniture that will allow for easy grouping and changing of the traditional classroom to mirror a collaborative work environment.

                  I am elated to be part of the Laurel Elementary Magnet School of I.C.E. community and am humbled and honored to hold the position of principal. My vision is to see students leave our school with an understanding of who they are, what they bring, and the limitless potential they have to impact the world. At Laurel, or students will explore, innovate, and create!

                    We have an amazing school community, knowledgeable and invested teachers, hard-working and caring support staff, dedicated and supportive families. On behalf of the entire Laurel Elementary Magnet School of I.C.E. family, we look forward to making this a successful inaugural year!

                      To learn more about Laurel Elementary Magnet School, please visit BOUSD website.

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

    1 year 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.

  • Fairy Tale Wedding for High School Sweethearts

    1 year ago by

    Samantha Farris and Loren Cory Phillips were married May 14 in Malibu. Courtesy of John & Joseph Photography Inc.

    Samantha Farris and Loren Cory Phillips were married May 14 in Malibu. Courtesy of John & Joseph Photography Inc.


      Samantha “Sami” Farris, BOHS 2011 grad, and Loren Cory Phillips, who graduated in 2009, had a fairy tale beginning: They met in French class Sami’s freshman year and they have been together ever since September 2007. Sami even commuted five times a year to Arkansas while Corey attended college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

        Many former BOHS graduates attended the beautiful wedding May 14 in Malibu: Debbie Farris ,Tammy (Quinliven) Phillips, Jeff Hiebert, Fayaz Chamadia, Melissa Wall, Brandon Metten, and Carly Juarez.

          Sami Farris is a wedding and event planner at Detail Wedding in Irvine and Beverly Hills. Loren Phillips is working on architecture for the Southern California freeway systems.

            Parents of the bride are Kim and Craig Farris and parents of the groom are Tammie and Dean Phillips.

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

  • BOHS officer Dan Moon to retire after 16 years of service

    1 year ago by


      Campus officer Dan Moon will retire after 16 years at BOHS. (photo source: wikimedia.org)

      Campus officer Dan Moon will retire after 16 years at BOHS. (photo source: wikimedia.org)

      A fter 16 years of service, Dan Moon, police officer, will retire as the BOHS campus officer at the end of this year.

        “I’m going to miss the day-to-day fun of getting to work with [the students] and getting to participate in school activities. It has been a tremendous blessing for me to be in this position and to be able to do it for 16 years and to know all the people that I’ve gotten to know and to see all the kids that I’ve been able to see progressing through the years,” Moon said.

          Moon graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1983 where he earned his teaching credential. He then became a student teacher at BOHS, and eventually an academic teacher and coach for swimming and water polo. However, when the campus relocated from the Brea Marketplace, many teachers were forced to find another job, and Moon was assigned to BOHS by the Brea Police Department to curtail and stop drug use.

            “When you think of what the term a ‘school resource officer’ is, Moon really fits the bill. He worked with us in a direction that ensured we did not do anything to violate anybody's rights. Moon was always there as a safeguard, and he was always an extra set of eyes by keeping us updated with the pulse of the community,” Jerry Halpin, principal, said.

              In the future, with his Master’s Degree in Christian Theology and Doctrine from Talbot Seminary in Biola University, Moon plans to apply to Orange Luther to lead theology classes. As for his family, Moon is excited to visit his four children who are scattered across the world as well as possibly move to Colorado.

  • BOHS sweethearts reunite after decades

    1 year ago by

    Love story:


      Mike Jaromscak, Brea Olinda High School class of ’78 and Faris Whitesell Class of ’80 dated in high school. They are soon getting married. (Courtesy of Faris Whitesell)

      Mike Jaromscak, Brea Olinda High School class of ’78 and Faris Whitesell Class of ’80 dated in high school. They are soon getting married. (Courtesy of Faris Whitesell)


        Mike Jaromscak, Brea Olinda High School Class of ’78, and Faris Whitesell, Class of ’80, had a group of friends who did everything together. Included in that group were Susie Leyton, Darlene Esposito, Jackie Smith, Susan Nykaza, Rhonda Kozumplick, Fran Contrares, Kayleen Hopkins, Mike Jaromscak, Cody Moree, Richard Donk, and Frank Mueller. After a group river trip, Mike drove Faris home in 1982 and they started dating. At the wedding of his sister, his beloved grandmother, Ida, told Mike that Faris was the one.

          “I made the mistake of breaking up with Mike, and moved to Tennessee following my sisters, Emily, Fran, and Fern," Faris said. "I lost touch with many Brea friends. Fast forward to 2004, I was single and carrying the knowledge that Mike was the one I let go, and should have made better decisions. I started searching for him on the Internet, spelling his name wrong.

            "Our friend Kay was killed in an auto accident. At her funeral, her mom gave me her photo's," Faris said. In Kay's pictures, there was one of our old gang, and she had a Post-it note listing everybody in the picture. And there it was, Mike Jaromscak. I immediately went to Facebook and found him."

              "There were many challenges to face, mainly geographic. He lived in Oregon. I lived in Tennessee. We took a trip to the Redwoods to figure it out. The end result was a road trip, from Oregon to Tennessee. "I am a RN and Mike is a retired masonry. His dream was to live in a cabin in the woods, so that is what we did. We built a cabin in the woods," said Faris.

                "Finding true love at this stage in life is beautiful. We have both made mistakes and we both have made accomplishments," Faris said. "But one thing for sure, this last chapter of our lives will be the best. Thanks to growing up in Brea, the best place in the world to grow up. I don't know what it's like now, but the friendships of Brea are forever.”

                  They will be getting married soon.

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

  • 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!

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