The sun is Orazio “Raz” Maimone’s silent partner. Both were on the job Wednesday afternoon. The star provided 85 degrees worth of summer heat in the Capital Region. Maimone provided Bomb Pops, Cyclones, Tear Jerkers and about 50 other kinds of flavored ices and cold creams to young clients. Maimone, 48, is “Mr. Ding-A-Ling” — the ice cream man. Kids know when Raz is on the way to their homes in Niskayuna; his white truck plays the perky “Music Box Dancer” tune during its slow prowls up and down tree-lined streets.
Orazio “Raz” Maimone — Niskayuna's friendly neighborhood ice cream man — takes orders from regular customers Mikey Kedik, 5, and Jessica Slovak, 6, on Wednesday afternoon.
Orazio “Raz” Maimone hands off some ice cream to Dean Carlino, 6, inside the Hillcrest Village West apartment complex on Wednesday. Waiting her turn with “Mr. Ding-A-Ling” is Kyra Nowatchik.
Lindsay DeMania, 9, of Schenectady, prepares for the green TearJerker snow cone she received from Mr. Ding-A-Ling.
Jessica Slovak, 6, Gabriella Kedik, 7, and Mikey Kedik (left to right) enjoy cold comfort on a hot summer afternoon.
Orazio "Raz" Maimone of Rotterdam, who drives the Mr. Ding-A-Ling ice cream truck in Niskayuna, smiles as he looks for potential customers on Wednesday.
Lights flashing and music playing, Mr. Ding-A-Ling is on the move in Niskayuna.
Orazio “Raz” Maimone takes a break during his ice cream rounds in Niskayuna on Wednesday. Maimone said patience with children and patience with driving very slow are musts for the job.