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  • Roy Moore, politician of and for all the people, passed

    3 years ago by

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      Roy Moore’s funeral was packed and full of love on Saturday.

        Longtime Brea leader Roy Moore was known for having a silly side. His recent funeral was well-attended.

        Longtime Brea leader Roy Moore was known for having a silly side. His recent funeral was well-attended.


          It was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Brea where he was a founding member and had created a sculpture of Jesus in the atrium. There was quite a diversity of people in attendance. Speakers included Mayor Marty Simonoff, Roy’s brother, Carl Moore, and Roy’s son, Jeff Moore.

            Simonoff served with Roy on the City Council for 16 years. He said of his colleague: “First, he loved God and country; his family and friends, and then he loved Brea. He thought long and hard about each decision —often agonizing and losing sleep over a complex issue —all because he loved Brea. He would often conduct his own polling on issues. Polling he would admit was not scientific, but Roy wanted to hear from the community.

              “He made a point in walking the city during campaigns, which he estimates to be about 300 miles of walking and talking,” Simonoff said. “Roy wrote his own newsletter addressing city topics. During his tenure, he wrote more than 700 issues. Roy always made sure he kept seniors in the loop, as well—meeting at the Senior Center to talk with them every month for the last 15 years. If communication was at the top of Roy’s priority list, then certainly saving a penny was right up there with it. He is proud to be known as a financial conservative.”

                His son, Jeff, said, “Dad loved this city. When he realized he needed to move to hospice care, it had to be in his beloved Brea.”

                  Roy had a serious side and a fun side. We will never forget when he dressed like a women complete with heels for a leukemia fundraiser and called himself “Rowena.” He slipped to his car when the event was over and found himself surrounded by 10 whistling Brea policemen.

                    Roy was the only councilman to vote for parking in the Brea Downtown 16 years ago. Developer Dwight Manley said it is too bad he won’t see its fruition.

                      We will miss “Abe Lincoln “coming at our door at election time. Roy truly made a difference. He loved Brea and Brea loved him.

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  • Brea Olinda Class of 1985 30-year reunion

    3 years ago by

    The Brea Olinda High School Class of 1985 reunion committee: Vanessa (Arevalo) Mathison, Diane (Riscol) Reafsnyder, Greg Dixon, Valerie Napoli, Jeff Blakenship, Carol Buck.

    The Brea Olinda High School Class of 1985 reunion committee: Vanessa (Arevalo) Mathison, Diane (Riscol) Reafsnyder, Greg Dixon, Valerie Napoli, Jeff Blakenship, Carol Buck. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


      Brea Olinda High School’s Class of 1985 gathered August 1 for a reunion

        “It was so exciting to have the event at the Community Center because there was an old-school feel about it,” said Valerie Napoli, a member of the organizing committee.

          Classmates gathered from all over the country to celebrate their 30 years out of high school. Some traveled quite a distance to attend, such as Patti (Costello) Bauer, Boston; Ellen (Shin) Blau, New York City; Matt Englen, Washington, DC., Darla (Miller) Giambattista, Omaha; Matt Thatcher, Bend, Ore.; Jeff Blankenship and Dale Klevan, Las Vegas; Ann Kramer, Seattle; Kathy (Bakke) Velotta, David George and Stacy (Reno) Hill, Arizona; Karen Gramberg, Heidi (Johnson) Funseth, Tony Barcelo and Chris Malloy, from parts of Northern California.

            Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevelo Mathison at the Brea Olinda High Class of 1985 reunion.

            Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevelo Mathison at the Brea Olinda High Class of 1985 reunion. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

            Cameron Mathison, a former soap opera star now with “Entertainment Tonight,” was in attendance. His wife, Vanessa Arevelo Mathison, formerly an international model, was on the reunion committee.

              Cameron told me the committee had worked for more than a year on the event, and he was very very impressed with the job they did. He also mentioned how much he liked Brea. He had taken their kids to the art gallery and civic center during the day. Cameron said he was sorry he had to leave early to catch a flight for an important interview with Meryl Streep.

                Left to right Ladycats: Rami Burkhardt Paye, Jodi Klebler Brashoff, Rebecca Nelson, Marcy Munroe Musselman, Sharon Vam Cort Rath, and Pam Chiotti Rha (courtesy Susan Gaede)

                Left to right Ladycats: Rami Burkhardt Paye, Jodi Klebler Brashoff, Rebecca Nelson, Marcy Munroe Musselman, Sharon Vam Cort Rath, and Pam Chiotti Rha


                  It was fun seeing the 1985 Ladycats again. Good friends Lisa White Phillips and Kristin Clizbe were so glad to see each other they just kept crying and hugging,

                    Classmates who have since married include Nancy (Strickland) Szydloski and Brett Szydloski (Class of 83) who have been married 29 years; Gina (Galaviz) Rangel and Rudy Rangel, who have been married for 27 years; and Dave Fox and Rhonda (Scott) Fox, who have been married for 26 years. By the way, the Scotts have six kids, three biological and three adopted from Ethiopia. So, they won the prize for most kids.

                      Stacy (Reno) Hill has been married to Rob Hill (Class of 83) for 25 years.

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

  • Disneyland turns 60; Breans connected to The Happiest Place on Earth

    3 years ago by

    Disneyland celebrated its anniversary of 60 years on June 17, 2015. Many Breans have a connection to Disneyland including:


      DeAnn Spicer Todd as Disney's Cinderella.

      DeAnn Spicer Todd, 1979 BOHS grad played Disney princesses among other roles at Disneyland. (courtesy DeAnn Spicer Todd)


        • DeAnn Spicer Todd, a 1979 Brea Olinda High grad, who was also Snow White at Disneyland. The former Miss Brea was also in the Main Street Electrical Parade, cast as Alice in Wonderland and danced in the Golden Horseshoe Review. DeAnne went to Japan when Larry Billman of Brea, former director of entertainment, Walt Disney Attractions, Japan, worked at the park there. She was a dancer in one of the Japanese park’s shows.

          • Mike Davis was a Brea resident when he served as vice president of Disneyland Resorts Entertainment. He is now senior vice president/executive producer at Universal Studios, Japan.

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)


              • Sachiko White, also a BOHS grad, was a 2013-14 Disneyland Resort ambassador. She also married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. They both still work in Disneyland in the Imagineering department.

                • Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and works as a tour guide.

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (Courtesy cast member)

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (courtesy cast member)


                    • Stacia Martin has been working in Disneyland for 37 years. She is a Disneyland historian and artist. Stacy travels all over the world speaking about Disneyland and is great at drawing all the characters. When Stacy was in third grade at Mariposa Elementary School, at career day she put down “work at Disneyland.”

                      • Howard Bryden, former Mariposa principal, now deceased, was a train conductor for many summers He had said he couldn’t get over that Disneyland had a jar of live leeches used in a science demonstration.

                        • Bessie Eberhardt was cast as Pluto and Julie LeNeve is a former Minnie Mouse.

                          • Rex Gaede was in attendance at the opening day of Disneyland 60 years ago.

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

  • Brea’s Country Fair Lions’ Share of Fun

    3 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

  • BOUSD Superintendent Skip Roland rides off to a new adventure

    3 years ago by

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      Retiring BOUSD Superintendent Dr. Skip Roland and his wife Sharon were presented with beach cruisers to mark his 39 years as an educator.  (courtesy Katelyn Roland)

      Retiring BOUSD Superintendent Dr. Skip Roland and his wife Sharon were presented with beach cruisers to mark his 39 years as an educator.
      (courtesy Katelyn Roland)


        The 39-year education career of retiring Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Roland was celebrated recently at a dinner at Embassy Suites. Speakers included Tim Harvey, a lifelong friend and former Brea-Olinda Unified superintendent; Carol Chrisman, Brea Canyon High School principal; Denis Bilodeau from the office of Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson; Joe Bartell, Brea-Olinda Teachers Association president; Lisa Santos, Brea-Olinda Unified California School Employees Association president; Joe Rollino, school board member; Jerry Halpin, Brea Olinda High School principal; Ralph Jameson, lifelong friend and professional colleague.

          Anne Flesher, assistant superintendent of personnel and educational services, wrote and read a clever poem “Ode to Arthur Jerome, aka “Skip,” noting Skip was a kindergartener at Laurel School.

            What does Skip plan to do after leaving the district? He said he is going to continue teaching at Brandman University, continue his partnership with EdLeader 21, a national network of school and district leaders, and will study school systems in Sweden and Finland, golf and travel. He’ll be riding his gift of a new cruise beach bike with his wife, Sharon.

              Skip is truly tops and will be missed. He was a very popular superintendent.

                New superintendent Brad Mason begins July 1. We hear he is fabulous.

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  • Susan Gaede aka Newsy Suzie, an identical twin, talks to Brea Jr. High’s multiples

    4 years ago by

    Would you believe the Brea Junior High has 14 sets of twins and a set of triplets?


      I am an identical twin (Sue and Lou), so it was fun interviewing these students. Ironically, I interviewed 12 sets of twins in 1979 at the Brea Junior High.
      1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

      1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

      Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

      Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

      I met the current students in the school office and I kept hearing the twins comment to each other “I didn’t know you were a twin.” The students are: Gagleen and Loveen Bajwa, Dakota and Dillion Ford, Faith, Grace and Hope Geraldiez, Justin and Zachary Glomboske, Catherine and Christina Grattan, Alessandra and Gianna Horvath, Annika and Leah Johnson, Jessica and Jonathan Kim, Joshua and Katelyn Kim, Garrett and Thomas Long, Karen and Sophia Madamba, Eleanor and Sally Min, Emily and Meghan Patrick, Cassidy and Caylle Phillips, and Dylan and Evan Vo.

        Asked if their handwriting was alike, all twins and triplets answered “No.” Did they like doing things together? About half of the group did. Most of them enjoyed being a twin, but eight sets said they did not.

          None of them ever switched classes. Several were on crutches, but none of them ever felt each other’s pain. Half of the group could read each other minds, and liked same thing. Most of them said they did not like to dress alike. Only one set of twins out of the group were dressed alike.

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

              Since I've known Sue Gaede her fascination about twins (being an identical twin) is evident. Her stories about she and her identical twin never get old. As children (Sue and Lou) were a tad mischievous and certainty assertive, and yes I agree with Sue, two of them in one city would have been too much. Forty-five years reporting Orange County news and still going strong! Carolyn Campbell

                Susan Gaede:

                  Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and daughter Patty only-child.

                  Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and only-child Patty.


                    My mom strived to make my twin and I individuals. She even had sweaters that said Sue and Lou made.

                      We had a lot of fun being a doubleton. I dominated because my mom said I was 5 minutes older. After my mom’s death we found our birth certificates and Lou was 5 minutes older. Lou was pretty unhappy about the discovery that would have changed our lives.

                        I took advantage of being a twin. I hated my senior photo so I used hers in the yearbook. Everybody said we really looked alike in the yearbook, but they knew the difference.

                          We both had columns in local papers and I still do. Hers was in the Saratoga paper. She didn’t have a column as long as I did because she liked to write about celebrities and the paper wanted her to write about local weddings, etc.

                            Speaking of celebrities, Lou attended the Oscars for many years. We sneaked into the governor's ball and had a ball. We have both always been interested in famous people. I have a famous people wall and she has a photo and interviewed zillions of famous people.

                              We both taught fourth grade at different schools that were hundreds of miles apart. I don’t think one town could handle both of us.

                                In college we had to take a routine required test with no credit to graduate in reading. I passed with flying colors, but Lou didn’t. She talked me into taking it. I did and failed it. That’s another twin story because we got caught....

  • 1985 BOHS grad Vanessa Arevalo Mathison and husband, actor Cameron Mathison, to attend class reunion

    4 years ago by

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      Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, a 1985 Brea Olinda High grad, and Cameron Mathison, former All My Children star, will be in attendance at the high school class's upcoming reunion.

      Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, a 1985 Brea Olinda High grad, and Cameron Mathison, former All My Children star, will be in attendance at the high school class's upcoming reunion.


        Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, a 1985 Brea Olinda High School grad, has modeled for 18 years around the world. You may have heard of her husband, Cameron Mathison, who was cast as Ryan Lavery on the soap “All My Children,” was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, has been a correspondent for Good Morning America, continues to act in the Hallmark Channel series, and host of a web show called “Game of Homes.”

          Last month it was announced Cameron has now joined the team of the television show "Entertainment Tonight" as their new full-time correspondent and weekend co-anchor. Entertainment Tonight is the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world.

            The couple enjoy spending time with their two children, photography, volunteering at their kids school and their meditation center, movie nights and other fun stuff, according to Vanessa.

              Cameron and Vanessa are looking forward to the 1985’s 30th Brea Olinda High School reunion. Vanessa is on the reunion committee along with Greg Dixon, Jeff Blankenship, Valerie Napoli, Carol Buck, and Diane (Riscol) Reafsnyder.

                The reunion is on 8/1/15 from 7:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m at the Brea Community Center. The tickets are on pre-sale right now for $50.00 each, all inclusive (all you can eat and drink, etc). Information:BOHS85reunion.com.

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

  • Play ‘The Not So Newly Wed Game’ with host Bob Eubanks at Brea SummerFest

    4 years ago by

    Legendary host Bob Eubanks , one of televisions most popular game shows host,  will be at Brea SummerFest at St. Angela Merici School to play "The Not So Newlywed Game" on May 31st at 8:00 p.m.. (Courtesy  John McEntee TEI Entertainment)

    Legendary game show host Bob Eubanks will be at Brea SummerFest at St. Angela Merici School to host "The Not So Newly Wed Game" on May 31st at 8:00 p.m.. (Courtesy John McEntee TEI Entertainment)


      Brea

        Want to win $100,000? "The Newlywed Game" was one of television’s most popular game shows. Legendary host Bob Eubanks will be at Brea Summerfest to play "The Not So Newly Wed Game." It doesn’t matter how long you have been married, and everyone will have an equal chance to be a contestant. Bob will be selecting people from the audience. There are great prizes, and someone will have a chance to win $100,000. It’s not The Newlywed Game, it’s "The Not So Newly Wed Game" and it’s a lot of fun. The game begins at 8:00 p.m. May 31st, the third night of the festival, which also includes activities for free. The annual event is a fundraiser for St. Angela Merici Parish School.

          For further information on this and the entire SummerFest Entertainment Schedule of Events, please click on their website at summerfestbrea.org

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

  • Two scouts receive highest rank: Eagle Scout and Gold Award

    4 years ago by

    Brea scouts honors:


      Councilwoman Christine Marick presented a city of Brea Commendation to Brea resident, Adam Parker Pacheco, for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout through Boy Scout Troop 811. (Courtesy Andre Pacheco)

      Councilwoman Christine Marick presented a city of Brea Commendation to Brea resident, Adam Parker Pacheco, for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout through Boy Scout Troop 811. (Courtesy Andre Pacheco)


        Adam Parker Pacheco has earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

          Adam completed his Eagle Scout service project at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Yorba Linda raising nearly $1,000 for the refurbishing of the church’s garden. Eight fellow Scouts in troop 811, which he managed throughout the project, assisted Adam in completing the work. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

            Deval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. She worked her entire summer to enrich a program for children with autism.

              Deval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts this past October. (Courtesy Bhavisha Patel)

              Deval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts this past October. (Courtesy Bhavisha Patel)

              She made skits and videos to assist the children to learn how to make and keep friends. She involved many other teens in the process. Her team also learned how to better interact with children with disabilities. It was a learning situation for both groups, and the program will continue in the future.

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

  • 1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton builds heirloom home for his family

    4 years ago by

    1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton, with his grandfather, considers beach house he built on Whidbey Island as a legacy for his family. (Courtesy Sandi Crawford)

    1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton, with his grandfather, considers beach house he built on Whidbey Island as a legacy for his family. (Courtesy Sandi Crawford)

    I enjoyed talking to ’82 Brea Olinda High School grad Mike Hilton who was featured in the March 18 edition of Wall Street Journal. Mike sold his Concur software company for $8.3 billion dollars. He could not have been more down to earth.

      Mike and his wife, Liz, built a $10 million-plus beach house on Washington state’s Whidbey Island, where his family has deep roots. The project took two years. It is only an hour and twenty minutes from his home. His teenage children love going there and so does his sister, Sandi (84 BOHS grad) and mom, Sandra. Both still live Brea. His girls got to design their own rooms. Click the link to see Mike Hilton's house, as featured in the Wall Street Journal. The house was built as a legacy for the family.

        The entrepreneur played varsity football at BOHS on a team that won Orange League. His father Stan worked for an asphalt paving company in Brea and his mom, Sandra, was a Special Ed teacher at Olinda, Laurel and Country Hills elementary schools and taught for many years.

          Mike said he frequently visits Brea. He mentioned his wonderful Brea friends. Asked about future plans after leaving his company, Mike said he is enjoying life right now with his family. One daughter is still home and one is in college. He said future plans may include starting another company and hiring former employees.

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

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