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Offered by: City of Brighton Public Information Office

The Brighton and Commerce City police departments are seeking highly motivated individuals to become volunteer victim advocates.

Volunteer advocates provide on-scene crisis intervention with victims and witnesses of crime, sudden death and other emergency situations. Volunteer victim advocates also provide support, information and referrals. Advocates provide assistance with the criminal justice system and victim rights information in both communities. Each volunteer is required to volunteer a minimum of four, 12-hour shifts per month, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays. Volunteers are required to respond within 30 minutes of dispatch contact.

In order to participate, volunteers must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to undergo and pass a background investigation
  • Be a holder of a valid Colorado driver’s license with a good record
  • Have valid auto insurance
  • Be compassionate and non-judgmental
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Be able to perform under emotional and adverse conditions
  • Bilingual strongly needed, but not required
  • Be willing to commit to at least 12 months

Volunteer victim advocate applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. There will be a victim advocate training academy starting on Saturday, April 21.

In August 2014, the Commerce City and Brighton victim services units merged to better serve victims in both communities and help increase the amount of full-time advocates.

For information please contact Victim Services Volunteer Coordinator, Alexis Gutierrez at agutierrez@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2344.

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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty

Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four bedroom home. Should you:

  1. Remodel your house to your current lifestyle and needs.
    – or –
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home.


Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on option one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

If you currently live in a 3 to 4 bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families living in the neighborhood (example: you wanted a block with other kids your children could play with and a backyard large enough to accommodate that).

Remodeling your home to meet your current needs might mean combining two bedrooms to make one beautiful master suite and changing another bedroom into the massive walk-in closet you always wanted. However, if you live in a neighborhood that historically attracts young families, you may be dramatically undermining the value of your house by cutting down the number of bedrooms and making it less desirable to the typical family moving onto your block.

Your home is probably at its highest value as it stands right now. Instead of remodeling your house, it may make better financial sense to sell your current home and purchase a home that was built specifically to meet your current lifestyle and desires.

In many cases, this well-designed home will give you exactly what you want in less square footage (and less real estate taxes!) than your current home.

If you are living in a house that no longer meets your needs, at least consider checking out other homes in your area that would meet your lifestyle needs before taking on the cost and hassle of remodeling your current house.

If you would like more information on what is the best option to meet your needs call iGo Realty for a FREE home consultation at (303) 862-5457 or visit our website at: www.igorealty.com.
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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Purchasing a home in today’s ultra competitive home buying market where properties routinely receive multiple offers is stressful. There is a tool called an Escalation Clause that can make a difference in ensuring you don’t get outbid. But like all things, it has its pros and cons, and doesn’t come without a certain amount of risk to both buyer and seller.

An Escalation Clause is a strategic addendum typically added to a real-estate contract with an initial offer. It basically states that as the buyer “you will pay X dollars for this house, but if another buyer submits a verifiable bid that’s higher, you will raise your offer in increments of Y dollars to a maximum price of Z.” This method can save a lot of time in back and forth negotiations, but there are most definitely things to consider before using one, and it’s best to have a realtor who understands the ins and outs of real estate contracts before using one!

Before using an escalation clause, be sure to consider the fact that you may need additional cash towards a larger down payment, as well as the fact that the escalated price might not match the appraisal, and also affect the type of mortgage available to you as a buyer.

Before adding an escalation clause to your offer, you and your broker should discuss it with the seller’s real estate Broker because some sellers do not like them, and it could affect whether the seller will even consider your offer. Additionally, make sure any documentation you are asking the seller to provide for proof of higher bids is fully specified in the offer.

For proven expertise in buying or selling a home, call Jan at 303. 520.4340

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Offered by: City of Brighton Public Information Office

The City of Brighton has once again partnered with Resources Central to bring back the Garden In A Box program for our residents. Through this partnership, City of Brighton utility customers will receive a $25 discount off of the water-wise garden kits, while supplies last.

These Xeric, perennial flower garden kits deliver everything you need to install professionally designed landscape plans for sun, shade, and everything in between. Use less water, attract more pollinators, and bring colorful beauty to your yard. This year, residents can choose from six varieties that include between anywhere from 14 to 30 plants. Every plant put in a GIAB kit is locally grown in our state.

Regardless of expertise, the program provides a significant water conservation tool in the form of a plant by number garden kit. These professionally designed gardens improve the beauty and water efficiency of any landscape, especially when used to replace turf.

These kits are on sale now and will be available for pick-up May 17 from 4 -7 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton. Due to last year’s popularity, the City has secured more GIAB kits at the discounted price; kits start at just $79. But you’ll want to get your order in before the rush, because when our discounts run out kits will cost more than $100. To purchase a kit, visit http://www.brightonco.gov/585/Garden-In-A-Box-Program.

The City is also teaming up with Resource Central to offer its annual Water-Wise Landscape Seminar. This free seminar, “The Basics of Xeriscape,” will be Thursday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Brighton Recreation Center, 555 N 11th Ave.

Join us to learn the principles of Xeriscape and how to apply them to your landscape! This class will explore the “how-to’s” of conserving water while creating a functional and attractive outdoor space. Horticulturist expert, Eric Hammond of CSU Extension – Adams County, will discuss water-wise plant varieties, irrigating your landscape efficiently, cutting edge irrigation technology, and ways to modify existing landscapes to cut back on water use. Come out for an evening of empowering tips and tricks to improve your outdoor space and save water.

To register, please visit on-line at: ResourceCentral.org/seminars
Email: gardeninfo@resourcecentral.org or call 303-999-3820 x222 for more information.

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Offered by Cheri Simmons, Simmons Shooting Academy

Just one day before the Parkland school shooting, a grandmother in Washington stopped her grandson from committing a similar crime. She called 911 after becoming suspicious enough about his behavior to read his journal. That couldn’t have been easy for her to do. Thank God she did.

Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security. We all play a role in keeping our community safe, in keeping each other safe. If you see something suspicious, alert local authorities. If you experience that moment of uncertainty, when you know something doesn’t look right, make that call to 911.

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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

Don’t throw away those old hearing aids! (And don’t leave them sitting in a drawer.) Regardless of age or style, used hearing aids are potentially valuable. No matter who the devices were originally fitted to, used hearing aids may hold value to you or someone in need. Hearing aids can be traded in or donated for refurbishment or recycling.

Some hearing aids may have value when traded in for credit towards new technology. A change in hearing loss, need for a different style, or accessibility improvements such as iPhone connectivity or other devices may necessitate getting new hearing aids. When traded in, more recent technology can be refurbished for use by others. For sanitary reasons, the manufacturer should deep clean the devices and verify they are working correctly prior to being worn by someone else. If the technology is not outdated, refurbished hearing aids can be used as loaners in a practice or sold as a lower cost option.

Outdated or broken hearing aids that may seem obsolete can be recycled. At Blue Ribbon Hearing and Tinnitus Center, we support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and send them all donated hearing aids.
The mission of the foundation is to provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them around the globe. Donated aids are disassembled and individual components are recycled and reused in devices that are distributed throughout the world. Donated aids can be valuable to you as a tax deduction, and valuable to those who receive the gift of hearing from your donation.

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Estate planning is more than avoiding probate and saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide so much more to protect your family. For example…

Mary had been through so much with Bill’s illness. After almost a year, it had taken him from her. Then came the accident. As Mary turned off the highway she was struck by a young driver. His serious injury seemed to be entirely his own fault, until a lawsuit convinced a jury that Mary’s turn signals were not working properly, shifting legal liability to her. The resulting claim far exceeded her auto insurance limits, and even after the insurance paid $1,000,000 to the injured driver, she was staring at a court judgment of more than $800,000. Her lawyer told her their savings and Bill’s life insurance proceeds were going to be wiped out, and a lien would be placed on the family home. Mary was looking at bankruptcy. Then she learned the good news.

Bill and Mary had sought legal advice when they first learned of his illness. The first lawyer they spoke with said they did not need estate planning. He told them to just “put everything in joint tenancy.” They weren’t comfortable with that advice, and sought advice from a counseling oriented attorney who took the time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals.

Bill’s primary objective was to protect Mary when he died. As Mary was winding up Bill’s affairs, she realized that upon his death, their savings, his life insurance and the home would not come directly to her in her own name, but would be put in trust. Mary would control the trust, but it would protect the assets from legal claims. While he had no idea what claims might arise, Bill’s foresight was now going to really pay off.

If you would like to learn more about an alternative estate planning process that is producing great results for families, please visit: www.EstatePlansThatWork.com to sign up for a complementary educational workshop.

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Offered by Brian Holley – Farmers Insurance

Sometimes we just need to pause and remember. In memorial I would like to honor these Deputies and Officers:

In just the last few months our state has had three Colorado Sheriff’s deputies gunned down.

Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed in an “ambush-style” shooting on New Year’s Eve which also injured Deputy Mike Doyle, Deputy Taylor Davis, and Police Officer Tom O’Donnell.

Deputy Heath Gumm was fatally wounded on January 25th, 2018 in Thornton, CO in pursuit of an assault suspect.

Deputy Micah Flick was shot and killed during a struggle with a car theft suspect in Colorado Springs. Three other law enforcement officers were shot and/or injured during the incident: Deputy Scott Stone, Deputy Sgt. Jake Abendschan and police detective Marcus Yanez.

We would like to honor these heroes. There is nothing we could do which would be enough. Some have paid the ultimate price; but let us remember them.

Our communities are filled with Deputies and Officers who enforce the law and work to protect the safety of all of us. They serve our communities to make them better, safer and a more enjoyable place to live.

Let us also remember, to quote Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard (from the Brighton Police website brightonco.gov) “It is collaboration between police and community. The police no longer are the sole guardians of law and order; all members of our community become active allies in the efforts to enhance the safety and quality of our neighborhoods.”

Let us be proud of our communities and help serve in any way we are able.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Allstate Rippy Insurance

Grief. It is a place that has no directions, no address, no phone number or storefront. There are no hours posted for when it is open or when it is closed. In the wake of grief, one can find themselves literally trying to put two feet in front of the other after everything as you knew it in your life – has changed forever.

Since I lost my dad December 27th, 2017, I have found myself in this new place called “grief.” I am trying to get acclimated to days without the physical presence of my dad and it’s been difficult beyond measure as I have found myself leaning on the expertise of counselors trained to walk me through this difficult time.

For the past several years through the Rippy Agency, we have helped to sponsor activities associated with the Richard Lambert Foundation, a local grief and counseling center. Their mission is to provide care, support and essential resources for bereaved children and adults, allowing them to create a foundation for hope, healing and survival. In 2017, the Richard Lambert Foundation assisted 76 adults and 28 children. In 2018, I personally will become one of the statistics for the adults served since I have been receiving grief counseling and I am grateful to receive their services.

I’ve started a drive to collect handmade knitted or crocheted beanies for kids with leukemia. They will be called “Ripbeams” and given to children in my dad’s memory and can be dropped off at the agency.

In Loving Memory | Melissa Rippy

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Offered by Wes Bear, Owner/Instructor – Concealed Carry Workshop

Our February “Sweetheart of a Deal” was so well received by Brighton Buzz readers that I have decided to continue with a BUY ONE (at full price) GET ONE FREE offer.

There was some confusion caused by the fact that I had removed the “full price” from the February ad, so people had to wonder what the “full price” was… Simply put, for the Basic Training class, required to apply for your permit, the cost is $50 per person as long as there are at least 2 people attending. If you want 1-on-1 Basic Training, the cost remains $100 for 1.

I have other training programs available as well, if you are seeking a class more advanced than the Basic Training (Concealed Carry Workshop & Live Fire Range), and classes in Home Defense, Don’t Be a Victim (Situational Awareness) and Trauma Care (not just for self-defense wounds).

If you have any questions or just want to schedule your training, you can please call or text me at 303.548.4646, e-mail me at: Wes@CCWorkshop.CO or vist my website at: CCWorkshop.CO

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