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By Jim de Boom | August 5, 2013
During a hot July in Rancho Mirage, Barbara and I took long weekends in Orange County and enjoyed the sun on the beach at the Balboa Bay Club daily. The new club ownership has made some noticeable, positive changes, including eliminating the "guard gate" at the Pacific Coast Highway entrance, remodeling and expanding the Members Grill and eliminating the monthly Resort Fitness Center fee. The new chef at the Members Grill is Grant Lawson, who has developed a new menu, and now members can have their own wine locker.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Lauren Williams | July 3, 2013
An explosion on Balboa Island at the former home of deceased "The Beverly Hillbillies" actor Buddy Ebsen caused a fire about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Newport Beach fire official said. A small boat's portable gas tank in the home's basement leaked fuel vapors that ignited on a nearby pilot light for a water heater, Newport Beach Fire Department spokesman Glenn White said. "This caused an explosion that ripped the lock off of the basement double doors and blew the doors open," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bruce Cook | June 13, 2013
The residents of Newport-Mesa take great pride in many aspects of life in their community. Perhaps most important of all are the strong family values reflected in the vitality of the public school system and the close relationship between parents, teachers, administrators and the students. June is a very special month as children who have come up the ranks from preschool to middle school to high school graduation share in important life-altering moments that to some degree will determine their destiny and future path.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | December 27, 2012
The 2012 Christmas Carol Ball benefiting Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian was exceptionally festive this season. The event has always had a warm, community-based feeling as citizen donors come together with hospital staff, nurses and physicians for a collective year-end hug. After all, what is more vital to any community than health? Chaired by Terry and Bob Callahan , the evening at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort also marked the Callahans' 20th anniversary of their first date, which coincidentally also took place at the Christmas Carol Ball in 1992.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | December 20, 2012
More than 100 women dressed in their finest holiday attire came together in the Grand Ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort for a Christmas luncheon benefiting the 1221 Club student scholarship fund sponsored by the Balboa Bay Club. Carole Pickup , the matriarch of the Pickup family, who are the new owners of the Coast Highway landmark, hosted the event created around a fashion show that was all about color and style for the season. Carole was joined by her daughter, Devon Martin, and son-in-law Kevin Martin , along with daughter-in-law Natalie Pickup and son Todd Pickup , greeting the upbeat crowd that has over the past 15 years raised and donated in excess of a half-million dollars in student grants for Newport-Mesa high school seniors headed for advanced studies in universities all across America.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 19, 2012
Protest the protest. That's been the rallying motto as of late for the organizers of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade amid an organized effort to boycott the 104-year-old tradition. And, by most accounts, it's working. More than 90 boats have signed up this year to make the nearly 14-mile run through Newport Harbor. The Balboa Bay Club and Resort was brimming with activity during the parade's opening night Wednesday, and according to one official's estimate, a "jillion" homeowners will decorate their abodes with lights.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 12, 2012
The year was 1975. Mary Tyler Moore was starring in one of America's most watched situation comedies. After a year of knocking on doors in Hollywood and trying to land any kind of job, I was hired at CBS-Television City and sent into a windowless basement office. It had concrete walls and metal shelves overflowing with letters from fans requesting tickets to be in the studio audience to attend a filming of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " It was my first job in television, and it paid the princely after-tax sum of $80 per week.
NEWS
September 5, 2012
Louis E. Libbey passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness.  He was 88 years young. A 3rd generation Californian, Lou was born in Santa Maria and grew up Newport Beach where he spent most of his life.   He was proud to be an Eagle Scout.  After playing championship tennis at USC he joined the Naval ROTC Program.  He served in the Pacific Theatre in WW II and stayed in the Naval Reserve for 20 years.  After the war he returned to...
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 11, 2012
The changing of the guard at The Balboa Bay Club and Resort officially took place last week. The new owners of the legendary coastal hotel and club introduced themselves to the community, welcoming some 700 guests to a cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom. Producers of the event set up a raised stage and seated the executive team, led by the controlling interest of Richard H. Pickup joined by son Todd Pickup , son-in-law Kevin Martin , business partner Tim Busch and hotel executive Steve Arnold . Following a brief introduction by John Wortmann , chairman of the club's board of governors, the gentlemen fielded questions taken from the audience in advance concerning the future of the institution that will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2013 as Newport Beach's "Host of the Coast.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | June 19, 2012
It was a good week in Newport Beach! I spent a lot of time in Newport, and it was most enjoyable. On June 13, there was an Interfaith Council Board meeting, followed by a meeting of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa where Laird Hayes, an NFL line referee, was the speaker. I invited a former neighbor, Hank Weber of Newport Beach, to join me to hear Hayes. We were joined at the Rotary meeting by Mr. Irrelevant Week founder Paul Salata and former Newport Beach City manager Homer Bludau.
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