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.


Beardsley Zoo Begins It’s “Town/City Days” Series

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Jun 222017

Every summer and fall, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, offers special admission pricing for one specific city or town in the area on one special Saturday.

To start things off, this week, Saturday, June 24 is Milford Day.

With proof of residency, Milford residents will be admitted to the zoo for only $5! Regular admission is $15 for adults 12 and older; $12 for children 3-11; $11 for seniors 62 and older; children under 3 years admitted free.

The Beardsley Zoo is a wonderful, nearby, easy day trip for anyone to enjoy. The new Female Amur Tiger is now out and looking beautiful basking in the sun. The prairie dogs have been particularly playful this month and the otters are simply entertaining as they splash and slide around in their pool.

We will let you know when Orange Day is coming up so you can plan to take advantage of this phenomenal discount.

The Kindness Rock Garden Is Open At High Plains

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Jun 212017

Bonnie Copolla of the Orange Arts & Culture Council approached the Orange Community Services Department in collaborating in the creation of a Kindness Rock Garden.

The joint venture is meant to spread goodwill and cheer. On June 21 the ribbon cutting ceremony was held. Please find attached 2 photos from the event. Take a rock for motivation, leave a rock for inspiration.

On Wednesday, June 21 the ribbon cutting ceremony took place in front of High Plains Community Center at 1 p.m.   Take a rock for motivation, leave a rock for inspiration.

Stop by and check it out. You may take a rock for motivation and/or leave a rock for inspiration.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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May 142017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room, and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel fingerprint safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk-in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals includes electric, plumbing and high-efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Today, May 14, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

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Shop Rite Grand Opening Today

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Oct 302016

shoprite-logoShop Rite, at 259 Bull Hill Lane will officially open today Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 a.m.

This is great news to residents who’ve been traveling to other towns for their grocery needs and recently lost their favorite Adams store in the Orange-Derby mall.

If you recall, Orange Live was the one that broke the news that the former Stop & Shop was closing, so we are happy to once again be the first to report the opening date for the new Shop Rite.

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