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  • Brea Kids Centennial Children’s Book Photo Shoot

    8 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

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

    9 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.

                                      *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:

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                                                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

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

    2 years ago by

    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • Historic “Charlie the Clock” character debuts at Edwards Theater for “The Face of Brea Contest”

    3 years ago by

    Live, Work, or Play in Brea...It’s Time for YOU to be "The Face of Brea."


      YOUR Chance to Win Great Prizes!

        It’s no mystery that Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) has been fascinated with Brea's icon "Charlie the Clock" from way back, changing our logo over three years ago to reflect Brea’s centennial year -- using Charlie the Clock’s face for inspiration!

          Now is the time for our vision of ‘Charlie the Clock’ to come to life as a beloved character in showcasing our BBON “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest -- celebrating Brea’s 98th birthday on February 23, 2015.

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 as a an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium west 10 as an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!


              Contest details: Starting Friday February 13, in the lobby of Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, you will have the chance to enter the contest by placing your face in “Charlie the Clock” cutout to be “The Face of Brea.”

                All you have to do is take a photo as 'The Face of Brea' and upload it onto Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, where your image will be placed in an FB album for VOTING purposes. Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography will choose 5 winners from the top 15 entries with the most votes/likes. Winners will be announced on BBON Facebook Saturday, February 28. Each winner will win gift cards from local community businesses.

                  Charlie the Clock cutout was so unique that Ric Clough and team at Printing Services LTD paid special attention to every detail in order to create a perfect handmade cutout. It's was a first for the print shop accomplishing an awesome job.

                    5 FAB Prizes for 5 Lucky Winners, valued at $50 each:

                      - $50 Gift Card to Lillie's Q Restaurant

                        - $50 Gift Card to D'Vine: A Mediterranean Experience Restaurant

                          - $25 Gift Card to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse paired/w a $25 Gift Card to Frost My Cake

                            - $25 Two movie passes to Edwards Brea Stadium West or East paired/w a $25 Gift Card to The Butchery Brea

                              -$25 gift certificate to Cedar Creek Inn paired/w a $25 gift basket from Han's Beauty

                                "The Face of Brea" photo contest rules:

                                  1. All ages are eligible to enter the contest. The individual submitting the photo (giving consent) must be 18 years or older and will be considered the contestant eligible to compete for the prize.

                                    2. One photo entry per person.

                                      3. Upload your photo, name, and contact info to Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook page. Your photo will be featured on The Face of Brea Facebook album, where voting will take place.

                                        4. Only one vote/like per person per photo entry. Comments will not count as votes.

                                          5. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.

                                            6. Please note a brief description and title of entry photo.

                                              History of Brea's Charlie the Clock: Brea’s Charlie the Clock or Brea Clock now resides in Brea Downtown at the corner of Birch and Madrona Streets, across the street from Macallan’s Public House.

                                                The clock appeared on Brea Blvd. in 1975 to promote Charlie’s Clock Shop in the former Brea Hotel building.

                                                  For years it was known as “Charlie’s Clock” because it stood outside of the clock shop. When the shop closed, the City of Brea purchased the clock, by then a local and beloved landmark. During the transformation of the Downtown, the clock went into storage and stayed there until recent years when it was very carefully restored with an exact reproduction of the clock’s original clock face. A bit of neon was added so it is more visible at night. The casing around the face and post are all original.

                                                    Of final note: As a long time Brea resident and public relations professional, I commissioned Brea artist Heather Ashlyn Collins to create a cutout of the beloved Brea clock to help remind everyone of Brea’s 100th Anniversary in the Year 2017, and kicking off Brea’s 98th birthday with The Face of Brea Photo Contest! A special thanks to Terri Daxon of Daxon Marketing Communications.

                                                      We can't wait to see your fun photos with our dapper looking gent, Charlie!

                                                        Enthusiastically,

                                                          Carolyn Campbell

  • Brea’s 97th Birthday Selfie Photo Contest Winner Chosen

    4 years ago by

    Befitting for a city turning almost 100 years old, our Brea’s 97th Birthday Selfie Photo Contest was a fun way to showcase our beautiful city on Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook. We had six entries shown on an album on BBON, and each one of them featured a special place near and dear to each contestant. But only one could win.


      As the official judge, Greg Voisan of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography had to make the tough decision.

        We thank the Brea Museum & Heritage Center’s Director Sue Nguyen, Board Member Scott Neal and intern Christopher Turner, Tina Beck, Jimini Ohler, David Derk, Heather McDaniel-Gaytan, and Chris Mynes for sharing their Selfie portrayal of Brea’s notable places.

          Greg’s choice was Chris Mynes's photo of our icon Brea’s Best Burger’s that after many, many, years in business still captures the attention of everyone and not surprisingly as it has been recognized numerous times on OC hot list of Best Burgers. Chris Mynes a longtime Brean, said, “Almost everyone in or from Brea Has a Brea’s Best Story experience – at Brea’s Best Hamburger.” Greg echoed, “There is a special place in my heart for anything to do with Brea’s Best Hamburgers.”

            Chris Mynes's selfie photo of Brea's Best Burgers.


              Grand Prize: Two Tickets to the Curtis Theatre on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to see Yesterday and Today…The Beatles Experience, a new interactive concert like no other, plus dinner for two at The Melting Pot Brea.

                Retail value for theatre tickets: $72.00

                  Dining gift card: $50.00

                    TOTAL grand prize worth: $122.00

  • Grin to Win Brea’s 97th Birthday Selfie Photo Contest

    4 years ago by

    Brea's 97th Birthday Selfie Photo Contest link

    Greg Voisan’s Panoramic Selfie photo is displayed in a playful way in front of the ever so popular Art in Public Places sculpture, “The Orange Grove Fountain,” located in Brea Downtown, designed to represent Brea’s history of Orange Groves with a whimsical touch. Now it’s your turn!


      Smile! It’s time to take a SELFIE pic and not just any digital self-portrait. This one will be for a special occasion, the 97th birthday of Brea on February 23, 2014! Just snap a SELFIE of your favorite PLACE or THING in Brea, and then upload it on Beautiful Brea Old & New and you have successfully entered Brea's 97th Birthday Selfie Photo Contest! Make it fun, something old & something new!

        Grand Prize: Two Tickets to the Curtis Theatre on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to see Yesterday and Today…The Beatles Experience, a new interactive concert like no other - where you can choose your favorite Beatles songs. Plus dinner for two at The Melting Pot Brea.The perfect night out on the town!

          Retail value for theatre tickets: $72.00

            Dinner retail value: $50.00

              For a total grand prize worth: $122.00

                Photo contest details/deadlines:

                  The contest will run on Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook for three weeks starting on Monday, February 3, through Friday, February 21, with the winner being announced on Brea’s 97th birthday, Sunday, February 23.

                    Every Brea 97th Birthday Selfie Photo contestant will be placed in a special album created on BBON Facebook, to better view the contest photos.

                      Photo Contest Judging: There are many ways to judge a photo contest and most of them include a long list of specific criteria. I'm more inclined to make this all about being fun so I will be judging this one based on how a particular photo makes me feel about the subject. Nothing too technical or artistic, just a basic feeling, makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me think, etc.

                        Make sure you have fun doing this and the contest will be a success.

                          Good luck to everyone and thanks for participating.

                            Greg Voisan of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography

                              Photo Contest Rules:

                                1. Must be a fan of Beautiful Brea Old & New to enter photo contest.

                                  2. Entrants Selfie photo must be taken at a place or thing in the city of Brea.

                                    3. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.

                                      
4. Please note a description/title of your entry photo.

                                        5. Any identifiable people in the photo must give their permission to use it for this contest. 


                                          6. Must be 18 years or older to enter contest.

                                            7. One photo entry per person.

                                              8. Open to everyone focusing on 'All Things Brea'
 birthday celebration.

                                                The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook

  • 2013 BBON Kids Halloween Costume Contest Winners

    4 years ago by

    Tomorrow is Halloween! But for fans of Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook, we’ve been celebrating Halloween, virtual style, since October 7, the start of our BBON Kids Halloween Costume Contest!


      Eleven children ages ranging from 16 months to 12 years old entered our contest. There were three age groups: newborn-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Voting began on the 21 and lasted through the 29.

        For nine days family members, friends, and many supporters voted nonstop. In the newborn-4 year old category, it was a very close race. The Afanador sibling contestants clearly had the most votes with Chloe dressed as the adorable Annie and Dylan in regal garb as King George. But in order to be fair, the contest rules stated one winner per household. As a result, following are the three age group winners and the prizes they won – thanks to our community sponsors: Stagelight Performing Arts Studio,Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour ,Color Me Mine Brea, and IKneadLove Bakery, Coffee Shop.

          Newborn-4: The winner is Leeloo Hernandez, the nature Fairy.

            Leeloo age one won her age group, newborn to 4 years.


              Leeloo won:

                •From Stagelight Performing Arts Studio, our top sponsor: One month of unlimited acting, dance, and singing classes and one Stagelight Performing Arts t-shirt.

                  Note: Private lessons are not included, and annual registration must be paid if the winner enrolls in weekly classes beyond the first free month.

                    •Two $25.00 Gift Certificates to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

                      5-8: Chloe Afanador, dressed as Annie, is the winner.

                      Age 5, Chloe won her age group (5-8).


                        Chloe won:

                          •Stagelight Performing Arts Studio, our top sponsor: One month of unlimited acting, dance, and singing classes and one Stagelight Performing Arts t-shirt.

                            Note: Private lessons are not included, and annual registration must be paid if the winner enrolls in weekly classes beyond the first free month.

                              •Color Me Mine Brea $30 gift card

                                9-12: John Derk, who made his Herobrine costume, is the winner.

                                John, 10 years old, won (9-12) age group.


                                  John Won:

                                    •From Stagelight Performing Arts Studio, our top sponsor, one month of unlimited acting, dance, and singing classes and one Stagelight Performing Arts t-shirt.

                                      Note: Private lessons are not included, and annual registration must be paid if the winner enrolls in weekly classes beyond the first free month.

                                        •A $30 Gift Certificate to IKneadLove bakery

                                          Of special notation: The BBON Kids Halloween Costume Contest winners and participants will be featured in the December issue of Inside Brea Magazine with a special keepsake photograph compliments of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

  • Russ Voisan of Brea recovering from life-threatening illness at Kindred Hospital

    4 years ago by

    Russ Voisan, 2005 Brea Olinda High School grad,has meningococcal meningitis and recovering at Kindred Hosptial in Brea.(courtesy Gregg Voisan)


      Brea

        Russ Voisan was admitted to the ER in the Chicago area this past July 30th with meningococcal meningitis. Russ’s parents Ronna and Greg watched their beautiful 26 year old son fight for his life for several weeks. Russ was flown this past week on an air ambulance and admitted to Kindred Hospital in Brea for many months of rehab. His first request on arriving home was a burger from Brea's Best!

          This bacterial form of meningitis is extremely rare and he is one of a few to survive. He will have medical issues and surgeries for quite some time but he is in good spirits and happy to be alive.

            The Brea community has shown they care about one of their own who grew up here. The medical bills will be be astronomical. People can send contributions to Russ care of Greg Voisan 315 N. Associated Rd #905, Brea, Ca 92821. They also have a Facebook page with access to a Paypal account at: Russell Voisan Medical Relief Fund. It's a long haul and Russ is giving it his all. He is facing many more surgeries and months of rehab. I am sure prayers, calls, visits, and cards would be appreciated.Kindred Hospital-875 N. Brea Blvd, Brea, Ca 92821 ..Room 507B.

              Russ was a Graphic designer in Chicago before he got this dreadful disease. He plans to return when he recovers.

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

  • Brea resident Russ Voisan needs help to overcome Meningococcal Meningitis

    4 years ago by

    Russell Voisan Medical Relief Fund


      Russ Voisan


        Our son, brother, cousin, and friend, Russell, was recently diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis, the most severe bacterial strain of this disease, and has been in the ICU in a Chicago hospital with several complications and side effects since July 30.

          After moving to Chicago from California in January of 2013, Russ had just found a job in graphic design after a full 7 months of searching. Two weeks into his new position, Russ fell violently ill and was admitted to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago. He was diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis and is still in critical condition in the ICU with ongoing complications and side effects affecting his recovery. This disease has taken a severe toll on his body that will require many months of extensive rehab. Russ’ road to recovery will be very expensive with his first need being to come home by medical flight to be treated in a hospital close to his family in Brea, California.

            Every contribution will make a difference in Russ’ life! Money raised from this fundraiser will be used strictly for Russ' medical needs and affiliated expenses. Your support will help Russ and his family overcome the physical, emotional, and financial challenges ahead.

              We will greatly appreciate any and all support for Russ' recovery. Please help us bring Russell home!

                Thank you.

                  The Voisan family

                    *Many of you may know Greg and Ronna Voisan as as they are long-time residents of Brea.

                      *To help Russ in his recovery, using a paypal secure site, please donate to the Russell Voisan Medical Relief Fund. Your help will be very much appreciated.

                        *On Russ' behalf, a Facebook page named Russell Voisan Medical Relief has been created. Please like it and share it with your friends to show your support to Russell and his family.

  • BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest Winner

    5 years ago by

    We have a winner of our BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest!  By popular vote, the photo titled “4th of July Fun” was one of three final contestants and was declared the winner today by Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography based on our criteria: Something that depicts life in Brea. Something that is identifiable as being Brea. An artistic photograph inspired by living in the city of Brea.

     

    In the words of Greg Voisan: I feel this image captures the contest of "All Things Brea" the best and depicts a day when Breans of all ages come out to celebrate our community. On the technical side of things, I like how the image was framed with the main subject on the side which makes it interesting as well as draws you eye to see what is in the background. Great shot and congratulations.

     

    The photo was submitted by Christina Eisenmann Gerberding. Her description: We had a great time at the 4th Of July Country Fair, at the Brea City Hall Park. This is a picture of my daughter Katie playing aBBON 'All Things Brea' Amateur Photo Contest winning photo title: "4th of July Fun” t the playground, I love her smile and she looks so cute in her 4th of July Dress : )

     

    We thank everyone for participating. A special thanks to our judge, Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography, www.gvpano.com and Ana Ceja Realtor,www.anaceja.com, for providing the cash prize of $100.00.

     

    Congratulations Christina and Katie!

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