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Obituary: Harriet Merewitz

Long-time resident Harriet Merewitz died Jan. 8, 2010. The former co-owner, with her husband “Mac,” of the Alcove luncheonette and Alcove Caterers was well known by many Port families. The Alcove luncheonette was a popular gathering place for students in the 1950s and Harriet knew most by name.

She was born in Brooklyn in 1921, the daughter of Max and Fannie Nitowsky, and first settled in Port Washington in 1946. She came with her husband originally to operate a lunch counter in the old Berning’s drugstore. They started the Alcove on Port Washington Blvd. near the old A & P in 1950 and encouraged by a Teacher’s Recognition Day picnic that they catered at the Harriman estate, they began their catering business in 1956 and later moved to Willowdale Avenue. After her husband’s untimely death in 1977, Harriet continued the catering business into the 1980s on her own.

As a younger woman in the 1950s and ‘60s she would volunteer to do social dancing with residents of the Northport VA hospital to increase morale under the auspices of B’nai B’rith women.

Harriet is survived by her sister Joyce Lotters of Port Washington; her brother Dr. Harold Nitowsky of Stamford, CT; her son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Susan Merewitz of Chevy Chase, MD; and three grandsons, Seth, a lawyer, of Sacramento, CA, Matthew, a jazz publicist of New York City, and Benjamin, a financial analyst of Boston.

Harriet developed a love of bridge in her retirement years and encouraged the career of her teacher. She was a member of Chevrat Tefillah of Manhasset Isle.