Around Town: News from your neighbors

Around Town: News from your neighbors|Around Town: News from your neighbors|Around Town: News from your neighbors
Takeisha Dennis (l) receives her award aboard the ship.

The Bronx Times Reporter will publish your announcements. Send announcements along with photo, to: Bronx Times Reporter, 3604 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465 or e-mail Please include a phone number or a way to contact you in case of questions.

Notable Passing

Ellen Lavin, 58, of Country Club and formerly of Parkchester, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, August 5.

She was an employee of Verizon for three decades and was dedicated to keeping together a group of friends together who had grown up on Beach Avenue. She was also a Cub Scout leader at Our Lady of Assumption.

Though she never had children of her own, many in her extended family and among her friends considered her like a mother, her sisters recalled.

The son of a childhood friend, a U.S. Army corporal who is a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, Thomas John DiMuro, rushed back from Fort Bragg, NC after hearing the news that she was ill.

He got to see her at her bedside before she passed away. He initially was not going to be allowed to make the trip, but explained to his superiors that she was like a mother to him and that she had provided a G.I. Joe paratrooper action figure that is something of a mascot for his military unit.

She was full of life. Every life she touched, she left an impression. If she was a friend, she was a friend for life. She passed away surrounded by family and friends. Everybody’s kids were her kids.

Lavin was interred at Gate of Heaven cemetery after funeral services at Blessed Sacrament Church.

She is remembered and loved by her siblings Julia, Jan, Michael and Dennis.

Happy Birthday

TJ DiMuro with the GI Joe that Ellen sent him.

Happy Birthday and Feliz Cumpleanos to St. Helena Church’s parishioner Juana Carmen Rodriguez who turned 102-years-old on Saturday, July 9.

Local Sailor Aboard The Uss Eisenhower Honored

The U.S. Navy reports that Yeoman 3rd Class Takeisha Dennis was recently named Sailor of the Day aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dennis hails from the borough, and was originally from Trinidad.

Dennis received the award because, as one of Ike’s Engineering Department’s Yeoman, she has processed the paperwork for over 20 transferring sailors since the start of deployment to include their transfer packages, evaluations and awards.

She performs at the level of a seasoned second class petty officer. YN3 Dennis requires no supervision and performs her demanding duty with little to no rework.

She’s recently qualified her second pin since Ike deployed and has been a hard charger since joining the engineering team. She mentors at least 10 Sailors throughout the ship.

She leaves no stone unturned with a head always on the swivel. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy February 12, 2013. Dennis is the wife of Deon Jones, and daughter of Sharon Dennis and Allen Hickson.

Bronx Columbus Parade

According to parade organizer Tony Signorile, the annual celebration of Columbus, community and Italian-American pride is set for this year at Sunday, October 9 along Morris Park Avenue.

Signorile said that whoever wants to participate in the parade should call the Morris Park Community Association at (718) 823-0596.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
Ellen Lavin

More from Around NYC