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

    14 hours 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.

  • City of Brea Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

    1 month 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.
  • A sneak peek at Brea’s very first young people’s history

    4 months ago by

    Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!


      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman.  (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)

      Charlie the Clock and school friends from left: Lauren in star T-shirt, Jesse, Skyler, Jarred, Madison and Roman. (Illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins)


        It's a cute meet on Birch Street....

          ...as six Brea Kids get the surprise of their lives - when Charlie the Clock wakes up and starts talking!

            written by Teresa Hampson & illustrated by Heather Ashlyn Collins

              HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, BREA - FEBRUARY 23!!!🎂

  • Brea Kids Centennial Children’s Book Photo Shoot

    4 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

  • Kids Imagine Brea essay contest winners chosen

    4 months ago by

    The Kids Imagine Brea essay contest winners have been selected! The four winning essays along with photos will be featured in the city's first children’s book -a timely centennial book named, Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! I would like to thank all the kid contestants who entered the essay contest!


      The winners as chosen by the Brea Education Foundation Board members based on originality are as follows:

        *Haylee Rodriguez

          Country Hills Elementary School

            3rd grade

              *Mollie Chiles

                Fanning Elementary School

                  4th grade

                    *Lauren Ahn

                      Mariposa Elementary School

                        5th grade

                          *Jessica Lovejoy

                            Fanning Elementary School

                              6th grade

                                Of special note:

                                  A panoramic photo op has been scheduled for this Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park in Brea courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography. For those of you who are planning to come, we will meet at the park's amphitheater.

                                    The purpose of the photo op is to gather local kids in grades 3rd-6th, public and private schools, for a group photo that will be featured in “Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits” centennial children's book, and also on CharlietheClock.club, which is scheduled to go live in the latter half of this month. To obtain the photo release and read further information about the book and sub-projects click here.

                                      Should you have any questions, please email me at News@BreaOldandNew.com.

                                        Thank you,

                                          Carolyn Campbell

  • Photo op featuring kids in Brea’s 1st Children’s Book – Celebrating Our Centennial Year

    5 months ago by

    Hi everyone! Brea’s 1st children’s book is coming along nicely, as we have a “dynamic group” of people helping us on the book and sub-projects. The name of the book is Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits!!


      A panoramic photo op has been scheduled on Saturday, February 11, at Arovista Park in Brea, at 1:00 p.m. Please help to spread the word -- grassroots style -- as
      Photo release form to authorize Brea kids public and private schools in grades, 3rd-6th, to be in a panoramic photo for Brea's first children’s book featuring 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's first children’s book featuring 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

      each and every person counts!

        The purpose of the photo is to feature as many Brea children from public and private schools (grades 3rd-6th,) as the group photo will be featured in Brea’s first children’s book and on a website devoted to the book named: CharlietheClock.club which is scheduled to go live soon!

          *In order for your child/children to be in the photo, you must fill out the photo release form and bring it to the photo shoot on Saturday, February 11.

            Should you have any questions, please email me at News@BreaOldandNew.com.

              This is an independent community-oriented venture including many children, residents and businesses. Following is an extensive background of the book and sub-projects.

                CLOCK BACKGROUND

                  The Brea Clock: Our much loved landmark The Brea Clock, was first placed on Brea Blvd in 1975 as an advertising gimmick for a clock shop that was in the old Brea Hotel, at that time, located near the NE corner of Brea Blvd and Ash St. Most Breans believe that the clock has a much longer history in the city, but prior to its 1975 installation, it serves as the station masters clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside. For a time, the clock was known to the city as “Charlie’s Clock,” named for the proprietor of the clock shop. When Charlie closed his business and left town, the city brought the clock since it had become such a cherished landmark and it fit well with plans for eventual downtown redevelopment.

                    The Brea Clock article as seen on BreaOldandNew.com by former Brea Historical Society President, Kathy Cannon.

                      Charlie the Clock caricature: In early 2015, I contracted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, to draw a caricature of the clock, renaming Charlie’s Clock to “Charlie the Clock,” because it’s friendly and implies the clock belongs to everyone in the community. Soon after, Charlie the Clock cutout was made, just in time to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, with "The Face of Brea" contest held at Brea Stadium West 10. “It was a hit,” said West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle! Charlie the Clock continued to dazzle the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Historical Museum, where the clock was taken out to visit events at our local elementary schools and recently again at the 2nd annual Brea Country Hills Color Run Fundraiser.

                        The concept of the book: Brea's historic iconic "Charlie the Clock" and seven school friends travel back in time to celebrate Brea's 100th birthday. After reading the first chapter Orange County Journalist/Columnist Terri Daxon said, "Teresa Hampson has written a delightful 'time travel' story that makes learning all about Brea's history an entertaining journey for kids and adults. I am anxious to read the rest of it.

                          Book Team:

                            *Teresa Hampson – Our author, is known for her history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years, and serving as the longest BOUSD Board member.

                              *Heather Ashlyn Collins - A 2006 BOHS grad and recent CSUF grad, is our illustrator.

                                *Carolyn Campbell – Based on my concept, I am serving as the creative director and project manager.

                                  Sub-project Video Team: A video showcasing students dancing with an animated Charlie the Clock - lyrics written and sang by a high school student.

                                    * Stagelight Performing Arts located in the Vons center, Co-owners: Lindsey Russo and Alyssa Gramer to choreograph the video with their dance students.

                                      *Our Town Multimedia Videographers – Co-owners: Robert Lauro and Mark Gentz

                                        *BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Magnum, is our singer/songwriter

                                          *CSUF student Alejandra Mertz is our video animator working under the guidance of her art professor.

                                            Sub-project Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest: Children will give their perspective of Brea’s future.

                                              Brea Old and New networking blog and social media sites is presenting the essay contest, and the Brea Education Foundation Board members is currently judging the essays. Four essays contest winners will be chosen, one per 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Photos/essays will be featured in the book.

                                                Sub-project Panoramic Photo:

                                                  *
                                                  Longtime Brean Greg Voisan of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography to take group photo. All interested public and private school students, grades 3rd-6th, are invited to be in Brea’s first children’s book, and also showcased on CharlietheClock.club, a website devoted to the book which will go live soon. The panoramic photo shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Arovista Park in Brea.

                                                    CharlietheClock.club Website Team:

                                                      Our local high school students along with the help of their instructor, Todd Salesky, are building the book’s website, CharlietheClock.club - which is due to go live this month. As a community-oriented children's book Web page, a bio and a photo of everyone involved in the project will be shown on the site, thanks to the BOHS GITA Club team members assistance as follows:

                                                        *Student: Kyle Tam

                                                          *Student: Zoya Kahn

                                                            *Student: Jennifer Choi

                                                              I greatly appreciate everyone's interest in this once-in-a-lifetime project! And when I say this is a community-oriented project, I don't just mean the people involved in the project. This project has been put together out of love for the community. It's for the young -- and young at heart, as it will interest many people in its whimsical approach to telling the story of Brea's rich history! I need your help in spreading the word!!

                                                                Thank you!

                                                                  Carolyn Campbell

  • Essay youth perspectives on the City of Brea’s future

    5 months ago by

    "Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest!"


      KidsImagineBreaFront

        Calling all Brea school kids in grades, 3rd-6th, we want to hear from you in writing an essay giving your perspective of Brea’s future for “Kids Imagine Brea Essay Contest.”

          •The prize 🔊Four children will be selected with their winning essays and photos to be featured in Brea’s 1st children’s book 📚showcasing Brea’s historic iconic Charlie the Clock and school friends in time travel -- celebrating 100 years in Brea!

            The clock is ticking ⏰ so please don’t delay and submit your essay to the official contest entry website at News@BreaOldandNew.com. Click twice on the flyer to read the details!

              All essays will be forwarded to the Brea Education Foundation members who will be judging the contest. We look forward to receiving your essays and wish you the best of luck!

                Note: A panoramic photo of all children in the grade levels of 3rd-6th will be scheduled soon. The objective is to feature as many kids as possible in this once-in-a-lifetime book.

                  Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

                    Thank you,

                      Carolyn Campbell

  • BOHS GITA Club to build Charlie the Clock centennial children’s website

    6 months ago by

    What did the unwound clock say to its owner? A: It’s about time!


      Update on Brea’s historic iconic Charlie’s Clock aka Charlie the Clock caricicature:

        Today, I met with Mr. Salesky, the creator and sole instructor of BOHS GITA (Global IT Academy), and three of his students, Anjali Patel, Zoya Kahn and Kyle Tam, who are working on building a Charlie the Clock website -- showcasing the city of Brea's first children's book, celebrating its centennial year in 2017.
  • Birch Hills Golf Course Clubhouse now open

    7 months ago by

    Back in 2011, the Birch Hills Golf Course was is major renovations and swathed in green fencing cloth with signs that stated, “Thank you for your patience.”


      Some of us wondered if it would ever be completed, but in May the 18-hole executive course finally reopened, and it is a real beauty. Driving or walking by one always sees many golfers on the lush course with rolling hills and water features.

        While the golf course is first class and popular, it lacked a new clubhouse to replace the old, dinky one that was previously there.

          But that has finally changed.
          The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.

          The view inside the new clubhouse at Birch Hills Golf Course.


            Imperial Golf, operators of the golf course, now have a clubhouse that includes the TreeHouse Restaurant, opened in October, a causal, family-friendly indoor-outdoor dining spot. And it is not just popular with golfers, said Imperial principal, Matt Clabaugh,

              “We get about 50-50 golfers and other folks,” he said, adding that the lunch and after-work crowd continues to grow, especially with people from the nearby office buildings on Birch Street and other locals. The daily happy hour and dinner menu might be attracting some of the after-work crowd. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day until 10 pm.

                But I think it would be difficult to just stop in for a quick bite at noon and go back to work because TreeHouse has huge, east and west facing glass walls that fully open to phenomenal views.

                  Clabaugh said the view at sunset is unbelievable. I’m afraid I’d just want to pull up a chair, maybe by one of the three outdoor fire pits, and just sit back and enjoy the view, which includes Segment 5 of the Tracks at Brea trail that is completed, but yet to open.

                    According to Bill Bowlus, Brea’s public works director, there are just a few items to wrap up, including some type of pass through for bikers and hikers, and then the trail will open. Hooray.

                      The trail meanders through the golf course and includes an interpretive rest stop with a replica of an old Red Car, like the ones that used to be in Brea. Of course, the rest stop is at the clubhouse and restaurant.

                        The restaurant, which Clabaugh described as efficient, casual and contemporary, can accommodate banquets for up to 75 people.

                          “We’ve already had some golf tournament banquets and sports groups award ceremonies in our restaurant,” he said. It could be a good spot for Brea Chamber of Commerce lunches and mixers too.

                            Something I didn’t expect to find at a golf clubhouse-restaurant is weekly live music. Clabaugh said they also plan some star walks and moon walks, once the trail opens. And you thought Birch Hills was just for golf!

                              But the official grand opening will not be until January or February, Clabaugh said. Perhaps they will coordinate it with Brea’s big Centennial Celebration Feb. 17, which begins with a community parade starting from Birch Hills Golf Course to the Sports Park to celebrate Brea’s 100th birthday.

                                Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Brea Centennial Throwback: POW/MIA Captain Stephen Hanson

    8 months ago by

    Actor Patrick Wayne, at lecturn, was master of ceremonies in 1971 for a ceremony at Brea Olinda High School recognizing Vietnam War pilot Steve Hanson, who was missing in action. James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a POW in a cage for the event.

    Actor Patrick Wayne, at lecturn, was master of ceremonies in 1971 for a ceremony at Brea Olinda High School recognizing Vietnam War pilot Steve Hanson, who was missing in action. James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a POW in a cage for the event. Courtesy of Susan Gaede

    Did you wear a POW-MIA bracelet in the ’70s?

      BREA

        I continue my honoring of Brea’s centennial with another look back in the history files. How many people remember wearing a POW-MIA bracelet with the name of Steve Hanson engraved on it? In April 1971, the city adopted Capt. Stephen Hanson, a Marine pilot who had been missing in action in the Southeast Asia for nearly four years.

          Steve was thought to be a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He had been shot down while piloting a helicopter on a rescue mission over Laos on June 1, 1967.

            Many local people wore Steve Hanson POW bracelets. John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Cher and many other celebrities also wore his bracelet.

              The high school held a dedication for Steve and all the television channels covered the event.

                Patrick Wayne was the keynote speaker.

                  Future movie director James Cameron, a Brea resident at the time, painted a picture of a POW in a bamboo cage to display on the podium during the ceremony.

                    Later, the high school conducted a swim-a-thon raising thousands of dollars for a college fund for Steve’s son, Todd. Many Brea residents and seven high schools participated in a walk-a-thon to Knott’s Berry Farm (10.3 miles) organized by Brea Olinda High School students to raise money for a national mailing campaign to North Vietnamese officials.

                      Steve’s wife, Carole Hanson, was grand marshal of the Brea Bonanza Day Parade. The theme was “Let’s Not Forget America.”

                        Steve was later declared killed in action and the bracelets were gathered from all over the United States, melted down by Brea Olinda students and made into wings, which were placed on a commemorative plaque and hung in the high school office.

                          Carole later married a former POW, Jim Hickerson, and they adopted a Korean girl. I am sure many of you remember Todd, who accompanied Carole at all Brea events. He was then 5 years old. He has a family of his own now. Jim and Carole are living in Hawaii and are very happy.

                            Carole is writing a book and Brea will very much be included in it.

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

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