Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

Yet another year-end Newsy Suzie review in Brea

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Ramona and Bob Farrell, 84, who started the original Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, stopped by the Brea restaurant in March. Bob was honored with a plaque from the city, which was placed by the front door. Farrell’s is now open for breakfast (photo courtesy Susan Gaede)

What a year 2012 has been.

    Here is a look back at Brea highlights from my column:

      BIZ NEWS Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor opened with a bang in the Brea Downtown. Later Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches opened across the street. Both restaurants drew long lines.

        •Denny's, located in Brea on Imperial Highway for 40-plus years, was torn down and replaced by Jared Jewelry store.

          •La Vie En Rose was also torn down and Lazy Dog Café was opened in the spot 120 days later.

            •Daughter and mom team Melissa and Susan Meier opened a mobile grooming spa service, Bubbly Pup Luxury Grooming.

              Peter Serantoni and Don Meyers, owner of Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen at 110 E. Birch St., also opened Bruno's Trattoria next door.

                RAY-LITE Industries has emerged as a leading source of wholesale lighting, located at 1300 Pioneer St. in Brea.

                  •D'Vine - A Mediterranean Experience is a new restaurant that opened Aug. 1 in the Brea Marketplace at 955 East Birch St.

                    PEOPLE Metallica lead guitarist and vocalist and 1981 Brea Olinda High grad James Hetfield returned to Brea to celebrate his half brother David Hale's birthday. He jammed at Virtuo Music Studio in Brea with Gary Hampson and Ed Soto.

                      John Denis, 1979 BOHS grad, is executive producer for Pixomondo, which won and Oscar for best visual effects for "HUGO".

                        Evan Moore, also a Brea Olinda grad, is now playing professional football for the Seattle Seahawks.

                          •St. Angela Merici's annual Summerfest drew 20,000 people again this year. Entertainment included MC Hammer and Creedance Clearwater Revival.

                            •Former Brea resident James Cameron made it safely to the bottom of the ocean.

                              Ryan Hagan is playing college football for the Oregon Ducks and his Brea childhood friend, Michael Frisina, is playing for the Boise State Broncos.

                                Kendall Rodriguez, 2009 Brea Olinda grad and a senior at the University of Pacific, has been named the pre-season BigWest Player of the Year, as well as a First Team All-Conference Pick for women's basketball.

                                  Del Crandall was named to the Braves Hall of Fame.

                                    Lucia Gambina Saitta, who has multiple sclerosis, competed in a two-day, 100 mile race and was honored with an award for most inspirational.

                                      Matt McBride drove the Toyota Tundra used to pull the space shuttle Endeavor across a bridge spanning the 405 Freeway on its way to its final exhibit space.

                                        Jean Chow was the $250 winner of the Brea Chamber of Commerce Salute to Education poster contest.

                                          •Brea Olinda High School cheerleaders took first place in the 2012 USA Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center. They now have won three USA Nationals Championships.

                                            Gayle Chiotti retired after 34 years at St. Angela Merici Parish School and the school gym was dedicated to her.

                                              •City of Brea Tiny Tot teacher Irene Guitron for more than 22 years retired from teaching.

                                                Dr. Helene Cunningham, Mariposa Elementary principal, won second place for the National Distinguished Principal of California.

                                                  •Ladycat Keltra Wallace led the team to the CIF Division All-CIF Regional semi-finals. She was Century League MVP.

                                                    •Local designer and avid cyclist Mike Monroe won the "Tour de California" design contest.

                                                      •Brea Lion Dave Coleman was awarded the Melvin Jones Award and Ron Taylor was awarded Lion of the Year. Brea Lion and District Gov. P.J. Smith was recently awarded with another Melvin Jones Award.

                                                        Jeff Weber was named teacher of the year and Brea Chamber Citizen of the Year and was awarded the Kiwanis Service Award.

                                                          Alan Nakamura was named Kiwanis Club of Brea's Citizen of the Year.

                                                            There was so much more that happened over the last year than could fit here ... now what's going to happen in 2013?    
Author :

"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded freelance consultant. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting and promoting the city of Brea and its historic iconic Charlie's Clock turned "Charlie the Clock cartoon character!" Click on the front page illustration to read about the beloved time traveling talking clock!!

  • Carolyn Campbell

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