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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineI looked back to see what I might have written about
last year at this time and, of course, it was the upcoming election and the havoc that was created by it. Interestingly, we’re not in an election year, however, there is still a great deal of unrest in the country. Last month’s eclipse created a special moment when we all could come together to experience something happening universally. It occurred to me that Autumn, soon to be in our midst, might also create a backdrop for a more peaceful time. Below are several quotes regarding autumn that gave me a perspective to think about the upcoming months.

“Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.” – Shauna Niequist

“Autumn is A Second Spring When Every Leaf Is A Flower” – Albert Camus

While the world spins around us, it’s very apparent through these pages that Brighton and its surrounding areas are growing and providing “our world” with many opportunities to brighten our lives. Don’t miss Lulu’s 9th Annual Chile Fest and all of the other events listed in the magazine. Try out the restaurants listed and enjoy a great Fall meal with our favorite Broncos in the background. Don’t delay….Brighton your day with information from September’s issue of The Brighton Buzz!

With solemn remembrance, we honor those lives that were lost in 9/11 so many years ago.

The Best To You This September,

Susan

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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway

Is our real estate market on a bubble? If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone ask that, I wouldn’t have to work. It’s understandable, though. We’ve had record-low inventory, record-low days on the market, and record-high sales prices. By all accounts, things have grown – and continue to grow! – in this market. Who wouldn’t think that things are on the brink of collapse, as we saw back in 2007?

There are differences, though, and that is key to determining the health of this market. There is a lower dependence on borrowed money in Colorado households. The financial health of borrowers is more sound, meaning loans aren’t being given to risky borrowers. The Colorado economy is continuing to grow.

We’re not seeing the warning signs we were seeing leading to the last housing market crash. The market is just healthier.

What advice can we offer to those who are thinking about jumping into the real estate market? The first piece of advice is: Don’t do this alone. A REALTOR® can ensure that your best interests are represented, whether you’re on the buyer or seller side.

If you’re buying, communicate what you want, and what you can live without very clearly to your Realtor. Depending on your price point, you have lots of competitors looking to buy the same house (a result of the low inventory). If you know what you absolutely must have and what you can live without, it will make being patient easier.

If you’re selling, have an open discussion with your REALTOR® about pricing. An incorrectly priced house will result in less offers, and a longer run on the market.

The real estate market is buzzing right now, that much is certain. Working with a real estate professional can help you navigate the ups and downs, answer your questions, and establish realistic expectations, while still ensuring you find what you’re looking for.

If you’re interested in setting up some time to talk with a real estate professional, call 720.371.6733 or visit www.innovativeRE.com.

Real Estate Bubble

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Janice Olson - Sky View Acres | LLC Legal Shield RepresentativeJanice Olson – Sky View Acres, LLC – Legal Shield Representative

What brought me to BBB?
I met Dr. Jim Campbell at a Brighton Summerfest activity. He invited me to attend the BBB. It sounded like a good place to meet other business owners in the community.

Why am I committed to the BBB?
Because I work from home as Sky View Acres, LLC, I would come to town for errands, but not really make connections.

The BBB gives me the opportunity to have another reason to come to town. I have developed friendships with other business owners and do not feel quite as alone running my business.

It also makes me a more valuable resource to my friends and business contacts because I can assist them with referrals to other businesses that might meet their needs.

The networking and getting to know about the others’ businesses and know them on a more personal level is what makes attending so much fun.

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Offered by Brighton Shares the Harvest

Brighton Shares the HarvestGardens in Brighton are starting to produce some beautiful and bountiful food. If you can spare some of the fresh produce from your garden or fruit trees, clients of our local food pantries would love to receive some of it. Brighton Shares The Harvest works with local gardeners and community food pantries to make it easy for you to donate your extra produce to people who need help putting some fresh, healthy food on their tables. Visit our website, www.BrightonSharesTheHarvest.org, click on Donate Produce to see the times and places where you can drop off fresh food.

Food Pantry clients frequently receive boxed or canned processed foods. During the harvest months, our donations of fresh produce, such as tomatoes, beans, squash, and tree fruits make a significant difference in their diets, providing them with healthy, nutritious, natural foods. Even if you have just a little extra to donate, it all adds up. If you’re not a gardener, consider supporting one of our many local farms and farm stands to purchase some of their fresh produce to donate. Food pantry clients tell us they are thrilled to receive fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables.

Brighton Shares The Harvest is a local, volunteer-powered Nonprofit that provides fruit trees, classes, garden space, seeds, and seedlings to help Brighton area residents put more fresh produce on more tables in Brighton.

Get involved! Contact Linda Young, our Executive Director, at lyoung_111@msn.com or 720-301-0949.

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Offered by Kyra Arnold, Colorado Karate Club

I can’t believe it, but it’s that time again, back to school! For many, that means looking for an activity for your child. With so many extracurricular activities in Brighton, how do you choose? You want the very best for your child. You want him, or her to grow, learn, and most of all, enjoy what they’re doing. When choosing an extracurricular activity for your child, make sure it not only interests them, but also provides plenty of opportunity to develop valuable life skills that will benefit them both in school and at home. Karate can do just that!

Not only does Karate improve a child’s overall physical fitness, we have had our parents tell us they have seen their children blossom with self confidence, thus improving their ability to advocate for themselves at school. Other positive benefits that our parents have been talking about are increased focus and self discipline in their children, improved communication skills, the ability to be a leader among their peers, and more respect at home.

Karate School is not just another activity. It’s a rewarding journey of the self. Start the journey for you, or your child and start experiencing the life changing benefi ts today!

Colorado Karate Club

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Offered by Kim Gieseke, Promenade Horsemanship Academy

I get excited when a parent shares a story about their child improving a life skill due to horsemanship classes. Improved focus is usually at the top of the list. With school about to start, focus is one of those skills that will soon be put to use by all children. Any sport can help improve focus, what is unique about horsemanship is the horse makes it obvious to the student that they must pay attention to what they are doing or the horse will not perform the task. With most students the desire to ride and have fun wins over the huge effort it takes to learn how to ride, focus being the main tool to achieve this.

To get this large animal to listen to us, as well as to stay safe, we must be “in the moment” or focus on the task at hand. I always tease students, being in the moment means you must not be thinking about what’s for dinner or texting your friend. Those thoughts must be put aside, and they must concentrate on what is trying to be accomplished with the horse. I can tell when the student is not focusing on the task because the horse will wander off in another direction, or stop to eat a blade of grass that is poking through the fence. Of course, the student must learn proper use of their body to move the horse, but the better the focus, the quicker the student learns to guide the horse. As a student becomes absorbed in influencing how and where the horse moves, learning to “be in the moment” or focusing becomes a part of being a good horseman or woman.

Promenade Horsemanship Academy

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Offered by Erin Young, Young Montessori

Young MontessoriWe at Young Montessori School are eager to start our inaugural academic school year on August 14th! Formerly Brighton Montessori School, we are starting anew in the same location with the same great Montessori certified teachers, and have many of our wonderful, supportive families returning as well. We are hoping your family will join us as we begin in our new yet seasoned adventure.

Young Montessori offers two day, three day, and five day programs, both part time and full time under the guidance of experienced teachers in an authentic Montessori preschool environment. We also offer a before care program and an aftercare program during the academic school year. Now accepting ages 3-6, and new this year under the change of governing body: you are free to choose your child’s days of attendance as long as they are available. This means the sooner you enroll, the better, as chosen program days are on a first come, first serve basis.

Centrally located in the heart of Brighton, we are conveniently accessible from US-85, Hwy 2, and I-76, making us a perfect option from any area surrounding Brighton (Fort Lupton, Commerce City, Reunion, Lochbuie, Henderson, etc.).

Classes are held in a quaint and charming schoolhouse providing a family feel and comfort level that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. Young Montessori is a place where children learn through experiential, hands on exercises to foster independent successes, a love of learning, and to truly self guide their learning.

Check us out at: www.youngmontessori.com today!

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Offered by Dawn Dycus, M.D., Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

The Internet can be a wonderful place, filled with endless possibilities for learning and exploration. However, it also contains a lot of inappropriate and unreliable information, making it a place that can also be unsafe for children. There are some guidelines that parents can follow to make sure their children stay safe but also have a fun experience on the Internet. It’s important to keep the following in mind about the Internet:

  • Online information is usually not private
  • People online are not always who they say they are
  • Anyone can post information online

This means you cannot trust everything you read on the Internet. People can also unintentionally fi nd material on the Internet that is off ensive, pornographic, violent, or racist. Because of this, it’s good to set some rules for your children when using the Internet. This will protect them as much as possible and teach them what to do if they encounter anything improper. Make sure your children know these rules and that they are important for their safety:

  • NEVER give out personal information
  • NEVER share passwords
  • NEVER meet someone you only know from the Internet in real life (unless a parents says it’s OK)
  • NEVER respond to messages that make you feel uncomfortable or hurt your feelings (ignore them and tell an adult about them instead)

It’s also important to teach children good Internet behavior, which means not to send mean messages, post information that can make someone look bad, or post other people’s information as their own. Limiting time on the Internet to 1-2 hours a day will also keep it from interfering with other healthy activities, like playing outside or spending time with friends.

For more information about Internet safety, you can read the article “The Internet and Your Family” on healthychildren.org. For more information, please visit our website at: www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by Kristine Waters Ray, MD, Premier Pediatrics

August is here, that means it is back to school! For many of us, kids and teens included, this means getting back on a regular sleep schedule. Below are some tips to improve sleep; try them out BEFORE the first day of school.

  • Avoid naps! Napping makes us less tired and affects the quality of sleep at night
  • Use bed for sleep only! Reading, writing, watching TV, talking on the phone and just hanging out in bed confuses our brain. We want our brain to associate bed with sleep, nothing else
  • Don’t go to bed hungry! Eating habits change over summer too. Ideally we should go to bed 1-2 hours after our last meal/snack so that we aren’t hungry, but haven’t just eaten a large meal either
  • Don’t exercise before bed! The brain and body need time to wind down
  • Keep routines! When the brain has clues it is bedtime, it makes it easier to wind down. Try reading (not in the bed), applying lotion or taking baths close to bedtime on a nightly basis
  • Go to bed and get up around the same time every day!

This one is the most challenging, but keeping a consistent bedtime and wake up time is the best thing to keep sleep on track.

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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Summer is in full swing and there are many things happening in our community right now, including a lot of highway construction. These speed limits are as I write this article in late July and based on my own personal knowledge having driven these roads and defended clients charged with speeding.

  • School will open soon. The speed limit in almost every school zone is 20 MPH and fines double. How would you like it if someone was speeding in a school zone knowing that it could be your son or daughter in danger?
  • As mentioned, there is construction work everywhere, you must pay close attention to the speed limit signs as fines also double for speeding in a construction zone. For now, the speed limit is a strict 35 MPH for those of you heading on Sable Highway/Route 2 towards Commerce City in either direction.
  • Many of you use the E-470 exit. The speed limit is 35 MPH the entire time you are on the exit until your enter E-470 or Highway 85, depending on which way you’re heading. However, that is being widely ignored and too many drivers are showing no regard for the safety of others. I can say that I’ve been tailgated, passed on the interchange when there was no room, and been a victim of road rage simply because I was obeying the law by NOT speeding. Not only is this dangerous, but it’s foolish. Is it really worth it to injure or kill someone to save a few seconds? And that’s all you’re accomplishing. How many seconds are you willing to save if it means that you may kill an entire family?
  • If you are you on E-470 and exit Pena Blvd eastbound to the Airport, the speed limit drops immediately from 75 to 50. The police are waiting and it you are caught going over the speed limit by 20 MPH or more that’s 6 points on your license.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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