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December 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Business partners Derek Gard and Mike Van Der Weerd enjoy a cigar now and then, but antismoking laws mean they usually have to go outdoors to smoke. Not anymore. Welcome to Havanitas, Costa Mesa's only cigar lounge, where patrons can play a game of pool or cards, drink a cocktail or watch sports on a big screen TV, all with cigars dangling from their mouths. "Mike and I were watching a football game one Sunday last winter, and [if]
NEWS
June 8, 2002
A few weeks ago, Cay and I received some very good news that had been years in the making. We had a series of small celebrations, one of which included a fine cigar that I smoked in our backyard. This was the first cigar I'd had since February, when we were on a long weekend in Monterey. There, I smoked my cigar on an oceanfront balcony overlooking Monterey Bay while Cay and the kids hunted for crabs on the rocks below. I had purchased the cigar the night before, while our family was strolling down the streets of Monterey's shopping district.
NEWS
March 28, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- As the nation mourns the loss of twoheartwarming entertainers, the city mourns the loss of friends. Milton Berle, the comedian so legendary he was dubbed "Mr. Television," died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 93 after a battle with colon cancer. Dudley Moore, the beloved 66-year-old actor and musician, died Tuesday of pneumonia as a complication of progressive supranuclear palsy, at his home in New Jersey.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | August 1, 2005
In a setting permeated by the thick scent of cigar smoke, a seemingly endless supply of red wine, and the kinds of jokes men tell when their wives are away, about $40,000 was raised Friday on behalf of a scholarship fund benefiting Newport-Mesa students. The scene Friday was the Balboa Bay Club & Resort's 11th annual Gentlemen's Smoker and Lobster Clambake. Dieter Hissin, the resort's food and beverage director, said 135 men -- women were off the guest list that night -- came to fire up a supply of 3,500 cigars, chow down on lobster and filet mignon, and throw back about 100 different kinds of liquors.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — You can now watch fights while smoking a cigar in Costa Mesa. Fight Club OC on Thursday night unveiled its cigar lounge, located next to the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. The Hangar's large doors opened after the opening bout, just in time to break out a victory cigar for the first winning fighter. In all, there were four cigars to hand out to fighters from Orange County. One fighter from out of town deserved a Cuban. Antonio Orozco has been a human victory cigar in the boxing ring, but the Mexican-born fighter was not going to celebrate by lighting up a cigar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | August 12, 2011
Congress may find it impossible to agree on funding priorities, but 200 men in blue blazers and white slacks recently joined forces in Newport Beach to raise $60,000 benefiting the annual Balboa Bay Club & Resort's 1221 Club Scholarship Fund. The 17th annual Great Gentlemen's Smoker & Lobster Clambake, presided over by international "cigar goodwill ambassador" and hotelier Henry Schielein , was in fact the most successful event in recent years. "The guests bid generously on the auction," said Schielein, who assembled a roster of dining, travel, art and fine jewelry offerings — all of which raised funds that benefited the student scholarship fund.
NEWS
February 14, 2004
B.W. COOK The glam gals of the Sound of Music Guild supporting the Orange County Performing Arts Center gathered at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Island this week to celebrate a soft opening of the new dining room in the store called Mariposa. The white on white, stark contemporary restaurant with splashes of vibrant color will open to the public in two weeks. A signature Midori martini will be the cocktail du jour for the Neiman's crowd. Designers have created a very special seating arrangement for sampling the martinis.
NEWS
April 9, 2005
B.W. COOK The Junior League of Orange County recently presented White Haute Nights, its spring fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. Some 500 guests converged upon the coastal club on a balmy Saturday night that felt more like summer. Event chair Lori Wagner, working with Junior League president Kathleen Hill and a dedicated group, created a fabulous evening by the bay for patrons who came to sip a glass of wine on the waterfront terrace, enjoy a cigar on the beach and participate in an evening of "Monte Carlo" gaming created by party planners.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | March 27, 2009
If you have ever looked closely at local government you would find all sorts of citizen committees that make recommendations to their city council. The process works pretty well most of the time, but sometimes it just becomes a train wreck. Take for example when the Parks and Recreation Commission in Costa Mesa categorized 28 of the city’s 30 parks as “passive.” The real issue had more to do with which parks were set up for team sports. Needless to say the City Council voted to “receive and file,” which comes under the category of “I don’t think so” without having to vote no. The City Council of Newport Beach has one of those train-wreck issues working its way to a council vote — to ban smoking in all public places including restaurants that have outdoor dining or a cigar patio.
NEWS
December 15, 1999
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- Great Grandpa Noonan, who has sold Christmas trees on Newport Boulevard for 53 years, is finding there's no room for him there anymore. "The customers will find me next year," said 78-year-old Harry Noonan, wearing a baseball cap mounted with a stuffed panda dressed in a jester's hat. "They always do." Noonan said a school and church are planning to begin construction on his lot -- which is between Victoria and Bay streets -- this July.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | August 12, 2011
Congress may find it impossible to agree on funding priorities, but 200 men in blue blazers and white slacks recently joined forces in Newport Beach to raise $60,000 benefiting the annual Balboa Bay Club & Resort's 1221 Club Scholarship Fund. The 17th annual Great Gentlemen's Smoker & Lobster Clambake, presided over by international "cigar goodwill ambassador" and hotelier Henry Schielein , was in fact the most successful event in recent years. "The guests bid generously on the auction," said Schielein, who assembled a roster of dining, travel, art and fine jewelry offerings — all of which raised funds that benefited the student scholarship fund.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — Chief Executive Tom Hatch presented on Tuesday a potential remedy for the budget deficit he claimed will hurt people now but cure economic woes into the future. "He's been agonizing over this," Mayor Gary Monahan said of Hatch's suggested budget cuts that have been coming in recent weeks. "He's made some really hard, hard recommendations this year … A lot of people forget this, but this is Tom's first budget. " But just when Hatch, and most of the public, appeared to think his remedies may have satisfied the council members' requirements of a balanced budget through cuts and layoffs, a game-changing, eleventh-hour request came in. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer threw Hatch a curve and demanded an addition $2.9 million in savings.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — You can now watch fights while smoking a cigar in Costa Mesa. Fight Club OC on Thursday night unveiled its cigar lounge, located next to the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. The Hangar's large doors opened after the opening bout, just in time to break out a victory cigar for the first winning fighter. In all, there were four cigars to hand out to fighters from Orange County. One fighter from out of town deserved a Cuban. Antonio Orozco has been a human victory cigar in the boxing ring, but the Mexican-born fighter was not going to celebrate by lighting up a cigar.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | August 26, 2009
Brooks Brothers had a run on blue blazers recently. Hotelier and world-renowned cigar aficionado Henry Schielein Henry Schielein , president of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, welcomed more than 200 gents in obligatory blue blazers for his 15th annual Newport Beach Cigar Smoker and Lobster Clambake summer dinner on the beach. It might be more appropriately labeled as a latter-day fraternity evening with the finest spirits, the most aromatic cigars and dinner fit for a royal gathering.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | March 27, 2009
If you have ever looked closely at local government you would find all sorts of citizen committees that make recommendations to their city council. The process works pretty well most of the time, but sometimes it just becomes a train wreck. Take for example when the Parks and Recreation Commission in Costa Mesa categorized 28 of the city’s 30 parks as “passive.” The real issue had more to do with which parks were set up for team sports. Needless to say the City Council voted to “receive and file,” which comes under the category of “I don’t think so” without having to vote no. The City Council of Newport Beach has one of those train-wreck issues working its way to a council vote — to ban smoking in all public places including restaurants that have outdoor dining or a cigar patio.
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | October 19, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Lauren Draganza’s still got another two years to master the sixth hole at Big Canyon Country Club, as much as it can be mastered, anyway. It’s a par-five hole, and the top handicap on the course. As a sophomore, Newport Harbor High’s No. 1 golfer represents the future cement for the Sailors (13-4, 7-3 in league), as they continue to go after the top spot in the Sunset League. Newport Harbor finished the regular season as the No. 2 team in the Sunset League after losing to Marina, 221-226, Thursday at Big Canyon in the league finale.
NEWS
By: B.W. COOK | August 4, 2005
It was the ultimate men's night out. In a tradition inherited from the ages, Balboa Bay Club president Henry Schielein rallied gents from far and near to partake in his annual "Summer Smoker" and lobster clambake on the sand fronting the Newport Harbor's main channel. It was the 11th such affair for Schielein during his reign as major domo of the legendary Newport Beach institution. In a written statement, Schielein invited his guests "to share in a special camaraderie experienced when we gather amongst friends to delight in fine cuisine, superb champagne, great wines, outstanding spirits and wonderful cigars."
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | August 1, 2005
In a setting permeated by the thick scent of cigar smoke, a seemingly endless supply of red wine, and the kinds of jokes men tell when their wives are away, about $40,000 was raised Friday on behalf of a scholarship fund benefiting Newport-Mesa students. The scene Friday was the Balboa Bay Club & Resort's 11th annual Gentlemen's Smoker and Lobster Clambake. Dieter Hissin, the resort's food and beverage director, said 135 men -- women were off the guest list that night -- came to fire up a supply of 3,500 cigars, chow down on lobster and filet mignon, and throw back about 100 different kinds of liquors.
NEWS
April 9, 2005
B.W. COOK The Junior League of Orange County recently presented White Haute Nights, its spring fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. Some 500 guests converged upon the coastal club on a balmy Saturday night that felt more like summer. Event chair Lori Wagner, working with Junior League president Kathleen Hill and a dedicated group, created a fabulous evening by the bay for patrons who came to sip a glass of wine on the waterfront terrace, enjoy a cigar on the beach and participate in an evening of "Monte Carlo" gaming created by party planners.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Business partners Derek Gard and Mike Van Der Weerd enjoy a cigar now and then, but antismoking laws mean they usually have to go outdoors to smoke. Not anymore. Welcome to Havanitas, Costa Mesa's only cigar lounge, where patrons can play a game of pool or cards, drink a cocktail or watch sports on a big screen TV, all with cigars dangling from their mouths. "Mike and I were watching a football game one Sunday last winter, and [if]
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