Mayor wants to bring ice cream trucks back to Orange

Published 2:02 pm Thursday, July 26, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


With National Ice Cream Sandwich Day set for August 2, it brings recognition to the lack of ice cream trucks patrolling the streets of Orange.

City of Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. asked the council to change a city ordinance against ice cream trucks.


(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer to sell ice cream, snow cones, or similar products from carts or motor vehicles within residential zones of the City of Orange. For the purpose of this article, those parts of the city designated R-l, R-2, R-3 and R-4 on the official zoning map of the City of Orange as provided in Section 12.200 of Chapter 12 of this code shall be construed as and are hereby designated as residential zones of the city of Orange.

The original ice cream sandwich sold for a penny in 1900 from a pushcart in the Bowery neighborhood of New York.  The vendor, who was never identified in the article printed in papers across the nation, sandwiched the ice cream between milk biscuits. Soon, push carts popped up around the city and country during the summer months selling the portable treats, according to

“I would like to change the ordinance against ice cream trucks,” Spears said. “Let’s work on it.”

Ice cream trucks have been a favorite childhood memory for many over the years. Now an experience the children of Orange do not know as they have not heard the sounds of music alerting children the truck of cold, yummy goodness was near.