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  • Brea’s Country Fair Lions’ Share of Fun

    2 years ago by

    Let the hula hoop contest begin.

    Let the hula hoop contest begin.


      Brea Country Fair - Hula Hoop Contests

        As is custom, the Brea Lions are a big part of the 4th of July Brea Country Fair every year. This year our President's 1st outside duty as President of this distinguished organization is to chair the Hula Hoop and Pie Eating Contests. Boy, it would really be interesting to have the Pie Eating Contest first, and then have the contestants follow that up with the Hula Hoop Contest (sounds like my frat days)!
        And they're off!

        And they're off!


          MC'ing the events was none other than the master of bull, but Lion Bill Hall! After being introduced by former Brea Lion & Mr. Brea Andy Ronquillo wearing a wig/hat I'd like to borrow, Lion Bill made these high jinks fun for all. As usual, we had two of each contest. The first two contests by age brackets were the Hula Hoop Contests. Lion President Walt had these kids and young adults performing some real circus acts. Thank God he didn't ask any of us to demonstrate. Many of us would have trouble getting these hoops around our waists!

            Brea Lions helping out at the park included Mayor Lion Marty, Pres. Walt, Immediate Past President Mark, 1st VP Cliff, Secretary Ron, OCYF Treasurer & Tail Twister Bill Hall, Membership Chair Sue, Shaggy Mane Editor Ed, & yours truly.

              Thank you, Brea Lions, for taking some valuable time out of your holiday!

                ---Lion Phil

  • Brea’s “Newsy Suzie” Year-End Review 2014

    3 years ago by

    Susan Gaede a.k.a. "Newsy Suzie."

    Susan Gaede a.k.a. "Newsy Suzie."


      I want to thank all the people who have sent or called me with news this year. I am sharing some of the highlights of the Newsy Suzie 2014 column.

        BREA

          Rising country artist Sandra Lynn (Modic) is splitting her time between Southern California and Nashville. (courtesy of Christopher Mezzavilla)

          Rising country artist Sandra Lynn (Modic) is splitting her time between Southern California and Nashville. (courtesy of Christopher Mezzavilla)


            Show biz: Rising Country Artist 2003 Brea-Olinda High School graduate Sandra Lynn (Modic) has a new song out called "Afterparty," ready for download on i-Tunes and also playing on SiriusXM satellite radio on The Highway (Channel 56).This past year she has opened for well-known artists such as Kenny Rogers, Cole Swindell and at a Charity event for Kenny Chesney. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts produced her debut EP, and new song.

              Currently, Sandra is dividing her time between Southern California and Nashville.You can go to SandraLynnmusic.com and see her bio.

                IN BUSINESS BUZZ

                  Biggest crystal ball of the year: Whole Foods will be coming to the Village at La Floresta.

                  The Farmers Market in Brea Downtown closed. The Brea Chamber of Commerce is taking it over. The crystal ball reveals the Farmers Market will be located at Birch and State College and could be opening in March.

                    Inversion Dance Studios at 710 N. Brea Blvd. offers classes on pole dancing, a growing exercise trend.

                    Osaka Seafood Buffet closed (Kyoto Buffet & Grill has opened in that location). Melting Pot, Berkeley Dog, Burrissimo, Eurasian Reflexology all closed, too. World Photo and Avenue relocated, but are still in Brea.

                        Some of the newest Brea restaurants include Super Juicy Dumplings, Tempo Urban Kitchen (formerly Lascari’s), Lillie’s Q, and Macallan’s Pub Restaurant. McDonalds on Imperial Highway recently reopened with a brand new building.

                          PEOPLE AROUND BREA
                          Matthew and Nadia Fox, both teachers, 6-year-old triplets and 8-month year old twins pose for a photo. Left to right: Eugene, Anika, and Elise age 6, and twins Juliette and Camille 8 months. (courtesy Stefanie Camarena)

                          Matthew and Nadia Fox, both teachers, 6-year-old triplets and 8-month year old twins pose for a photo. Left to right: Eugene, Anika, and Elise age 6, and twins Juliette and Camille 8 months. (courtesy Stefanie Camarena)


                            Seeing double and triple in 2014, I reported on several sets of multiple children. The start of the school year saw 12 sets of twins at Brea Junior High.

                              Nadia and Matthew Fox were plenty busy with 5 year old triplets and then Nadia had identical twins, so they had five children under the age of five at one time.
                            Camille and Jullette identical twins are 8 months now, and triplet siblings Eugene, Anika, Elise are 6. The Foxes, both teachers, are enjoying having multiple multiples in the family.

                              Steve Ranck,a 1982 grad, created a batman game now featured in arcades.

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and now a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke  on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco. (courtesy White)

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and now a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco. (courtesy White)

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and currently a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco.

                                  Janet Yergler former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test. Friends call her “miracle lady.”
                                  Janet Yergler, former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test (courtesy Mary Dunn)

                                  Janet Yergler, former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test (courtesy Mary Dunn)


                                    Former Mayor Burnie Dunlap named to Orange County Grand Jury.

                                      Cliff Hamilton, who was named Lion of the Year his first year of the club, created a fish fly that looks like a baby turtle - very popular nationwide. The Lions Club did very well raising a total sum of 70,000.

                                        Sierra McCoy was crowned BOHS homecoming queen. Jonathan Compton was chosen Mr.Brea.

                                          Brea Olinda Class of 1987 grad Erik Wedin demonstrated the famed Honda robot ASIMO's capabilities in New York on the "live with Kelly and Michael" television show.

                                            There were lots of honors spread around the community the last year:

                                              The 10 and under All Star team of Brea Girls Softball League won the state championship.

                                                Dave Willert, an author and popular vocal director of the outstanding choruses at BOHS and Brea Junior High, was featured in Parent Magazine.

                                                  Girl Scouts Brianna Clark, Briana Stempnlak, and Makayla Warren earned the prestigious Gold Award.

                                                    Bill Higgins was named Brea Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year, while the Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra named Vanessa Perkins and Gina Vander Meer its soroptimists of the year.

                                                      ODDS AND ENDS

                                                        St. Angelia Merici Parish and school celebrated its 50 year anniversary with a picnic. Hundreds attended.

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Matt Children’s Hospital at UCLA. (courtesy Reed Hutcherson)

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Matt Children’s Hospital at UCLA. (courtesy Reed Hutcherson)

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Children’s Hospital UCLA.

                                                            Jazz festival returned to the Brea downtown for a weekend and it was packed.

                                                              Steve Vargas, Glenn Parker, and Cecilia Hupp are newly elected council members.

                                                                Happy New Year!

                                                                  Any news? Give me a jingle at (714)529-8561 or email suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Brea Lions split $50,000 to deserving recipients

    3 years ago by

    Bill McLeran, Brea Lions Club All-Star Charity Football game chair, distributed a check to Brea cheerleaders Haley Richey, Tatum Drinnenberg, and Madison Main from proceeds of the game. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


      Brea Lions roaring with success: Brea Lions distributed proceeds from their 55th O.C. Prep All-Star Charity Football Game recently. Approximately $50,000 was brought in from the event (oldest in the state & 3rd oldest in nation) and distributed to Orange County Youth Foundation, Western Youth Services, Brea Olinda Unified School District Special Education, and the Brea Olinda Cheer squad. Additional proceeds were previously distributed to several high schools and youth groups who participated through the sale of tickets and/or ads. Game Chairman Bill McLeran made the presentations at the Brea Lions Club dinner meeting.

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

  • 2013 year-end review with Brea’s “Newsy Suzie”

    4 years ago by

    BREA

    Our Susan Gaede, a.k.a. “Newsy Suzie,” is a longtime Brea resident and newspaper columnist covering Brea and La Habra for more than three decades.


      Here's a wrap up of column highlights throughout the year:

        - Biggiest and most interesting scoops:1998 Brea Olinda High School grad Aaron Sittig helped in the design of Facebook. He created special features including the ability to tag photos and the "like" button.

          Aaron Sittig, Brea Olinda High School grad, helped in the design of Facebook. He created special features including the ability to tag photos and the "like" button. (courtesy Brea High School)


            - Ann Herbert was the first women to join Brea Lions Club in over 91 years.

            Ann Herbert was the first woman to join the Brea Lions Club in over 91 years. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


              "BREA" was an answer in the New York Times crossword "City next to Fullerton was the clue".

                -2000 Brea grad Shae Winker (Shae Casamento) and husband, Ray, had triplets e.g. Evan, Ava, and Ryden on September 16, and former councilman Steve Vargas and wife, Lisa, are the proud grandparents of the trio.

                  Raycen and Mikayl Winker hold their triplet siblings (left to right) Evan, Ava and Ryden. (Courtesy Two Little Feathers Photography)


                    -Whitney McMurtrie was on Wheel of Fortune and won $3,800.

                      Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School graduate, currently serves as a Disneyland Ambassador.

                        -Buffalo Wild Wings shot their national campaign commercial in Brea. The theme was for the NCAA playoffs...and brought over 200 people to the downtown from Hollywood...dozens of crew trucks, etc., etc.

                          -1997 BOHS alum Reymundo Perez is the art supervisor for the 3 “Avatar” movies. He has been working with James Cameron for 8 years.

                            -Home Goods drew the most response of any column item, Lots and lots of calls asking when it was going to open.

                              Biz news: Lots of new restaurants opened this year: Lazy Dog, Bruno’s , Burrissimo, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Grafcio’s are among them.

                                -School board trustee Joe Rollino opened his fourth Subway in Brea and it is open all night. He owns 14 others throughout Orange County.

                                  -Campitelli Cookies closed after being in town since the 1980’s.

                                    People:

                                      - Fritz Coleman, Channel 4 weatherman and comedian, performed at the Curtis Theatre in a hilarious one man show. He also did his Channel 4 broadcast from Eagle Hills in Brea and featured some of the decorated holiday homes.

                                        -Mark Kercheville has taught for 40 years at Arovista Elementary School and retired this year. He was in the first Kindergarten class at Arovista in 1956!

                                          -Gil Basbas delivered his last letter July 23 after delivering the mail in Brea for 30 years.

                                            -Elegant Elsie Bergman was given 6 different parties in her honor celebrating her 100th birthday.

                                              -Elizabeth Anderson, 32, ran the Boston Marathon in three hours and 41 minutes. She was in the family reunion area when she heard the explosion.

                                                -19 year Brea Olinda school trustee, author of Brea-Celebrating 75 Years: An Illustrated History, and co-chair of the 8 K race for many years, Teresa Hampson, resigned because she and her husband, Gary, were moving to Santa Rosa.

                                                  -Connie Allred is the second highest in sales nationwide selling Cookie Lee Jewelry, and has won sales awards netting her a Mercedes and 11 vacation trips.

                                                    -Jenna Lambourne was named BOHS homecoming queen.... Rayne Meeks was named Prom Queen and Jake Flowers, Prom King.

                                                      -John McEntee and Corey Leyton chaired and foot the bill for the 1973 Brea Olinda High School Class Reunion. All classes in the '70s were invited to attend.

                                                        BOHS Reunion attendees, from left Cindi Palmer, class of 1976, Kelly Smith Wilcott, class of 1976 and Lori Barber Schiller, class of 1977, have fun with the wax lips that were among the favors at the reunion. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


                                                          -Araz Pourmorad, 2003 BOHS grad is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Continuity for the White House. He was the Easter bunny for Obama at the traditional White House Egg Roll in 2012.

                                                            -Alyson J. Davidson, 2005 BOHS grad, has returned from two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and is now studying medicine at Georgetown University.

                                                              -Kylie and Kendall Jenner debuted their new line of clothes at Pac Sun at the Mall. Dennis Rodman popped in to say “hello” to the girls. Dwight Manley was Rodman’s Sports agent and Rodman stayed at his Brea home.

                                                                -Kendall Rodriguez, was signed to play professional Women’s basketball at GiroLive Panthers in Germany

                                                                  -Sharon Wagner resigned as Chamber Executive director. Sylvia Bianci resigned as exectuive director of the Brea Downtown.

                                                                    -Crystal ball: The crystal ball revealed Dwight Manley and partner Tony Fanticola are the new owners of the Brea Gaslight Center.

                                                                      -Honors: Hands on Mariposa principal Dr. Helene Cunningham, a 2013 National Distingushed Principal for the state of California, was honored at the White House on October 24-25. -BOHS alum Sachiko White, is a Disneyland Ambassador.

                                                                        -The Brea-Olinda High School Guidance Department has earned a national award, making BOHS the most highly decorated and recognized high school guidance department in the United States.

                                                                          -The BOHS choir and cheerleaders won on a national level.

                                                                            First for Brea: The first ever district-wide school play took place November 16-and 17 at the suggestion of Fanning PTA. Approximately 165 students from all Brea elementary schools participated.

                                                                              The Brea Olinda School district put on their first ever district-wide school play Aladdin. Shown (l-r) Carley Noller and Nathan Matthews (courtesy Jon Gaede) Brea 2013 column review


                                                                              -Club news: All of the service clubs outdid themselves. For example Brea Lions Club raised over $50,000 & distributed close to $30,000 to several charities, high schools & youth groups who participated in ticket & ad sales. Brea Rotary raised $65,000 on their Orange County Food and Wine Festival with proceeds going to Choc and local needs.

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

  • City of Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    5 years ago by

    The City of Brea’s traditional annual Tree Lighting ceremony is slated for Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic & Cultural Center. This event is anticipated by many as it sets the perfect holiday scene for merriment for the entire family, which includes the arrival of Santa Claus and musical performances by the Mariposa Monarchs 2nd Grade Choir, The Singing Pastors and Brea Gaslight Chorus.

    In addition, delicious cookies and hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of the Corner Bakery. And 5x7 photos with Santa by LaNeve Photography will be available for only $5.

    It takes takes a team to put together a spectacular community event: Special thanks to North Hills Church, Memory Garden Memorial Park and Brea Lions Club.

    There is no admission to attend this event. For further information, please call (714) 990-7771 or visit www.breaspecialevents.com.

  • Brea Lions Club celebrating 90 years of service

    5 years ago by

    The Brea Lions Club celebrated their 90th birthday July 25. The Brea Lions Club know how to work and have fun. They are shown at their 90th birthday celebration last week(l-r) Director Tom Rhine, past president ,Ed Salinas, and Club Chaplin and district chaplin, Lyle Sutton. (photo courtesy Phil Anton)

    Happy 90th July 25th Birthday Brea Lions Club! Who are the Lions? They meet the needs of local communities and the world, share a core belief – community is what we make it. Our dedicated Brea club work extremely hard and offers a lot to Brea and their citizens. Thank you for 90 years of years of wonderful service to the community.

    Susan Gaede

  • City of Brea’s 33rd Annual Country Fair on July 4th

    5 years ago by

    Annual Country Fair flyer

    Get ready for some old fashioned community fun on July 4th!  It’s countdown to the 33rd Annual Country Fair in Brea!  Every year at City Hall Park a grand fair is set up with an array of activities throughout the day for the entire family from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Many of Brea’s local organizations and community members are involved as the Brea Kiwanis kick-off the festivities with an early morning pancake breakfast, the musically, talented Darden Family entertain visitors, there’s a Hula Hoop Contest and a Pie Eating Contest sponsored by the Brea Lions Club, a fun Balloon Toss guided by North Hills Church, along with exhibits and tours at the Brea Museum and Heritage Center.  And the list goes on……..with a Beautiful Baby Contest, and much more!  This event has all the ingredients for a fun-packed family day out!!

  • The Brea Sign, Old and New

    6 years ago by

     

    The Brea Sign, July 2001

    On June 22, 2001, after almost 10 years in storage, Breans were delighted when our most famous landmark, The Brea Sign, was re-placed at the intersection of Brea Blvd and Birch Street. But, why was the sign placed on a rotating post on the corner of Brea Blvd and Birch Street, instead of a bridge?  Why is it standing, specifically, on that corner? Is this the original sign, or was it completely rebuilt?

    Originally constructed  over seventy-five years ago by the Brea Lions Club, the sign was dedicated in a grand ceremony on April 5, 1934, attended by Mayor Lynn Amos Hogue, Councilman Frank Schweitzer, Sr. (who designed the original candilever bridge that held the sign), W.D. Shaffer (a local businessman who funded a significant part of its construction), and former Mayor, Assemblyman (and soon to be Speaker of the California Assembly), Ted Craig, among other local dignitaries. The Brea Sign, over the years, became a landmark, not just for the local community, but for people passing through from neighboring cities.

    After 58 years, in 1992, Breans were disappointed to find their beloved sign had been removed after the bridge holding it was damaged by a passing vehicle. What most didn't know, however, is the sign had been carefully placed in storage and was awaiting renovation and reconstruction for an eventual re-dedication in the new Brea Downtown.

    Architects for the Downtown Redevelopment Agency found the Brea Sign to be an interesting design challenge. The first question they had to answer was how would it integrate into the new downtown. In the years between removal and redevelopment, Brea had grown up and Brea Blvd, once four-lanes, was now six. New code requirements, truck height restrictions and right-of-way requirements had to be considered.

    The actual Brea Sign is 3' x 10' wide. If the sign were to be put back on a bridge, that bridge would have had to be fifty feet across. That's almost half a football field of bridge holding up a 3' x 10' sign. It's a difficult concept to imagine.

    Design architects created photo montages of the sign, each suggesting various possibilities for placement. One suggestion, mounting the sign on the side of a building, was rejected  immediately since they didn't want to make a private building owner responsible for the sign. Another idea was to span the sign across and above one of the Paseos (the bricked walkways between some of the businesses), but, the sign needed to be visible from a prominent location. This idea was also taken out of the equation. read more