The season will include new Housewife Dolores Catania. Since Dolores has a genuine friendship with fellow cast mates Siggy Flicker, Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita which predates the show, we anticipate that their natural chemistry will translate into zany and explosive situations rather than the forced vignettes found in other franchises.
Bravo’s cursory description of Dolores is a mom, friend and rescue dog lover. As if that isn’t enough, she is a force of nature from one of the most influential families in New Jersey.
Dolores and her family are no strangers to public service and charitable work. Her father is Police Chief Lawrence Spagnola, now retired, he commanded one of the largest police departments in New Jersey. After serving in the United States Marine Corp during military conflict, Chief Spagnola joined the Paterson Police Department during some of the worst inner city riots that Paterson had ever seen. He lives for God and Country and instilled those values on the entire family.
Dolores’ brother also served in the United States Marines and is currently a police Sergeant with 30 years of service with the Department.
Dolores’ 3 sisters are Valerie, Laura and Tonya – influential and philanthropic members of the community. The family boasts an assortment of nieces and nephews who rival Milania Giudice’s antics. Dolores’ mother is the strength behind this boisterous family. And of course Grandmother Spagnola (at age 102) tells it just how she sees it, whether addressing a Presidential candidate or the local sanitation worker.
Dolores has 2 children and considers her ex husband a friend and business partner. No skeletons in that closet.She shares her home with five rescue dogs (at last count).
When we exclusively (and unbeknownst to Dolores) asked friends and family to describe Dolores in one word, the following were the most popular responses:
Great mom (that’s one word according to The Chief)
Spiritual / Religious
When we asked what Dolores enjoys most, Dolores jokingly responded, “Saving strays, with four legs . . . and two.”
RHONJ is not the Spagnola Family’s first brush with reality tv. In addition to Dolores’ attendance at Manzo / Laurita / Giuduce events, Dolores’ brother and his wife shot a pilot. If only we could get our hands on it. . . stay tuned.
We welcome Dolores Catania and predict she will be the peacemaker and table flipper wrapped in the best couture and a fan favorite.