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After 75 years, Tilly & Salvy’s legacy lives on

NATICK — The start of it all was when the parents of Salvatore Ciccarelli decided to leave their native Sicily on the premise that there was a better life across the great Atlantic. They landed in Boston. Salvatore was 5. It was the turn of the 20th century.

Salvatore grew up hard-working, ambitious and with a kick to his step. Literally. He liked to dance. “He was good at it,” recalls his son, Bob Ciccarelli, 76. “He mentored a guy who wanted to learn how to dance. It was Ray Bolger.”

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