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  • Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    7 years ago by

    Charlie the Clock and his kid crew in front of the Wildcat statue at BOHS - Brea Olinda High School.


      "Tick-Tock, History isn't So Boring After All!" ™

        Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepane

          Hi everyone!

            And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's 1st young person's book: Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! -- a centennial celebration.

              In early 2015, I had an idea and contacted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent grad of CSUF, to draw an animated caricature of Brea’s historic iconic "Charlie’s Clock." Thereafter I contacted a local print shop to make a cutout of the character. Charlie’s Clock was renamed “Charlie the Clock” as the clock belongs to everyone. We then held “The Face of Brea” contest at Edwards Brea Theater West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, followed by local events exhibiting the clock cutout. While in the process of making many, many, many people smile along the way, Charlie the Clock cutout served as a fun symbol and creative education tool in getting people excited about our centennial year. (See theater photo caption)

                You'll see Charlie the Clock soon at Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 , Brea SummerFest, Brea Country Fair, and maybe our schools! 'Charlie the Clock' caricature cutout dazzled the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Museum, where he was taken out to visit events at our elementary schools fall 2015. Also, 'Charlie the Clock' was invited back to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, and sister theater Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 extended Charlie's visit through the week of Thanksgiving!

                  What fun we had once again as "Charlie the Clock" caricature cutout was invited back to Country Hills PTA's Annual Cougar Color Run Fundraiser 2016!


                    It was my hope that Charlie the Clock would become a mascot for the City of Brea celebrated as a symbol and learning tool in representing Brea’s rich history.

                      In February of 2016, I thought of a children’s centennial book featuring Charlie the Clock -- soon after discovering that it would be the first young person's book in Brea.

                        In a collaborative effort -- I brought together a team of very talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of the city's best-selling history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and A Centennial History of the BOUSD, Teresa Hampson, was contacted to write the young person's history book. Also I connected with Heather Ashlyn Collins again to illustrate the book.

                          BOHS GITA Instructor Todd Salesky enlisted three of his students: Kyle Tam, Zoya Kahn, and Jennifer Choi, to build CharlietheClock.Club website. The book’s theme song: "Back Home" was written and sung by a 2017 BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Mangum.

                            A promotional video to the "tune of "Back Home" is planned as a celebratory centennial party to be filmed at Brea Downtown, BOHS quad area, and Olinda Oil Museum & Trail Museum, showcasing students of Stagelight Performing Arts, Farrell Ice-cream Parlour staff members, and Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 attendants, with with an animated Charlie the Clock dancing in Brea Downtown. And best of all, every person in Brea is invited to join in the celebration which mimics the book's last chapter: "Party Time" where people young and old gather to celebrate the hook of the book, a secret I cannot reveal right now!

                              The book features Brea school kids, grades 3rd-6th: Roman M., Lauren T., Jarred G., Jesse H., Madison M., and Skyler S. along with Orange County Register longtime local news columnists, Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie,” Terri Daxon, elementary teacher Jill Berrner, and former Brea student, Valeria Z.

                                We also conducted a “Kids Imagine Brea Essay” contest, resulting in four winning essays on Brea's future from elementary students: Jessica L., Lauren A., Mollie C. and Haylee R., chosen by the Brea Education Foundation. The winning essays and photos will be showcased in the book.

                                  Additionally, we scheduled a panoramic photo shoot to feature as many local kids as possible in the book. Instead of the photo, it will be a an illustration spread across two pages.

                                    Read what BOUSD superintendent and local dignitaries had to say after reading the centennial children's history book:

                                      "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

                                        "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as its historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Brea Mayor

                                          "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

                                            Charlie's Clues Re: Cover of book. What does 10 and 12 mean in Brea?????

                                              Of note: Part of the proceeds from the book will go back to Brea Olinda Unified School District through the Brea Education Foundation.

                                                They Say Good Things Take Time!

                                                  Sincerely,

                                                    Carolyn Campbell 😊

                                                      creative business development/project manager

                                                        Brea's landmark, Charlie's Clock, located in Brea Downtown on the corner of Birch Street and Madrona Avenue. Photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography


                                                          The Test of Time: A Brea Landmarks List

                                                            Good Old Brea Clock, 300 W. Birch St. (at Madrona)… The two-sided timepiece served as the stationmaster’s clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside, but both the duration of its time there and its origin remain unknown. It was brought to Brea in 1975 by a man named Charlie to advertise his clock shop in the old Brea Hotel building (east side, Brea Boulevard at Ash Street). In 1979, a car ran into it, causing major but repairable damage. When Brea began to redevelop its old downtown, there were plans to preserve the Brea Hotel and other buildings in a historic block, but developers couldn’t be found to take on the potentially costly project. Instead, in 1994, the buildings were razed and the clock (which the city had bought because local folks had come to consider it a landmark) went into storage. As Brea’s new downtown approached its opening in the late 1990s, the clock was completely renovated. Today, its base, post and the casing around its face remain original, but its mechanism has been recast and reassembled, and the unique calligraphy of its original face and hands has been carefully recreated, with neon added so it can be read at night. During the city’s centennial year, Charlie the Clock has experienced new life. Recreated in costume form and starring in this book, Brea’s landmark timepiece has become a fresh symbol of Brea’s historic heritage.

                                                              Written by Teresa Hampson

  • Q&A with Jeanette Pohlen, Brea’s Basketball Sports Hero

    7 years ago by

    Jeanette relaxing with the sweetest little bird

    We caught up with Jeanette Pohlen, former BOHS Ladycat and Stanford Grad, now playing for the WNBA.  Here’s what she had to say.

    Breaoldandnew.com: How’s are former BOHS Ladycat doing since leaving Stanford University to join the pro’s?

    JP: I am doing really well. Currently playing in Turkey in the offseason of the WNBA.

    BBON: What was it like to be a part of the WNBA draft?

    JP: Being a part of the WNBA draft was an experience I will never forget. It is what I have been working for my whole career for and to be given the opportunity to continue my career in the pros has been such a blessing. Having my family there to experience it as well made it that much better.

     

    BBON: Since being selected by Indiana Fever, what has your schedule been like?

    JP: Since being selected by the Indiana Fever, my schedule was pretty busy during the season. A lot of traveling for games, practice, appearances, and training. Now that we are in the offseason I am just trying to improve certain aspects of my game to make me a better player.

    BBON: Now that you play with the pro’s, is it everything you imagined it to be?

    JP: Playing in the pros has definitely been everything I imagined it to be. Obviously there are things you can't really prepare for but I had some great teammates for my rookie year. Getting to play with some of the top veteran players in the league like Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, and Tangela Smith was awesome. They were so welcoming.

    BBON: What is it like being one of Brea’s sports heroes?

    JP: Haha I don't know if I would consider myself a hero but I hope that I can have an influence on young girls that want to play basketball and follow their dreams. I've had so much support in Brea growing up throughout my career and I know I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for everyone that believed in me.

     

       

  • 2011 City of Brea Holiday Tree Lighting

    7 years ago by

    "Snow" falling at the Brea Civic Center, Dec. 8, 2011

    Snow fell in Brea on Thursday night, for the first time since 1949!

    Hundreds of Breans gathered last night in front of the Civic Center, filling seats and bleacher space, more children than adults. And the reason we were all there? The Annual City of Brea Holiday Tree Lighting! And whether you call it a Holiday or call it Christmas, the city provided a program that satisfied everyone's tastes.

    After a welcome from the evenings emcee, Mayor Pro-Tem Don Schweitzer, the entertainment began with the talented young people from the Country Hills Elementary School Cougar Choir, directed by Debbie Shin, singing "Winter Wonderland", followed by "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

    When their opening set of music was complete, our emcee directed us to practice shouting, "Light the tree" and after a few practice shouts, the tree lit-up in cheerful Christmas lights to ooohs and aaahs from the crowd.

    Next, The Singing Pastors, (Pastor Doug and Brenda Green from North Hills Church, Pastor Davis Hill from Firehouse of Prayer, Pastor Mike O'Brien from Downtown Chapel, Brea Foursquare Church, and Pastor Dave Rader from Brea Baptist Church), were introduced and after a short, very funny song about shipping holiday packages, the four (plus one on piano), engaged us with Christmas Carole's that reminded the crowd of the Reason for the Season.

    The Pastors started singing "Let It Snow" after our emcee reminded us that the last time it snowed in Brea was over 60-years ago. Just then, to the sounds of squeals of delight from young and old, snow flurries started to fall from the sky! The sky next to the Civic Center roof, where they had installed foam machines that launched simulated snow into the air and down onto the crowd below. How fun! While children tried to catch the "snow" in their hands, grown-ups laughed and smiled and enjoyed the sight. Snow in Brea, falling from the sky!

    The Darden Family, a very talented family of singers and performers, rounded out the evenings entertainment with the final song of their set, "Here Comes Santa Claus".  That's when we heard the sirens, as Santa was escorted in style to the Civic Center, riding on Brea's own historic Seagraves Fire Truck, with a contingent of Brea Police Department's finest, ensuring he arrived on time.

    After a short greeting, Santa headed to the Brea Library where he was ready to listen to Christmas wishes from young and old.

    What a fun night! What a beautiful tree! What a marvelous program!

    Entertainment before and after the festivities was provided by KOST 103.5, broadcasting Christmas music live from the Civic Center.

    The City of Brea extends special thanks to Brea Corner Bakery, Brea Firefighters Association, Brea Home Depot, Brea Lions, Brea Vons, Mary Harrington, La Neve Photography, Memory Garden Memorial Park, and North Hills Church.

    Don't forget to have a look at images from the Holiday Tree Lighting on the BBON Facebook page!

     

  • Brea Olinda High School Boys Cross Country are winners!

    7 years ago by

    In 2010, the Brea Olinda boys’ cross country team captured their first CIF Division 3 regional title and went on to a third-place finish in statewide competition. Led by Jeremy Mattern, winner of the OC Register/OCVarsity.com award for Coach of the Year, the team continues to make Brea proud, this year earning an ESPN ranking of 4th among boys’ cross country teams in California and 36th among teams nationwide. On Saturday, October 1st, 2011, Brea will host its Cross Country Invitational at beautiful Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Will BOHS run roughshod over the competition, fulfilling the hopes and expectations of their unflagging Brea supporters? Be there and find out!

  • Beautiful Brea Old & New Sandra Lynn Interview

    7 years ago by

    On November 1st, 2010,Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) embarked on its 1st BB video adventure featuring Sandra Lynn Modic of Sandra Lynn Music. Sandra Lynn is a 2003 Brea Olinda High School Grad who has a chance at Country Pop Stardom! In October of 2011, Sandra Lynn married David Ellison, Executive Producer of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. David is the son of Larry Ellison of Oracle Software. We congratulate the newlyweds and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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