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August 8, 2013
The 19th annual Gentlemen's Smoker and Lobster Clambake welcomed 150 handsome men in blue blazers and khaki trousers for a summer beach event beyond compare. It was the major men's fundraiser for the Balboa Bay Club's annual 1221 Scholarship Fund benefiting students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The 1221 fund, established some 15 years ago, grants annual scholarships exceeding $100,000 to help high-performing local students meet their college financial needs. The Smoker, considered one of the last bastions of the male-dominated social gatherings, was originally the brainchild of hotelier Henry Schielein , now in retirement after serving the Balboa Bay Club for nearly two decades.
December 21, 2006
I am a member of the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club, and I cannot understand why the City Council has not considered the two buildings in front of the racquet club. They're vacant, they're owned by the Irvine Co. — why couldn't they claim eminent domain for those? It's got perfect parking, they're not that old, they could be reconfigured, it would cost a lot less money, and they're centrally located. I do not understand why they don't pursue that. JOAN SAMMIS Newport Beach We vehemently oppose any thought of placing a new city hall at the tennis club.
By Mona Shadia | June 1, 2012
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Newport Beach on Friday as part of a fundraising tour throughout California. The private event at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, with an entrance fee starting at $1,000, was met outside the club's West Coast Highway confines by both supporters and dissenters of the former Massachusetts governor's candidacy. In spite of Newport's status as a conservative stronghold in the county, the five or so Romney supporters were the minority of the demonstrators present Friday.
July 26, 2002
Beverly Ray Having read yet another misleading letter to the editor, irresponsibly printed, despite the editor's knowledge of the true facts of the matter, I find it impossible to hold my silence any longer. The Balboa Bay Club has never played any role in water pollution, and it is most unfair for the Daily Pilot to continue spreading misinformation that the Balboa Bay Club has done so. Any right-thinking person realizes that it would be completely ridiculous for a company operating on the bay to do anything to spoil the water there.
June 17, 2004
Alicia Robinson Maybe it's the cookies that guests find on their pillows. Just a year after opening to the public, the Balboa Bay Club and Resort is being honored with one of the travel industry's top awards for its hospitality. Balboa Bay Club President Henry Schielein, who has been with the club for 10 years, will accept the International Star Diamond Award today from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Academy President Joseph Cinque is flying in from New York City to present the award at the Balboa Bay Club.
October 20, 2008
Part of Newport Harbor between the Balboa Bay Club and Arbor Drive will remain closed until at least this afternoon, after county health officials said bacteria samples taken over the weekend showed that the water was unsafe. The Orange County Health Care Agency shut down a part of the Lido Channel between the Balboa Bay Club’s “B” dock and Arbor Drive in Newport Bay after reporting Friday that a 250-gallon sewage spill had contaminated the water. The sewage was going through pipes from a home to the pipes under Pacific Coast Highway when a pump failed and caused the sewage to gush out of a manhole near the Balboa Bay Club and into the water, officials said.
January 22, 2004
Planning Commission meeting canceled Today's meeting of the Newport Beach Planning Commission has been canceled because of lack of business. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5. For agendas, meeting time and location, visit the city's website at or call (949) 644-3200. Bill Blass open house rescheduled for Friday A debut showing of the Bill Blass New York collection planned for Tuesday at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort was rescheduled for Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. The event was changed to accommodate a personal appearance by Bill Blass designer Jose Solis, Balboa Bay Club spokeswoman Maggie Feldman said.
February 3, 2005
B.W. COOK It is February, but there's still time for Christmas. The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce gathered last week to celebrate the 96th annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. More than 400 guests converged at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach to toast the "best of the best" in the recent holiday parade on the water of the Newport Channel, and to bestow the "Ring of Lights" awards on residential and commercial decorators.
February 16, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The last of four lawsuits over a botched deal to purchase the Balboa Bay Club has been settled, ending a pitched battle between a longtime member of the exclusive club and its owner. After two days in the courtroom trial over the aborted $73.5-million transaction, former Orange County Chief Executive William Popejoy and Bay Club owner Beverly Ray reached a settlement that brought the trial to an early close. "All matters in the dispute have been settled," Ron Rus, attorney for Popejoy, said in a prepared statement.
June 30, 2002
How can the Santa Ana Regional Water Control Board sleep at night if they are content to fine a prosperous organization such as the Balboa Bay Club because of serious and repetitive violations, without issuing a cease-and-desist order ("Water quality board fines Balboa Bay Club," April 30). These fines seem to be but a slap on the wrist to the Balboa Bay Club, which has graciously accepted the fine with a thank you, and continued its obnoxious violations for over a 12-month span.
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