Orange’s Santa’s Helper Is World Famous

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Jan 152015

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 6.38.37 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper program has gone global, and our own “Elf Mama” Annie Davis has been getting phone calls from around the world since a Subway company newsletter was delivered to EVERY Subway from here to Timbuktu and beyond.

Davis, an associate member of the OVFD, who began the Santa’s Helper fundraiser 20 years ago to raise money to buy rescue equipment for Orange’s all-volunteer Fire Department, also happens to work at Subway World Headquarters in Milford.

When someone in the office learned about the unique program, and that another employee, Eric Sudol, who also is a Subway Shop franchisee, fed Santa and his elves on Santa’s Helper delivery night with 80 SUBWAY to Go! boxed meals (prepared by 3 Sandwich Artists— Debbie, Donna and Kim — at his Milford store) She gathered information and wrote a little story for the company newsletter.

Davis said she’s received requests for information from several people from across the country who are interested in starting Santa’s Helper programs for their own volunteer fire departments. (Something she is happy to provide)

Davis works on the project 9 months (or more) each year — really! It’s a lot of work, but she loves the energy that abounds when Santa and the elves return to the station after they deliver the gifts, and the response she gets from families after their visits.




Obituary: Carmela DeLuca, 89, Co-Founder of Subway, Mother of Fred DeLuca

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Aug 302012

In memory of Carmela DeLuca

Carmela DeLuca, age 89, longtime resident of Milford and beloved wife to the late Salvatore DeLuca, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Gaylord Hospital.

Born on August 2, 1923 in New York, NY, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Teresina Regasto Ombres. Carmela was one of the proud founders of the Subway Restaurant chain. In the early days of Subway, Carmela worked in the first store in Bridgeport, CT, was known for hosting the weekly Subway planning meetings around her kitchen table. She was a well-respected officer and director of the company.

Carmela DeLuca

Carmela loved cooking, spending time in Florida and going on cruises. A kind, loving and generous person, her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Carmela will be missed by all who had the pleasure of her company.

She is survived by her son Fred DeLuca and his wife Elisabeth of Orange and Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her daughter, Suzanne Greco and her husband Gary of Woodbridge; grandchildren, Jonathan DeLuca and his wife Ana of FL.; Gabriella and Jacqueline Greco of Woodbridge and cherished great grandchildren, Raquel, Eva and Sofia. She is also survived by her siblings; Lucy DeLuca of Milford, Louise Scotti, Salvatore Ombres and Joseph Ombres and Veronica Lee all of NY as well as many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Carmela was predeceased by her brother Frank Ombres and her sister Mary Ombres. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Linda Miranda, Brenda Mateo, Lillian Sepulveda, Kimberly Rivas and Aida Rosado for their love, compassion and dedication in their care of Carmela.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf St., Milford, CT. Entombment to follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford. Friends and family may call on Friday, August 31st from 4 to 8 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. 06460. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Carmela DeLuca Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Rockridge Capital Holdings LLC, 300 Bic Dr., Milford, CT 06461.