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OC Register Columnist “Newsy Suzie” Year in Review

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Two 40 South Restaurant & Wine Bar had the most unusual chamber opening ever seen in Brea. Owners Grand Golding(left) and Eric Merrell, right, broke a 600 pound barrel of wine with mallets and the valued at $7,000 poured onto the sidewalk.

So much happened in Brea this year and I only  have room for a few column highlights.  Sorry I didn't have room to cover all the wonderful things the local organizations and clubs do in both towns.
Biz news-The Brea Downtown has become the happening place bursting with new restaurants  like Bruxie, Buffalo Wings and Things etc. , and  many fun free events for the entire community Brea’s Best Hamburger at 770 Brea Blvd. has been sold. 30 year owners Bill and Tom Gatsios have retired.
- Two 40 South Restaurant & Wine Bar Two 40 South Restaurant & Wine Bar had the most unusual Chamber opening.The owners opened a 600-pound barrel of wine valued at $7,000 with mallets. -Brea Plaza 20 years in planning officially opened a few months ago and well worth the wait.
-Von's grocery store has new owners. -The first Women's Conference hosted by the Brea Chamber was a great success. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Eileen Mc Dargh were fabulous keynote speakers. -Julie and Dave La Neve opened the Orange County Photography Center at 590 W. Central Ave.  
-Denny's Restaurant closed after being in Brea for 30  decades. Cold Stone Creamery in the Brea Downtown  relocated to Orange.
Biggest scoop of the year: Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour coming to Brea and opens tomorrow.
Brea in the news: GlowZone. world’s leader in photoluminescent research and development at 620 Lunar in Brea has a new product MoonSkins, covers for iphone4/4s that glow in the dark. The covers were recently featured in USA Today.
-Tungsten World is the largest retailer of wedding ring bands in the world at 471 W. Lambert.
--BOHS and Stanford grad Jeannette Pohlen is now playing professional basketball for the Indiana Fevers where  she was named highest 3 point shooting percentage in the WNBA....pretty good for a rookie player. The guard  is also  playing for a professional basketball team in Tarsus, Turkey.
Royalty:  Miranda Garcia was named  Miss Brea 2011. Emily Davis was crowned BOHS homecoming queen. Russell Doyle and Kimberly Lopez were crown prom BOHS king and queen.
Show biz: Charo performed at the Curtis Theatre. Scenes for an Alan Arkin movie were filmed in Brea in the homes of the  Orlando and Cress families. Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American children's television show currently airing on the Nick Jr. cable network in the United States overseas The show was co-created by Scott Schultz  of Brea and he is the producer, writer, and director. Scott is in the process of developing and creating a new animation show  for teens. Marti  Repp had her photo taken with Tom Cruise at Sandy Modic’s (graduate from BOHS 2003) wedding and Sandy married David Ellison, son of Larry Ellison of Oracle. David is in the movie industry and is producing a movie, ‘Mission Impossible’ with Tom Cruise.
Honors: Ron Taylor named Brea Lion of the Year and Jill Kimble Soroptimist of the year. Debbie Mercer honored by  City of Orange Police Association and Rotary as the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.  Brea Ladycats won their own Classic.  Pastor David Rader the 29th Senate District’s Citizen of the Year. Mark Svet was named Lion of the Year.  Brea cheerleaders took honors at the national level.
Authors: Jacqueline Diamond has written over 90 best selling novels. David Willert, former teacher of the year, recently published his third and best book."Dimension lll"
People:-Brea Olinda High School senior, Dyan Venegas, 18, is an executive chef of Sciacca's Restaurant in the Brea Downtown.
Sad note: We lost a lot of wonderful Breans this year including  Norma Zimmer, Wil Fry. Steve Henderson, Leonard McKain, Jean Agree, Fred Meier, Rocky Occhuito, Greg Adler, and many more.
Good deeds: Members of the Brea/La Habra Soroptimist Club of Brea/La Habra built and renovated the gazebo and rededicated it as the Ralph Barnes grandstand.
Any news?Give me a jingle (714)529-8561 or e-mail
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