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FRAMINGHAM – A fund has been established to help Ducle D Leche, which has locations in Ashland & Framingham.

One of the owners of the establishments Samantha “Sam” Amenta-Stavar, 47, of Framingham, who had been missing since Saturday night, was found dead on February 15.

“Our community suffered a devastating loss,” said Alan MacIntosh, who owns Doragon Ramen and Doragon Provisions in Ashland, and has known Jules & Sam for a while.

“Jules & Sam founded and built Dulce D Leche, and have become a pillar of the MetroWest community. They had locations in Framingham and Ashland, and were a staple at many farmers markets around the area. Jules met the love of his life, he described meeting Samantha through a dating app, they were 93% compatible, and Jules described it as a fairy tale, it was truly love at first site,” wrote MacIntosh.

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“The community is in shock at the loss. So many people remember their visits with Sam and Jules just within the past few days. Many have recounted their experiences with Sam on their visits to the shop, and how caring, and selfless she was. Even during struggling times, Jules & Sam would do anything and everything they could to give back to the community,” wrote MacIntosh in wanting to help.

“Let us come together as a community, and help support Sam and his extended family during this devastating time. As we are still in the midst of this global pandemic, all restaurants have suffered, and have struggled to remain open. Jules & Sam invested everything they had into their amazing cafe location in Ashland. Let us come together and help Jules and his family, so the last thing him and his son have to worry about is keeping Jules & Sam’s business dream alive,” wrote MacIntosh.

The goal is to raise $25,000 for funeral expenses and to help the business.

To donate, please click here.

As of this morning. February 16, more than $7,500 had already been raised towards the goal.


UPDATE: The $25,000 goal was reached in less than 24 hours. The goal was raised to $35,000 and by 1 p.m. on Feb. 17, it was past $40,000. The goal has now been raised to $50,000.


Photo from the grand opening of the Ashland location of Jules & Sam

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.