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.


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.

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.

No Legion Ball, But Wait, There’s More To Do Today

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Jun 242017

If you were planning on attending the American Legion Baseball doubleheader in Orange today, you are out of luck, but you don’t have to wait long. The team will play tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Hamden.

There is the Orange Summer Craft Festival on the front lawn of The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road until 5 p.m. today.

If you’re from Milford, today is Milford Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport. Admission is only $5 with proof of Milford residency. The Zoo is open until 4 p.m. come on out and see what’s new since your last visit.

You Never Know What You’ll Find At The Summer Craft Festival

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Jun 242017

And The Beat Goes On: Orange Victory Over West Haven

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Jun 232017

An early lead helped Orange Post 127 defeat West Haven 8-1 on Thursday in West Haven. Orange scored on singles by Al Smith, Tyler Appel and Quentin Pitter in the first inning.

Orange scored three runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to an error and a double by Tyler Appel.

Ben Lodewick earned the win for Post 127. He threw six innings, surrendering one run, seven hits, and striking out three. One of West Haven’s pitchers tossed one inning, surrendering one run, zero hits, and striking out one.

Another West Haven pitcher started the game for his team, threw four innings, giving up seven runs, and 12 hits.

Orange collected 12 hits. Smith, Andy Hague, and Appel each made multiple hits for the home team. Appel, Hague, and Smith all had two hits to lead Orange. Post 127 was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Lodewick made the most plays with two.

West Haven had eight hits in the game.

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NOTE: The game was delayed for a minute or two when a beaver made its way onto the field and was given time to leave so it wouldn’t get hurt.

Post 127 plays again on Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. and noon at Old Tavern Park in Orange, weather permitting.

Orange Community Farmers’ Market – Opening Day, Thursday, June 29

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Jun 232017

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 29.  The event runs on Thursdays until September 29 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 p.m. to 7 pm. 

There will be 15 vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, cut flowers, figs, citrus trees, maple syrup, meats, baked goods, oils, pasta, butters, teas, spices, facial scrubs and soaps, and more!  

Farms from Orange to Cheshire will be present; including Mapleview, Shamrock, Grassy Hill, Fox Hollow, B4 and After, Laurel Glen, Guardians, Oronoque, and Wayne & Son Growers.  Other vendors include Durante’s Pasta, Seasonal Catering, Sweet Seidner’s, Whole German Bread and food trucks–Zuppardi’s Pizza and Szabos Seafood also will be at the market. 

The band, River of Dreams (a Billy Joel tribute band) will be performing at the Gazebo beginning at 6:30.  Other bands will be performing on the following dates: June 29, July 13, August 10 and September 7.  Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Two Pitchers Team Up As Orange Post 127 Shuts Out West Haven

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Jun 232017

Teddy Hague SAFE at second

Orange Post 127 defeated West Haven 10-0 on Wednesday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Teddy Hague induced a groundout to finish off the game.

Adam Hurwitz led Orange to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-4 at the plate. Hurwitz drove in runs with a double in the third and a double in the sixth.

Post 127  captured the lead in the first inning. Al Smith homered on the first pitch at-bat in the first inning, scoring two runs.

Orange scored four runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a double by Hurwitz, a single by Zach Cole and another single.

A single in the first inning was a positive for West Haven.

Jared Smith earned the win for Orange. He threw four innings, surrendering zero runs, six hits, and striking out two. One of West Haven’s pitchers pitched three and one-third innings, surrendering seven runs, seven hits, and striking out one.

Post 127 collected 11 hits. Hurwitz, Smith, and Quentin Pitter each had multiple hits for Orange, and the team didn’t commit a single error in the field.

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