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Smiles for a lifetime thanks to Dr. Lichter investigates a Harlem crime
Caribbean Life, S 30 eptember 20-26, 2019 BQ
Karla FC Holloway, author of “A Death in Harlem.”
Black ‘Sherlock Holmes’
“A Death in Harlem” by Karla FC
c.2019, Northwestern University
$18.95 / higher in Canada
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
With a book in your hands, you can
do almost anything.
Grab a cookbook and make a meal.
Pick up a how-to book and fix a toilet.
Take a trip to the past or the future,
learn to knit, meet a new friend, you can
do it with a book. Or, with a book like “A
Death in Harlem” by Karla FC Holloway,
you might solve a crime.
It was a rare day when Officer Weldon
Thomas didn’t have reading material
Even on assignment as Harlem’s first
and only “colored” policeman, he carried
a book because his assignments were
light and he never knew when there’d
be time to read. And that’s exactly what
he was doing on that midwinter night in
1927 when guests at the Ninth Annual
Opportunity Awards Banquet, an event
he was policing, came screaming down
the stairs of the Hotel Theresa.
It didn’t take long for him to understand
the problem. He saw for himself,
right outside the hotel’s door: beautiful
storywriter Olivia Frelon lay on her back
on the sidewalk, her red gown spilling
around her as red blood spilled from her
head. She was obviously dead, but what
happened to make her fall from one of
the hotel’s windows?
In the days following that night, everyone
talked and most of them talked
about Vera Scott. She and Olivia had
been best friends; they did everything
together and were like two halves of a
whole although Olivia, with her light
skin, could pass for a white woman. Was
Vera jealous of that, or was the rumor
true that Vera’s husband was sleeping
with Vera’s best friend?
Was that why everybody thought Vera
pushed Olivia out the window?
New York’s finest wanted to get to the
bottom of what looked like a crime, and
since Officer Weldon Thomas expected
his department’s overwhelmingly white
officers to need him on this case, he
was determined to help. He’d spent his
whole life reading detective books from
the Harlem Library.
If Sherlock Holmes could solve
crimes, Weldon could, too…
Consisting of a basically wonderful
little mystery and some delightfully sly
winks at fans who love the genre, “A
Death in Harlem” can present a bit of
It begins on the story’s first page,
with language that’s often more fit for
academia but that’s mixed with Jazz-
Age slang, stereotypical inner-city patter,
and today’s modern terms, sometimes
all in the same scene. If that
doesn’t raise one eyebrow for you, this
will: it seems as though half of Harlem
1927 is in this story, a populousness
that feels particularly excessive when
characters are referred to inconsistently.
Author Karla FC Holloway tells
a truly great story, but it’s told in a way
that may make you scratch your head
The best thing to do here, perhaps,
then, is to give yourself time with this
book; it would be a shame to miss the
twisty-fun of “A Death in Harlem.” If
you can lend it some patience, get it in
There was a time not that long ago when it
was assumed that missing, broken and yellow
teeth were just an unfortunate part of growing
old. Brooklyn dentist Joseph Lichter, DDS,
insists it no longer has to be that way.
“My motto,” says Dr. Lichter, “is smiles for
a lifetime.” By helping patients make informed
decisions about their oral health needs and
offering the latest in cosmetic dentistry,
Dr. Lichter is committed to maintain or, if
necessary, restore a beautiful smile.
“Sadly,” says Dr. Lichter, “dental problems
can have a real impact on quality of life. Many
people hold back from laughing or smiling
because they are uncomfortable about their
His new facility on Avenue P in Midwood
is not your grandfather’s dental office. Before
showing up for a first appointment, new patients
are encouraged to go online to fill out a “Smile
Analysis.” The analysis asks 17 questions that
help both the doctor and patient decide on a
course of treatment. The new patient is asked to
“tell us what you don’t like about your smile.”
Among the questions are: Are any of your teeth
yellow, stained or somewhat discolored? Do
you have any prior dental work that appears
unnatural? Are the edges of any teeth worn
down, chipped or uneven?
At the office patients will find four dentists,
skilled hygienists and the latest equipment
to meet all of their dental needs. But more
importantly, said Dr. Lichter, he and his staff
offer the care that their patients deserve.
“Unfortunately in today’s world some of the
care part has been lost. Skill and compassion
go hand-in-hand when providing exceptional
Whether they are performing traditional
dental procedures or cosmetic dentistry, Dr.
Lichter’s team takes an overall comprehensive
approach that takes into consideration the
patient’s entire body, not just the teeth.
Dr. Lichter said he is proud to bring stateof
the art dentistry to Midwood.
“I am always trying to be on the cutting edge
of my profession,” he said. He appreciates the
positive feedback he has been getting. The
new office space that has been tripled in size
allows the team to accommodate more patients
This is a full service traditional dental
practice that has been in Midwood for more
than 65 years. Dr. Lichter is the third dentist to
run the office. Of course Dr. Lichter performs
traditional dental procedures such as teeth
cleaning, fillings, root canal therapy and the
removal of teeth. But in addition the practice
offers the latest in restorative and cosmetic
dentistry including implants, porcelain
veneers and crowns and fixed bridges. These
and similar procedures can make a broken
smile look like new.
The office offers Invis-align, an alternative
to metal braces that uses virtually invisible
plastic aligners that gently shift teeth into
place over a period of time. This alternative,
the doctor said, has become increasingly
popular with teens and adults. This procedure
can have a longterm impact on quality of life.
The good news, Dr. Lichter said, is that
people are learning to take better care of
their teeth. And as people in today’s world
expect to live longer they are more open to
what cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
He acknowledges that modern dentistry can
be expensive, especially for treatments that
are not covered by insurance. “Dentists,” he
explains, “can have extremely high overhead,
especially for work done outside the office.”
However Dr. Lichter said he attempts to keep
dentistry affordable so everyone can benefit.
His experience so far has been that patients
find the results well worth the investment.
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E. 14th and E. 15th streets in Midwood, (718)
339-7878, Open Monday through Friday and
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