Meet Alex DeAngelo The Millennial Who’d Like To Be First Selectman

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Jun 282017

On Monday, June 26, Alex DeAngelo, 24, came to Town Hall to file some paperwork as a preliminary measure to become the Independent candidate for Orange First Selectman this fall.

A likable young man, Alex was raised in and has lived in Orange for 24 years. He went through the Orange school system, and Amity High School and he graduated from SCSU in May.

So why would someone so young want to run for a job like this?

He has nothing but praise and respect for the current first selectman. He said, “Jim Zeoli has done an outstanding job, you don’t serve for six terms for doing nothing, still the town is just ‘not there’ [in tune with the younger generation]yet.”

“The town is growing and changing and we need to bring forth more awareness of what’s going on in town. We need to get my generation involved,” DeAngelo said. “There is so much new technology and we need fresh faces and new ideas. Millennials are the silent majority and we need to get them to come out and vote.”

He said people aren’t involved in what’s going on in town. “We have so much vacant Post Road real estate and vacant commercial properties and we need to figure out why. That’s prime real estate and we have to do something about it.”

DeAngelo also said that there aren’t enough things for young adults to do in Orange. “I remember going to High Plains and the Mary L. Tracy playground when I was little and as I got older I noticed that people are still doing the same things. I think we’re stuck, and times are changing, but we’re not.”

He added, “There’s nothing for younger people to do in town. We need to add more events so people my age are more active. And my generation needs to step up and do their part in helping change Orange in the future.”



He added, “The concert series is great, but it’s more for adults and kids are not enthused about it. We need to get different talent for the younger generation and start more fun activities that will interest them.”

He suggested a juice bar with a DJ somewhere on Friday nights for the younger residents.

DeAngelo said his campaign will be all about hearing from the people in town finding out their needs, wants and concerns and do everything to the best of his ability to make things happen.

DeAngelo still needs to obtain 44 signatures on a petition to run as an independent and once that paperwork is approved he will go full throttle.

Why should you vote for him?

DeAngelo said in school he was the manager of the baseball, basketball and hockey teams and equipment manager for the football team.

He had two professional internships with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia 76ers, so he knows what it’s like to work in a multimillion dollar industry and can bring some of that experience to running the town with fiscal responsibility.

“I’ve faced a lot of adversity over the years, I’m a  fresh face, I’m determined and fresh out of college,” he said. “I want to hear from Orange residents. I feel that the Orange government is not involved in the lives of Orange residents. I want everyone to know that they can come to me with whatever they need.”

“I have the utmost respect for Mr. Zeoli, I just think the town is a little outdated,” he said.

“I know the odds are not in my favor, because I will have two powerhouse opponents, but if elected I will see what I can do about getting Millennials involved, and get more people registered to vote,” he said.

DeAngelo said he is the big underdog, but he’s ready for the challenge and will be going full force until Nov. 7, adding that he plans to run a clean campaign without the mudslinging that we see all too often.


Love The New Water Fountain? Come To Saturday’s Dedication!

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Jun 272017

During my daily walks at the Orange Fairgrounds, I’ve noticed many people admiring, utilizing and appreciating the new three-tiered water fountain near that pavilion. For the first time today I even saw a dog taking advantage of it.   
The sad thing is, so many residents may like it, but they think it’s a town sponsored thing and had no idea who is really responsible for it being there.
Well, I knew, and told a few fellow walkers, but for everyone else, here’s what you need to know, submitted by Marianne Miller from the Orange Lions Club:
The Orange Lions Club is proud to dedicate this beautiful water fountain to the “TOWN OF ORANGE!” Please join us on Saturday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m. The fountain is next to the pavilion at High Plains Community Center. It has three levels, the top fountain for adults, the second level for children and wheel-chaired individuals, and the bottom one for our furry friends.
This year is “Lions International” 100th-year celebration. Upon the suggestion of Lion Ken Lenz, the Orange Lions unanimously agreed to the idea. He moved forward bringing the project to the town for approval.
Thank you to Lion Ken Lenz for spear-heading the wonderful fountain project and to Lion Ron Ruotolo for his expertise and guidance during the installation of the fountain. Thank you to our hard-working Lions who helped in any way, especially digging the trench! This will continue to be an asset to many for years to come.
Join us on Saturday for the dedication. The first 50 people will receive a Centennial celebration purple and gold water bottle to fill up at the fountain and to remember, “WHERE THERE IS A NEED, THERE IS A LION!”

A Message From Jason Nevis at Camp Argo

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Jun 272017

Hello Camp Argo Families,

Summer starts at Camp Argo on Monday, July 3 which is only ONE WEEK AWAY!  Some of you will be here for the start and others are joining us later this summer.  If there are any changes to your busy schedules we will make the accommodations to include your child(ren).

For those that have already registered please do not forget I need your child(ren)’s Medical Exam Form ASAP so we are prepared for his/her arrival.
All of our returning and new counselors will be READY to make Camp Argo all about the campers!  New colored t-shirts special to us for being a part of Orange, CT. have been ordered.  The GOKARTS are getting charged, the archery bows and arrows are getting tuned up, all the inflatable equipment, art supplies, sports equipment, new trikes, interactive toys and so much more!
Follow this link to register… HERE
Please “LIKE” Camp Argo on Facebook and Instagram.
Have a great summer until all of us at camp especially our beloved GOLDIE see you at Camp Argo!

Orange First Selectman’s Race 2017 Novicki vs DeAngelo (?)

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Jun 272017

With the 2017 Orange Municipal Election just a few months away, residents now have two brand new faces to get to know.

Last Tuesday, Margaret Novicki accepted the Democratic endorsement and yesterday Alex DeAngelo, 24, began the long process of filing paperwork with the state in order to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for the first selectman.

What this means is that to date it may be a two-way race for the first selectman’s seat, as First Selectman Jim Zeoli has not yet announced whether he will seek a seventh term. Many assume he will, but Zeoli will not confirm nor deny anything at this point, although he is paying attention to the growing candidate pool in Orange.

Last Tuesday, Orange Live introduced you to the Democratic Candidate Margaret Novicki. Click HERE for the press release. Click HERE for video of her acceptance speech.

Today, we’ll tell you a little bit about Alex DeAngelo, the independent hopeful who has a few steps to go before he can officially be named a candidate. There is a lot of paperwork involved when you run for office. Alex needs to have a Petition to run and obtain a certain amount of signatures, which the town clerk has to verify before it is submitted to the Secretary of the State’s office in early August.


Historic Vote Passed At The Orange Congregational Church

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Jun 272017

The Orange Congregational Church

On April 30, 2017, the members of the Orange Congregational Church voted to join the Open and Affirming Movement in the United Church of Christ. In preparation for this vote, for the last year and a half church members—including youth—have listened to speakers, joined in discussions, and participated in Bible studies.

The church’s Open and Affirming Covenant states that it welcomes, respects and affirms all people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, cultural background, religious background, nationality, age, marital status, economic circumstances or physical, emotional or mental ability.
All are welcome to join us for Summer Worship, which begins on Sunday, July 2 and continues through August 27.  There will be one service at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary. 
Summer Church School will take place twice a month: July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 27.  
The Crib Room will continue to be open every Sunday during the summer.

Visit The Library, There’s So Much To Experience

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Jun 272017

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers not only a great number of books and a comfortable atmosphere but events for children and adults every week.

Summer Library Hours are Monday 12 – 8 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday 12 – 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This week, for example, the library is hosting these activities:

Block Printed Book Tote Craft
Tuesday, June 27, 2-3 p.m.
For students grades 6-12. Create a custom block print and personalize your own book tote. Registration is required. Space is limited.
Beardsley Zoo: “Life in the Wild”
Thursday, June 29, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
For children grades K-6. Learn about the amazing adaptations animals have for thriving in their habitats as we visit with creatures from the Beardsley Zoo! Registration is required.

Please pre-register in person or by calling 203-891-2170.

You Win Some, You Lose Some: Orange Post 127 Now 8-2 For The Season

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Jun 262017

The Orange American Legion Post 127 baseball team traveled to Hamden for a double header on Sunday, June 25.

Our hometown boys were shut out in the first game but won the second one.

Orange Post 127 Loses Lead Early In Defeat

Orange Post 127 watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 10-0 loss to Hamden on Sunday at 9 a.m. Hamden took the lead in the first inning.

Hamden scored eight runs in the fourth inning. Hamden’s big inning was driven by two walks, an error, a single, and a double.

Hamden’s pitcher pitched five innings, giving up zero runs, zero hits, and striking out three. Teddy Hague took the loss for Orange. He went three and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, two hits, and striking out six.

Hamden was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error.

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Orange Wins Back-And-Forth Affair Against Hamden

In the second game at 11 a.m., Orange defeated Hamden 4-3 in a back-and-forth affair on Sunday. The game was tied at three with Post 127 batting in the bottom of the fourth when there was an error, scoring one run.

Post 127 earned the victory despite allowing Hamden to score three runs in the fourth inning.

Orange took an early lead in the first inning. Al Smith singled on the first pitch at-bat in the first inning, scoring two runs.

Post 127 took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Andy Hague singled, driving in one run.

Mike Ficaro earned the win for Orange. He threw six innings, surrendering three runs, eight hits, striking out five, and walking one. Jared Smith recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Post 127.

Hamden’s pitcher took the loss for Hamden. He went six innings, surrendering four runs, eight hits, and striking out five.

Smith led Orange with two runs batted in. He went 1-for-3 on the day.

Hamden had eight hits in the game, three players, in particular, each collected hits for Hamden.

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NOTE: Orange is now 8-2 for the season.

Open House Today Four Bedroom Home On River

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Jun 252017

No expense was spared on this 4 bedroom, 2 bath remodeled home. Stop by and see it today at343 W River Road between 2 – 4 p.m.

The new windows and French doors provide tons of natural light throughout the home. The interior features of the home are stunning, including all wood floors and a gorgeous finished basement!

The focal point of the living room is the brick-faced fireplace with built-in shelving and cabinets. The gorgeous kitchen, perfect for any budding chef, features an abundance of new white shaker cabinets, beautiful granite counter tops, tile backsplash, copper sink, and new stainless steel appliances.

The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and full bath. Both bathrooms have been beautifully appointed with new vanities, fixtures, and toilets. There is a large laundry room off the back of the house with tons of cabinet space and storage that leads out to the flat, spacious yard that backs up to the stocked Wepawaug River.

A short distance to Boston Post Road’s shopping, easy access to the 15 and 95 freeways, and nightly entertainment, makes for the perfect location in the highly sought after Orange School District. Bring your pickiest buyers, this home will sell fast!

Another Fabulous Band Booked For The 2017 Independence Day Concert/Fireworks

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Jun 242017

The Town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “Strange Magic – The ELO Experience” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.  Strange Magic is a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra which features cellos and intricate vocal arrangements. The group performs note-perfect renditions of all the ELO classics. Concert goers can expect to hear all their favorites such as “Living Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Ma Ma Belle,” “Strange Magic,” “Telephone Line,”“Can’t Get it Out of My Head,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Shine a Little Love.” The nine members of “Strange Magic,”who are making their CT debut, hail from Toronto, Canada. The band will feature internationally renowned lead vocalist Phil Naro.

In addition, “Strange Magic” has been chosen to appear on national television on “THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS” show on AXS TV! They will be appearing live in concert from the legendary “Whisky a Go Go” in Hollywood California (two days before ELO is inducted into the Rock N ‘Roll Hall of Fame). Orange residents with DISH Network, Direct TV or FIOS can get a preview of the band on AXS TV on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 2 (rain date Monday, July 3rd) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Orange Town News publisher and event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the sixth consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, Regent Wealth Management Group, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

Additional Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship opportunities are available in the Orange Town News and at Orange Town Hall. For more information call 203-298-4399, online at www.orangetownnews.com or email rocky@orangetownnews.com.

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 p.m.  WPLR Radio will also be on location with a celebrity guest.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.

— Press Release

Here’s A Thing Or Two You May Not Know

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Jun 242017

Ever since the town of Orange began actively recycling, pizza boxes have been a HUGE no no.

So, is it okay to put a pizza box in your recycling bin?

Well, if you are still stuffing them into your trash, STOP!

According to revised Connecticut recycling rules it IS now okay to recycle pizza boxes as long as they don’t have any cheese or grease on them. Are you surprised? You’re not alone.

The Orange Recycling Committee shared this information during the Orange Business and Community Expo earlier this month.

Here’s a quick question. Can you place shredded paper in your recycling bin? It’s paper, and paper is recyclable, right?

Well, no, you can’t. The same goes for paper cups.

Do you want to know more? Visit the Connecticut recycling website for all the answers you seek.

Educate yourself and your children on how recycling works and you can help save the world a little bit at a time every day. And residents, recycling helps keep your property taxes down.