BRENTWOOD -- With so many multigenerational families calling Brentwood home, it is hard to believe that a newcomer created a popular Facebook page titled "I Love Brentwood."
It has only been two months since Charan Dhaliwal, 18, moved to Brentwood from India. Instantly fascinated by the small town charm and rich history of Brentwood, Dhaliwal decided to create a Facebook page as a community forum for residents featuring submitted photographs, historic stories, city updates, local landmarks and new business openings.
"One day, an idea came into my mind to make a page related to Brentwood so that people can unite on one place and share their stuff with each other," he said. "I want everyone to join my page so that they can come together in their busy lives." Since Brentwood is so different from India, Dhaliwal wanted to highlight its unique environment, places and people.
So far, he has attracted more than 1,860 likes to his Facebook page.
"I like Facebook as it's a place where people can unite together," said the Independence High School student. "As you know, these days everybody is so busy working. They hardly get time to see what is going on in their friend's lives. Facebook is the place where people can unite and be together in their busy schedules." His dad introduced him to the history of Brentwood before he even moved there. Dhaliwal's dad owns three Subway locations in the city.
Dhaliwal posts pictures on the I Love Brentwood page that he thinks other Facebook users would also like. For instance, there are scenic landscape photos of the old, patriotic barn on Vasco Road and historic photos from Liberty High School.
"People love my page. They share their stuff by messaging me," he said.
After obtaining his GED, Dhaliwal wants to pursue a career in software engineering.
He is fascinated by social media because of its worldwide appeal and how it connects people globally. The page is a family affair since Dhaliwal convinced his 17-year-old brother, Rachen Dhaliwal, to help him out by sharing it often and inviting his social media friends to follow it. The page is also popular among Antioch, Oakley and Discovery Bay residents who are fond of Brentwood.
As the owner of New2You Label Xchange in Brentwood, Hilary Dittmore is a fan of the page. She said the posts are interesting to area residents.
"He did a great job with it. People love Brentwood, and we like where we live," she said. "We are all attached to our phones and social media."
Contact Paula King at 925-779-7174.