"Dancin' Donna" Moves On From Caldwell, Looks Fondly on her Time Spent Waving from the Bloomfield Avenue Wall
CALDWELL, NJ - Donna Lee, also known as "Dancin' Donna" and "Rockin' Rhonda" has moved on from Caldwell and has left her Bloomfield Avenue wall behind. Lee moved earlier this fall after living her entire life, 42 years, in Caldwell. She could be found on most nice afternoons sitting on the wall at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Westover and on other occasions, like the July 4th Fireworks, or Caldwell Street Fair, she was sure to be seen walking around smiling or warmly greeting people.
"I just wanted to let all my 'Rockin' Rhonda' and 'Dancin' Donna' fans know that I have a bit of sad news; I have relocated," Lee commented.
Lee is the essence of all that is Caldwell. She grew up going to St. Aloysius Grammar School and then moved on to James Caldwell High School.
"I have lived in Caldwell for 42 years," Dancin' Donna explained.
Lee says she can't recall exactly when she started sitting on the wall and listening to music. She thinks it may have been six or even ten years ago. As time went by, people have grown accustomed to seeing her sit on the wall at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Westover, nodding her head and smiling and waving to people as she listened to the music from her headphones.
"Riding down Bloomfield Avenue won't be the same,"
Lee commented that her wall experience helped her recover from earlier days when she had been bullied.
"The wall was my happy place.
During Sandy, when much of West Essex was without power, without car fuel - Lee made it her mission to get back on that wall and wave to people. A local resident, Veronica Steele, took note of her service and uploaded it to YouTube.