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Christmas Shooting Leaves Man Dead in Hempstead

Nassau County Police Body North Bellmore

A 35-year-old man was found shot to death in his hometown of Hempstead on Christmas, Nassau County police said.

Police officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert on Terrace Avenue and upon arrival, they discovered they found Rafael Cepeda had been shot numerous times at 6:25 p.m., authorities said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later. 

No arrests have been made. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Woman Found Dead in Hauppauge

(Photo credit: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)

A 65-year-old woman that investigators said “appeared to be a victim of violence”  was found dead in Hauppauge over the holiday weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Paula Chavez-Quintanilla, of Brentwood, was found in the rear parking lot of an office building on Motor Parkway at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, police said. 

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made. Authorities are continuing the investigation.

Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-852-6392, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Modern Oyster Bay Cove Estate Asks $8.9M

Billed as one of the most incredible waterfront properties on the North Shore is this masterpiece of Modern architecture listed for sale at 1 Steamboat Landing in Oyster Bay Cove.

Built in 1994 on a half-acre lot and designed by Keller Sandgren Architects, this impressive seven-bedroom estate house features seven bathrooms, three half bathrooms and a fabulous guest house. Besides the artfully blended interior design and incomparable views, amenities include 425 feet of waterfront, a 300-foot dock, a boathouse, sauna, tennis court, bar and heated in-ground pool with a cabana.

Inside, it features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, two fireplaces, central air conditioning and a cigar room on the third floor. The fully finished basement has a theater, wine cellar and game room. Outside, it has an attached three-car garage, patio and deck.

It is less than a mile from the downtown Oyster Bay shopping and dining district, the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station and several nearby parks, such as Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. It’s located in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District.

The asking price is $8,900,000, not including the annual property taxes of $84,738.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Lois Kirschenbaum and Frances Covello of Daniel Gale Associates. They can be reached at 516-626-7600.

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Car Wash

The return of winter and snow to Long Island brings with it the need to visit the car wash to clean off all the road salt that dirties up our vehicles.

Although there are many to choose from, Press readers voted Some Guys Car Wash the Best Car Wash on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. 

Mud, grime, filth — it builds up, and before you know it, your car or truck is covered! Long Islanders know that when their rides need a solid washing, there’s really only one place to go, and that’s Some Guys Car Wash!

Whatever the buildup, no matter how long it’s been caked on there, Some Guys Car Wash possess the skills, training, and commitment to excellence to get your automobile back to looking squeaky clean and shining as if it was brand new! It’s no wonder why Long Islanders have ranked Some Guys Car Wash at the top of this competitive category, now for the third consecutive year! They’re simply the best!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Some Guys Car Wash is located at 1287 Deer Park Ave. in North Babylon. They can be reached at 631-243-5050 or someguyscarwash.com

NY Giants Raise $150K for Long Island Charities

Joel Levine recognizes Matthew, a young staff member, of his organization that has autism yet who works tirelessly within his own organization. (Photo by Joe Abate)

More than 300 gathered to meet current and former New York Giants during the 7th Annual Monday Night Party charity fundraiser on Nov. 6 at the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor.

Jason Pierre Paul, Olivier Vernon, Landon Collins, Jay Bromley, Brandon Marshall and Damon Harrison were on hand for the event that included cocktails, food and fun. More than $150,000 was raised, with proceeds donated to the Anderson Center for Autism, The Damon Harrison I Told The Storm Foundation and Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism.

The event was sponsored by Camp Pontiac, The Etra Family and The Gershman Family. Joel and Debbie Levine were key in organizing the event.

NFL gifts and assorted items for sale to help the three deserving charities assisting those with autism are offered for sale by (lt to rt) Effie Kresick; Laura Smith and Donna Miller at the cocktail hour before the Tailgate Dinner & Raffle.
(Photo by Joe Abate)
Friends of the autism charities gather at the cocktail hour (lt to rt) Dan Morrin; Ken Litman; and David Siller. (Photo by Joe Abate)
A gathering of devoted advocates for services to combat autism are: Ernest Lawson; Scott L. Weiss, Esq; Christopher M. Falconetti (Attorney-At-Law); David J. Bangel (Attorney-At-Law); and Dr. Mark Cadden. (Photo by Joe Abate)
David Siller and Patrick Paul, Director/CEO of Anderson Center for Autism (Photo by Joe Abate)
NFL Players offer autographs to their young fans at the Tailgate Dinner  (Photo by Joe Abate)

Historic Islip Manse on 1.3 Acres Asks $1.6M

This charming century-old antique home offers an opportunity to own a piece of history on 1.3 park-like acres that is listed for sale at 99 Ocean Ave. in southern Islip.

Built in 1915, this well-maintained manse boasts six spacious bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and 6,654-square-feet of living space that includes a ballroom and library, each with its own sunroom. The house maintains its original moulding, hardware and built-in cabinets plus seven original and unique fireplaces.

It also features a custom eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and an office. Outside it has a wooden porch, concrete patio and in-ground pool.

The property is located a short walk from quaint downtown Islip, which has an array of shops and restaurants that also have a vintage vibe. It’s less than a mile from the Islip Long Island Rail Road station and nearby several parks, such as Islip Beach and Brookwood Hall Park.

The property falls within the Islip School District, which had its high school ranked as one of the best in the nation by Newsweek magazine.

The asking price is $1,695,000, not including the annual property taxes of $22,910.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Joan Zito of Hamptons Realty Associates LLC. She can be reached at 631-283-7400.

ACE Comic Con Descends on Nassau Coliseum

Stars of Hollywood’s latest Superman and Wonder Woman reboots were the headliners among many celebrity appearances during ACE Comic Con Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum last weekend.

Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot greeted fans on Long Island for the first time since the latest version of the Justice League was created. The inaugural event that ran Dec. 8-10 at the Uniondale arena also featured vendors, panels, live performances and meet-and-greets with those behind the scenes of film, TV, gaming, comics and more.

“Our entire platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by constantly surprising and delighting them each day with spectacular entertainment along with world-class facilities, amenities and service,” said Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO.

Cavill and Gadot were joined by castmates Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf) for interactive panels with top celebrities in the superhero and fantasy genres, along with the industry’s best graphic artists, writers and designers.

Of course, no Comic Con would be complete without fans in costume. Check out photos from the event below. All photos by Joe Nuzzo.

Newly Built North Merrick Dutch Colonial Asks $1.2M

This newly built Hamptons Dutch Gambrel style Colonial looks dazzling on the outside, is energy efficient on the inside and is listed for sale at 26 Alice Ave. in North Merrick.

Built this year, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-story home has 3,800-square-feet of living space with gorgeous details and an impressive open floor plan all built on an over-sized 8,000-square-foot lot.

It features an eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, including an Energy Star stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. It also has a formal dining room, great room, office, gas-fueled fireplace and central air conditioning. Outside it has an attached garage, front porch and room for a pool in the backyard.

Energy efficient features include an Energy Star water heater, double pane windows, Energy Star doors, foam insulation, cellulose insulation, a programmable thermostat, low flow showers and low flow/dual flush toilets.

The house is less than a mile from the quaint downtown Merrick shopping district full of shops and restaurants, the Merrick Long Island Rail Road station and is nearby various parks. The property is in the North Merrick elementary school district and Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

The asking price is $1,249,000, not including the annual property taxes of $21,090.

The real estate agents listed for this property are Trudy Stern and Seth Pitlake of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-623-4500.                       

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Shopping Destinations

The holiday season is upon us, which means there is little time left to buy gifts for our loved ones, but Long Island is full of places to score a last-minute present.

Press readers narrowed it down for us when they voted Tanger Outlets at The Arches the Best Mall on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. In addition, A&S Sports won Best Hobby Store on Long Island, From Italy With Love was named Best Jewelry Store on Long Island and Fun Stuff Toys took the title of Best Toy Store on Long Island.

With more than 100 stores, Tanger Outlets at the Arches is the one-stop shop for everything you need, and offers a shopping experience unlike any other. From clothes and shoes to accessories, makeup, and so much more, this extraordinary mall is also known for its fantastic prices! The National Winner in the Best Mall category was Smith Haven Mall.

Whether it’s rare sports cards you need or autographed memorabilia, A&S Sports has been satiating Long Islanders’ hobby interests for more than three decades, also offering unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and collectible toys and games, including McFarlanes, Magic, Pokemon, Star Wars, Walking Dead and much, much more!

If you’re ready to pop the question, celebrate an anniversary, surprise that special someone, or treat your special someone to a precious gift, From Italy With Love has it all! This family owned gem of a jewelry store has been serving Long Island for more than three decades and is staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable team of experts who can help customers locate the perfect piece of jewelry, for any occasion.

And for more than 30 years, Fun Stuff Toys has been providing Long Island with the very best toys around! Not only is this go-to toy shop home to an abundance of pretty much every toy or game you could ever imagine, for all ages, but also an extremely friendly, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Whether you’re looking for something for newborns, teenagers, or adults who are young-at-heart, Fun Stuff Toys has it, guaranteed!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote now through Dec. 15 for your favorite businesses and people in the 2018 Best of Long Island program.

Tanger Outlets at The Arches is located at 152 The Arches Circle in Deer Park. They can be reached at 631-667-0600. tangeroutlet.com/deerpark

A&S Sports is located at 825 Carman Ave. in Westbury. They can be reached at 516-414-4323 or stores.ebay.com/nyseymour

From Italy With Love is located at 473 Old Country Rd. in Westbury. They can be reached at 516-333-3702. fromitalywithlovejewelers.com

Fun Stuff Toys is located at 3639 Merrick Rd. in Seaford. They can be reached at 516-409-8697 or fstoys.com