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

    2 weeks ago by

    Some people say history is boring. 🙁 Brea's landmark clock turned caricature says otherwise. 🙂


      “Oh, history is anything but dull,” Charlie replied, “What’s more, I can prove it to you.” “How’s that?” inquired Skyler. Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! - Author Teresa Hampson.

      Brea Grammar School: The building served as a grammar school until 1956, when it was transitioned to Brea Junior High. Time travelers, Charlie the Clock and his kid crew, drawn by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins.


        "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 it's 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 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

  • Making the Cut: Colby Canales selected for USA Baseball SoCal Region

    3 weeks ago by

    Colby Canales of Brea was selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region. Canales, a St. Angela Merici alumni and current sophomore at Servite High School, has also accepted a baseball scholarship to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


      Colby Canales of Brea selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region.


        After an extensive selection process consisting of three tryout rounds, Colby managed to make the cut to move forward in the final pick to represent our country as part of Team USA.

          The Canales household is very excited and grateful as dad, Pete Canales said, “Our family is extremely blessed to have this opportunity for him.”

            We congratulate Colby and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

  • Brea: Landmark in a centennial story told by Author Teresa Hampson

    3 weeks ago by

    Brea Landmarks List - Brea Boulevard North/Central


      Brea Grammar School before transitioning to Brea Junior High. Courtesy of JoAnn Penn Haws

      In the spirit of the "BJH Bobcats" photos courtesy of BOHS incoming junior, Jennifer Choi.


        Brea Junior High, 400 N. Brea Blvd…The front building dates from 1916, but its original second-story auditorium and decorative exterior trim were removed after the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. It was substantially modernized in 2006, including relocation of the main entrance from west to north. The auditorium, PE and non-modular classroom wings were added in 1949. It served as Brea Grammar School until 1956, when it was transitioned to a junior high with the opening of Arovista.
  • Drowning is preventable; someone must take watch

    4 weeks ago by

    This has been one extra-hot summer, and a dip in the pool sounds great. It can be, especially for the kids, but swimming and playing in the pool can also turn tragic in seconds. So far this summer, we’ve had no drowning incidents in Brea, according the Orange County Fire Authority. But countywide, there have been 22 water-related incidents, including eight in swimming pools, six in the ocean or bay and seven in bathtubs.


      Where there is water, there is the possibility of a drowning. I know that sounds harsh, but an infant or child can drown in a few inches of water.

        It is so preventable with thoughtful caution.

          With swimming pools, if there are kids in the pool, you need a responsible adult, who can swim, to be the water watcher.

            The water watch must do just that. Watch the water and do nothing else. No checking emails or texting, but have a phone handy in case of an emergency. No chatting with someone who “just wants to keep you company.” And no drinking anything stronger than iced tea.

              Water watchers must be willing to do nothing but watch the kids and adults in the pool. It only takes seconds for a young child to go under and drown.

                Brea used to have Water Watcher tags, but you can make your own for the water watcher to hang around his neck. A good reminder of his duty.

                  Last week at the Brea Plunge. a young child had a medical incident in the pool during free swimming time. A lifeguard was on duty. The child was immediately pulled out of the pool, according to Assistant City Manager Chris Emeterio, who said the Brea Fire Department first responders were there moments later. Said Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe, “Because of quick action by all concerned, there was a happy ending.”

                    If you own a pool or spa, you should make pool safety a priority by having the pool or spa fenced in and self-closing with a latch beyond a child’s reach. According the OCFA, alarms and pool covers are no substitutes for an at least 4-foot-high fence that junior can’t climb over. A responsible pool owner keeps a life preserver, shepherd’s hook and CPR instruction within easy reach. And, of course you should know CPR and first aid.

                      If not, there are classes available through the American Red Cross and other local sources.

                        When the baby or a child is suddenly missing, make the pool or spa the first, not the last, place you look. That is something to emphasize to your child’s caretaker or baby sitter.

                          Pool safety is also important for the elderly. And no one, regardless of age and swimming ability should ever swim alone. Swim with the family; you’ll have more fun.

                            Check out ocgov.com for more pool safety information, or stop by National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Brea Marketplace. Bring the kids to meet Brea’s police and fire personnel, the SWAT team and K-9 units. There will be finger painting, face painting, free food, safety information and giveaways.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink. net.

  • 2003 BOHS grad Araz Pourmorad proud to serve under the Obama administration

    2 months ago by

    Brea


      “Only in this great country of ours can a 13-year-old immigrant who arrived knowing just three words in English (yes, no and monkey) grow up one day to work for the President of the United States.” So said Araz Pourmorad, 2003 Brea Olinda High graduate.

        President Barack Obama has departure photos taken with Araz Pourmorad, Deputy Director of Operations and Continuity, WH Operations in the Oval Office, Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House)


          “It was a great honor and the privilege of my life to serve the Obama administration in the White House, but now my nine-year journey has come to an end,” Araz wrote as the administration wound down this past winter.

            Araz first served at the White House as deputy director of operations and continuity, and later was promoted to State Protocol. During his years in that post, he managed the visits of heads of states and governments to the United States.

              Travel was also part of his “amazing experience,” as his work took him all over the world.

                Not one to forget his roots, Araz expressed special thanks to his parents, Fereydon “Fred” and Fatemeh Pourmorad of Brea, for making the sacrifices they did so he could have this special opportunity. While serving in Washington,D.C., he also invited three of his Brea Olinda High teachers, Barbara Arcyznski, Janet Chapluk and Marjorie Sepulveda, all of Brea, to visit the White House.

                  A USC graduate with a degree in political science, Araz said he particularly loved the First Family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny, and adored acting as the Easter Bunny in the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll.

                    Asked what he thought of former President Barack Obama, he said he believed him to be “one of the greatest presidents in history.”

                      Though sad to say goodbye to his friends in D.C., Araz has landed on his feet and now works on public policy at Google.

                        We knew him when…

                          Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for more than 40 years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or e-mail suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Olinda Elementary students named state champions for National History Day

    3 months ago by

    After taking first-place ribbons at the National History Day Orange County Competition on March 11, five fifth-graders from Olinda Elementary School advanced to the state's National History Day Competition on May 6.


      Brea students at the state History Day Competition are, from left, Zoe Panis, Jiya Patel, Erika Yang, Jocelyn Islas and Sean Cronin. Their teacher, Jill Berrner, is standing behind first-place winners, Jocelyn and Sean.


        One nation's largest state History day competitions, California has more than 1,200 participants each spring.

          Sean Cronin and Jocelyn Islas took first place for individual projects. Sean's was "Claus von Stauffenberg's Stand Against the Nazi Regime," and Jocelyn's was "Harriet Tubman: Taking a Stand for Freedom."

            Quite an honor for Brea and Orange County!

              Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for more than 40 years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • City of Brea Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

    3 months ago by

    Drum roll, Please!


      4 Days and Counting!

        Celebrate Brea's centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.


          Historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock is ticking in countdown of the City of Brea’s centennial kickoff parade and picnic this Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.

            The parade will feature over 100 entries including USC Trojan Marching Band, the 501st Legion/Southern California Garrison Star Wars Group, BOHS Ladycat sport stars, local youth and sport groups, Brea police and fire departments, Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra, and much more!!

              Andrea Barber, actor known for Full House, Fuller House, and Days of Our Lives, along with former Major League legendary pitchers, Randy Jones and Charlie Hough, will be the grand marshals for the parade! All three special guests share a connection with the City of Brea.

                Free parking is available, courtesy of Beckman Coulter, at the southeast corner of Birch and Kraemer. Street closures in the area begin at 7:00 a.m. on the centennial parade and picnic day.
  • Excerpt from Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    4 months ago by

    Brea’s first children’s book, a centennial celebration, named Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Excerpt from chapter three: ONE HECK of a DECADE

        Author, Teresa Hampson

          Illustration by 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, Heather Ashlyn Collins

            The Brea Bowl held on Halloween in 1924 between Brea's baseball hero, Walter Johnson, aka “The Big Train” and his friend baseball player, Babe Ruth, aka “The Sultan of Swing.
            Book characters from left to right: Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Charlie the Clock, Roman, Madison and Lauren.


              "Stop the clock!” gasped Roman. “What are Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth doing here?”

                "Crazy, isn’t it?” Charlie agreed. “But the answer’s really simple. Walter Johnson grew up in Olinda, where everyone adored baseball and every oil company fielded a team, and his very first pitching experience came during his years there. Major league players often went on tour during the off season in these days, so when Johnson came back to Brea, it was natural for him to bring along some friends for a charity baseball game!”

                  As Charlie spoke, the game got underway, and Ruth, who normally played outfield, stepped in as his team’s pitcher. Most in the crowd started out rooting for Johnson, their hometown son, but Ruth’s batting talent caused quite a few to switch sides. One wonderful inning followed another, and then Ruth again stepped up to the plate.

                    "I can’t believe I’m seeing Babe Ruth play!” shrieked Jesse, a big baseball fan. And just as he said it, an enormous roar rose from the field.

                      “Look at it go!” shouted Skyler, pointing to a ball barreling way out into the field… When that huge home run finally touched down, thrilled officials measured it a 550-foot grand slam – ample reason for naming Ruth the day’s most valuable player.

                        "It looks like Walter Johnson’s team is losing, but nobody seems to mind,” Madison observed a little while later.

                          She was right. The fortunate fans who saw Johnson and Ruth face off that autumn afternoon seldom spoke of (or even seemed to recall) what the final score was, but always considered themselves blessed to be there for Brea’s great day in baseball.

                            "Charlie, that was the BEST afternoon ever!!!!!” Jesse exclaimed as the post-game photo session wrapped up. “You really outdid yourself this time!”

                              “Oh, I have my moments,” Charlie beamed. “But right now – we’ve gotta fly!”

  • Brea’s former mayors set the pace for our future

    4 months ago by

    Did you know Brea has 14 living former mayors, all appointed by their peers, 10 who still live in Brea?


      They have presided over Brea during different eras and often under challenging conditions, but I am only highlighting former mayors not currently on council.

        Mayor Lynn Daucher is seen in this 1998 photo at the helm of a bulldozer for the groundbreaking of Brea Downtown. (Courtesy of Lynn Daucher)


          Our living former mayors date back to 1964, when then 28-year-old Thomas Speers was appointed mayor for a two-year term. Speers now lives in Colorado, and recalled how he and his council were successful in changing the position of city administrator to a full-time city manager and other professional staffing needed for a growing city.

            During Rex Gaede’s turn as mayor in 1977, he was instrumental in changing the mayoral term from two years to one year so more council members could serve in the center seat. Gaede’s most memorable mayor moment was presiding over the opening of the Brea Mall, a very big deal for the community.

              Ron Isles, who now lives in Arkansas, served on the council two times, and as mayor in 1982 and again in 1992. He said he worked with the city manager and finance manager to set minimum budget constraints to assure that Brea would always have money and be able to pay its bills. That seems to still be the case today.

                A big change came in 1984 when Norma Arias Hicks Buckeye, now of Fallbrook, was appointed mayor. She was the first woman and first Hispanic to be elected to Brea’s City Council. She was instrumental in getting Sacramento bigwigs to create Chino Hills State Park, and also fought the landfill expansion.

                  Carrey Nelson, our oldest living mayor at age 90, served as mayor in 1984 and 1990. He served 14 years on council, and the downtown’s huge transformation came under his watch.

                    Mayor in 1990, Wayne Wedin said working with a strong team of staff, council and the community was successful as was developing a strong relationship with the school district. He was also instrumental in starting Brea’s Art in Public Places.

                      Burnie Dunlap became mayor in 1992, 1993 and 1996. A highlight of being mayor was the completion of the Brea Community Center. He now lives in Anaheim Hills, but says he still loves Brea!

                        Bev Perry, mayor in 1995, 2000 and 2003, became mayor in 1995 and the next day Orange County declared bankruptcy. She spent much of that year in meetings with other O.C. cities who also had money invested with the county. In the end, she said, they were able to craft a deal that returned nearly all of Brea’s money back to the city.

                          Lynn Daucher, mayor 1997-98, said her most memorable mayor moment was at the downtown groundbreaking in October 1998. She said it was culmination of years of hard work by several city councils, but the best part was Daucher at the controls of the bulldozer. Something I doubt she has repeated.

                            John Beauman, mayor in 2004 and 2009, especially enjoyed commemorating the Brea Sports Park opening in 2008, and also serving as president of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities.

                              Former police chief Bill Lentini was mayor in 2004. His goal on council was to help bring civility back to our local government and finally make the sports park a reality. During his mayoral year, he saw the revitalization of South Brea Boulevard and safeguards set for the hillsides.

                                Don Schweitzer was mayor in 2008 and 2012, following in the mayoral footsteps from the past of his father and grandfather. His favorite accomplishment as mayor was presenting the idea of a Brea war memorial, getting it funded and finally built.

                                  Ron Garcia served as Brea’s mayor in 2006. Unfortunately he did not respond to my requests.

                                    Brett Murdock served as Brea’s mayor in 2014 and worked hard on the Lagos de Moreno Park rehabilitation project at Laurel School. “It will be an incredible addition to our great city and school district,” he said.

                                      Murdock is the only former mayor who stated he is seriously considering running again for office. Which one? He didn’t say.

                                        Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Brea Kids Centennial Children’s Book Photo Shoot

    6 months ago by

    Hi everyone!


      Bring Your Umbrellas For a “FUN” Panoramic Photo Shoot!!

        On With THE Show!! According to the Weather Channel, there is a chance of rain tomorrow, February 11 with intermittent showers in the afternoon.

          We will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park at the amphitheater to take the photo that will be featured in “Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits” -> a whimsy centennial book celebrating 100 years in Brea!!

            Don’t forget the photo release form.
            Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea first children’s book with historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website. Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member

            Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea first children’s book with historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends --celebrating 100 years in Brea-- and CharlietheClock.com website.
            Form graphic designs courtesy of Jennifer Choi, BOHS GITA Club member


              Thank you,

                Carolyn Campbell

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