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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.
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."
May 20, 2004
Brendon Salisbury At the end of January my family and a group of USC alumni traveled to Cuba with the USC baseball team, a country that hardly anyone of my generation has seen. The official "reason" was to learn the role of religion in today's Cuba. I "secretly" suspect my dad booked the trip because they sweetened the deal with three baseball games against the Cuban national team. Because of conflicting times, I had to take my finals early. We flew to Miami, and surprisingly passed through Customs easily.
By Joseph Serna, | 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.
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.
June 19, 2004
STEVE SMITH The type of ad that makes me laugh is the one that reads, "We'll treat you like family!" All I can think of when I see one of those is, "Please don't." In separate conversations with our two kids, I've expressed to them the importance of family. "Your friends may come and go, but you'll always have your family," I said. Perhaps I should have changed it to " ... but you'll always be stuck with your family." There is no rule that family members have to get along.
March 24, 2003
Paul Clinton In the lingering smoke of the 1990s cigar craze, Annie and Richard Hallajian continue to puff along in what many consider the premier tobacco shop in the area. Since 1989, the Hallajians, along with daughter Lynn and son Alex, have run Newport Tobacco out of Fashion Island, nestled in a small strip of shops near the Tutto Mare restaurant. Thanks to a loyal customer base, Newport Tobacco is surviving the fading of the cigar fad, which seemed to waft out with the economic prosperity of the dot-com era. "It's not an easy business to be in now," Annie Hallajian says.
By PETER BUFFA | July 29, 2007
Do you smoke cigars? I don't. Well, not often anyway. I have been known to try one now and then, usually at a cigar-themed event. It just so happens that the mother, or perhaps the father, of cigar fests is this Friday, Aug. 3, at the Balboa Bay Club — the Great Gentlemen's Smoker & Lobster Clambake — another of the high-energy, high-style bashes that are the specialty of the Bay Club's generalissimo, Henry Schielein. Yes, the "gentlemen's smoker" part is a little politically incorrect, but women are of course welcomed with enthusiasm, though there's no denying it's pretty much a guy thing.
By Chris Caesar | June 5, 2008
Gary Gilbertson, who runs the Siglo Cigar Lounge in Newport, said he started enjoying stogies when he and his sister shared a smoke over wine in Philadelphia. Since then, the recovering cigarette addict has become quite the aficionado. The Pilot sat down with Gary while he had a cigar in his quiet, comfortable element.   Scottish soccer player John Bain once said, “There are two things a man never forgets: his first love and his first cigar.
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