CdM Sunset, 12/31/2015

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Etta the Cow Has Moooved From CdM

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By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today

Where in the world did Etta go?

You remember Etta, the life-sized cow that once inhabited the front yard on Larkspur in Corona del Mar. Corona del Mar Today wrote about her a few years ago; read that story here. We also wrote about a neighbor’s birthday surprise which featured 40 mini cows on the next-store lawn; read that story here.

Then, however, Etta was gone.

The mystery has been solved, according to Etta’s owner, Melinda Morgan, who moved last December to Sea Island. Morgan purchased a large condo with a big wrap around yard, and that’s where Etta now resides.

“I do miss not having the people in Corona del Mar, and the kids that would ring the bell to ask if they could climb on Etta,” Morgan said.

Etta now has a view of the Back Bay and Jamboree Road. And Morgan’s dog has an enclosed yard, and it’s also a better location for her son who now lives there.

So far the neighbors have welcomed Etta and said that they liked her, and the homeowners association doesn’t have a problem with the new resident.

“One of my neighbors said that if the HOA had a problem with the cow, they would write a letter saying how much they like it in the neighborhood,” Morgan said. “Others just say ‘you have a cow in your yard!!?'” she said.

Morgan purchased her place a few months before moving in so she could do some remodeling, and whenever she provided the address to the construction workers they always commented, “Oh so you’re the one with cow in the yard.” They noticed it as they drove up and down Jamboree Road.

“Friends drive by and know where I live because of a cow,” she said. “It’s like a light house, only I have a cow. She watches kayakers, likes the water view, she’s happy girl. Fun kind of whimsical, makes life less stressful. She went from one place to another she’s used to it which she’s been doing her entire life, kind of a world traveler.”

From the Police Log: $205,400 Theft, Drug Arrests

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Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft with a $205,400 loss in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South on Monday, according to a report. The theft occurred between 1:30 and 2:21 p.m.

“Officers were called to a restaurant, where a patron claimed that his duffle bag had been stolen,” said Jennifer Manzella, a department spokeswoman. “He stated that he had entered the establishment with two bags, but found that he was only in possession of one of them after he completed his meal. Witnesses at the restaurant reported that they never saw the second bag. The reported loss was the contents of the second bag, including clothing and two Rolex watches.”

Police also took a report of a grand theft with a $1,195 loss on Monday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive. That theft occurred at 12:33 p.m.

Police arrested four people early Tuesday in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive, according to reports. A woman, 37, of Anaheim, was arrested at midnight and booked on suspicion of false personation of another, two misdemeanor warrants, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance in prison. Her bail was $25,000. A man, 40, of Anaheim, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. and booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, false personation of another, and narcotics possession. His bail also was $25,000. A woman, 26, of Huntington Beach was arrested at 2:36 a.m. and booked on suspicion of possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Her bail was $2,500. And a man, 37, of Newport Beach, was arrested at 2:48 a.m. and booked on suspicion of narcotics possession; bail was $2,500.

Police also arrested a 19-year-old Laguna Beach man at 1:08 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of grand theft; his bail was $20,000, according to a report.

Rain in Forecast for Next Week

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Today through Sunday should be sunny with highs in the mid 60s — but rain is expected Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain is likely mainly after 4 a.m., with rain likely Monday and Tuesday, the agency’s website states.

Today’s high should be 61 degrees.

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Crystal Cove State Park

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A helicopter pilot landed in a Crystal Cove State Park parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after an emergency light went off, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release.

Emergency crews responded to a report of the emergency landing, but when they arrived, all four members on board the helicopter had been able to leave the helicopter without injury, and the helicopter was resting in the parking lot, the release said.

“The scene was deemed safe by the fire department and left with state park officials,” the release said.

“Meet the Mayor” Chamber Luncheon Scheduled for Jan. 19

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Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon will give a State of the City address at a Jan. 19 Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon.

The luncheon will take place at Fig & Olive at 151 Newport Center Drive, and the lunch costs $30 for members and $40 for guests. Check-in and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The event is expected to sell out, and organizers ask that you reserve a spot by calling (949) 673-4050. No payments will be accepted at the door.

Dixon will be the featured speaker and will discuss the state of Newport Beach in what traditionally is a preview of the Mayor’s Dinner speech, which will take place in February. The event also will feature the installation of the 2016 chamber board of directors.

“Diane has a political science degree from USC (1973, Honors) and a 30-year career as a senior executive in a Fortune 500 public company – managing at the intersection of business and government,” according to an event email. “She has run her own consulting firm and knows the challenges of small businesses. A core competency of hers has been to establish connections among business, government, communities and nonprofit organizations. She has spent over 40 years engaging communities, stakeholders, employees, shareholders and public officials in the pursuit of good government, good policy and stronger communities.”

Happy 50th Birthday to CdM’s Quiet Woman

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Corona del Mar’s Quiet Woman restaurant recently celebrated its 50th birthday.

“The Quiet Woman is a perfect place,” said owner-chef Lynne Campbell. “We will never have a Michelin star but Michelin stars don’t matter much in everyday life.”

The restaurant, located at 3224 East Coast Highway, opened its doors on Dec. 15, 1965 and has been a local hangout ever since, from business lunches to live music at night.

Campbell posted a note on Facebook with her reflections on the golden anniversary.

“The QW is the place you go for drinks and appetizers after a day at the beach, at the end of a great day, at the end of a miserable day, to celebrate a birthday, for a casual dinner, for an extravagant dinner, with your kids, without your kids, when everyone in your party all wants different food, when everyone in your party wants the same food, when your octogenarian aunt and multi pierced daughter are going to be celebrating at the same table, for late night munchies, to listen to music, when you are by yourself and don’t want to talk to anyone except a bartender who can deliver a well-crafted cocktail and leave you alone,” she wrote. “It’s the place where you wind up sharing a platter of Kushi oysters with a friendly stranger from Dallas just because. It’s the place where you linger for longer than you should; drinking one more drink than you should, talking about the meaning of life while sinking deeper and deeper into a curved black booth…It is in fact, all things to all people who walk in the door.”

Generations of customers have enjoyed the Quiet Woman, she said, and will continue to do so.

Shannon Beador, a star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County, said she and her husband, David, had their first blind date at the Quiet Woman.

“We announced our engagement there also,” she said. “Back in the day you could walk to the back and we were always able to avoid the long line in front because we knew all the bouncers. When Lynn stared to issue Quiet Woman VIP cards, I felt pretty cool that I had one.”

Her three daughters now join them, calling it Q Dub, Beador said.

“It’s old school and a classic,” she said. “We never get tired of it.”

“It’s not going anywhere,” Campbell said.

In 2009, the restaurant underwent a major remodel; read our earlier story here. At the time, co-owner Sean Campbell said that first meal in Orange County — shortly after landing from Florida at John Wayne Airport — was at The Quiet Woman. A year later, he and his now wife, Lynne Campbell, were dating, and they eventually bought the restaurant in 1989.

Spa Business Moves from 3429 East Coast Highway

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The Doctor’s Beauty Bar is closing its location at 3429 East Coast Highway and relocating to 2865 East Coast Highway, inside CdM Drugs, according to a sign in the window.

The business had been operating for years after replacing the Amighini architectural shop, which closed in 2012 after two years in business in Corona del Mar. Previously, the B.B. Simon business was located in the space, selling crystal-covered merchandise including a $75,000 grand piano.

From the Police Log: Thefts, Burglary, Alcohol-Related Arrests

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Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft with a $1,500 loss on Saturday in the 600 block of Heliotrope Avenue, according to a report. The theft occurred between 7:40 and 8 a.m., the report said.

Officers also took a report of a grand theft with a $4,000 loss in the 300 block of Poinsettia Avenue on Dec. 23. The theft occurred between 3:43 p.m. Dec. 22 and 8:15 a.m. Dec. 23. Offices took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Dec. 23 in the 4800 block of Dorchester Road. The burglary occurred between 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22, and the loss was $2,000.

Police arrested a 21-year-old Newport Beach woman at 3:02 a.m. Sunday at Iris Avenue and East Coast Highway on suspicion of DUI; her bail was $2,500. Officers also arrested a 26-year-old Costa Mesa man at 10:54 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Boulevard and Orchid Avenue on a warrant; bail was $50,000.

Police also arrested a 61-year-old Newport Beach won at 4:16 p.m. Dec. 23 in the 2200 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500.

Police arrested a 42-year-old Burbank man at 10:04 p.m. Dec. 22 in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive on a misdemeanor warrant, and bail was $500.

Library to Host Sunday Musicale on Jan. 10

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The Central Library will host a family-friendly Sunday Musicale concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday Jan. 10, according to the Newport Beach website.

The concert will feature flute/harp duo KYaria, a group formed by two alumna of the USC Thornton School, Yoon Hee Jung and Ko Ni Choi. “They founded their duo to expand the flute and harp repertoire by transcribing, commissioning, and composing,” the website states.

The concert is free, with seating first-come, first served and limited by room capacity. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave.