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

    6 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. 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

    6 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/ 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!