Anyone who frequently travels along Bloomfield Avenue through the Caldwells knows the fortyish woman with dark curly hair, glasses and headphones who sits on a brick wall and grooves to her favorite tunes.
She’s earned many nicknames over the years, from Dancing Donna and Rockin’ Rosie to Rockin’ Rhonda and iPod girl. But her real name is Donna Lee.
Now there’s a three-minute video on YouTube of the local celebrity whose infectious smile can be seen almost daily during her one-woman dance parties at the corner of Bloomfield and Westover avenues.
Born Donna Sponzilli, she has lived in Caldwell her entire life. She attended Trinity Academy and later James Caldwell High School, graduating in 1990.
Lee has been married for 19 years to her husband, Bob, who produced the video of the Caldwell fixture.
“I love when people come up to me and say hi and take my picture,” she said. “I started doing this to make people smile."
Lee said her favorite moment was “when a bus stopped in front of my wall and asked me what I listen to.”
The answer? Hinder, Nickelback and Pink are among her favorites, and she "loves" Bon Jovi.
“I was around when they had legwarmers and hair bands,” said the self-proclaimed "80s girl."
Her other pass-times include riding motorcycles and watching tattoo shows. She has two bikes and 11 tats, but no kids, she said. She’s also a sports fans and follows the N.Y. Giants and the Yankees.
Now Lee's corner spot could be in jeopardy. The building where she's been hanging out daily for five years with the exception of the colder months has long been vacant, but a new tenant is expected to move in soon.
What will she do?
“I probably will just walk in and say 'hi,'” she said.
Anyone can say "hi" to Donna by following her on Facebook at Donna Lee.