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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

It’s a recurring theme… our “town” is growing. For many, especially long time residents, it’s natural to still call Brighton a town because it has, in spite of considerable growth over the past decade, managed thus far to hang onto its small town charm. In the U.S., an incorporated city is a legally defi ned government entity, with powers delegated by the state and county, created and approved by the voters of the city, which provides local government services to its citizens. So yes, Brighton is most definitely a city in every sense of the word.

Just a short jaunt down I-76, with a population of 682,545 sits Denver, the country’s 19th largest city, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with a growth rate of more than 11 percent over the last five years, now officially the fastest growing city in the nation among the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. And, whether one likes the notion or not, Brighton has been a suburb of Denver for several years.

As Denver continues its growth spurt, so does Brighton—existing inventory is at all time lows, forcing the need for new home development, both single and multi-family. More residential rooftops in turn drive more retail operations to view our area more favorably, which then also makes our area more attractive to large companies looking to relocate corporate operations and headquarters. Combine that with our easy access to railway, highway, and air transportation, and Brighton has the perfect formula for continued expansion, or could it be, growth explosion? Only time will tell, but it’s clear that exciting things are on the horizon for “our town!”

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Most gun owners understand their duties and responsibilities that go along with their constitutional right to possess and bear a firearm. However, in interpreting the rights provided under our Constitution, the federal and state governments have enacted numerous laws that create issues when it comes to leaving those firearms to the next generation. When developing your estate plan, you should carefully consider how firearms will be handled both upon your disability and death.

Certain individuals are prohibited from possessing or owning firearms. Also, ownership is not the only issue to consider. Actual or constructive change of possession can also cause problems under the law.

When planning, you should carefully consider who will be receiving the firearms and determine if those individuals are potentially prohibited from legally owning or possessing a firearm. You should also think about the executor or trustee of your estate. The individual administering the estate will be in possession and ownership of the firearm during administration. If you become mentally incapacitated, the caretakers in your home may be in constructive possession of your firearms. Be careful that they are not prohibited from possessing firearms. You don’t want someone going to jail because they illegally took possession of a firearm while taking care of you or your estate.

Always keep in mind, that a person who legally uses marijuana in Colorado is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm as they are an illegal drug user under federal law.

Remember, estate planning is a process of preparation prior to your death. It is not an event or getting a certain type of document. By taking the time to address important issues, like firearms, you can assure that the process will go more smoothly for your family.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

On May 26th, 2016, the Rippy Agency was honored to present our 3rd Annual $1,000 High School Scholarship to Morgan Sanchez, a senior from Brighton High School. Selected by the staff of BHS, not only was Morgan clearly a dedicated academic student with a 3.8 GPA, she also committed her own time through volunteering with the Special Olympics Unified Team. On top of this, she was a finalist for the Daniels Scholarship Program, recognizing high school seniors that demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities. Congratulations to Morgan and the rest of the Class of 2016 graduates!

Speaking of good grades…did you know that Allstate offers a good student discount for your teen driver on your auto policy? Not only that, we have an auto policy that includes accident forgiveness (one every three years) and another package that has accident forgiveness for multiple accidents. No one plans on getting into an accident, but if you do, the Accident Forgiveness can help keep your rates lower just because of it. In fact, it starts the very day you sign up! On top of that, you can earn $100 off of your deductible the day you sign up with Deductible Rewards and you earn another $100 off for every year you don’t have an accident, up to $500 total.

Don’t have claims but tired of your rates going up? Allstate has a Safe Driving Bonus where you can receive a check for up to 5% back every six months you are accident free. Are you IN Good Hands?

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Offered by Matt Romero

Goliath TechTired of digging post holes with those expensive augers, or using those back breaking post hole diggers? Tired of mixing cement and waiting for it to cure before building? GoliathTech Screw Piles will eliminate all that for you. Rapid installation, less intrusive, precision engineering, economical, anywhere and anytime.

With superior anchoring to resist shifting, steel construction for long life, Goliath Connect goes deep (7’) and double protection against weather (filled with polyurethane and built from 60 ksi Galvanized steel). They are removable and reusable. They are perfect for decks, home additions, (even mobile home support) fencing, ground mount for solar panels, sheds, building foundations, street lights, street signs, etc. With shaft sizes ranging from 1 7/8” to 3 ½” and helix ranging from 8” to 13” we are sure to have one for every need.

We use mini excavators equipped with our proprietary calibrated torque-reading equipment, which allows us to determine the exact tension and compression values on each site. Our expertise ensures that the screw piles and the supported structure are built to last. Bottom line, screw piles are more durable and faster to install than concrete foundations and tube forms when it comes to structures.

Contact us today for a no-obligation professional assessment of your project.

We’ll tell you why a GoliathTech screw pile solution is the right choice for your building project.

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Cleaning Out Clutter – Don’t Dump It
Offered by i Go Realty

Green Ideas for the Colorado Homeowner

If you are trying to clean out the clutter at home, but find you’ve got items that aren’t accepted by charities or are hard to sell, don’t toss them in the trash. Consider posting your items on Craigslist or local community Facebook pages in your area. This can help keep trash diverted from landfills in Colorado. Here are some suggestions to make it easier.

Go to www.denver.craigslist.org. If you don’t have an account, sign up by clicking “my account”. Once signed in then go to new posting select city and click “go”. Click “for sale by owner” then click “Free Stuff ”. Give your ad a title and fill in the information. In the posting body list all items that you want to give away. A posting with a photo will always receive more interest.

If you or your neighborhood will be having a garage sale, set up a “Free” section. It’s a great conversation starter, and some people may feel the need to buy something in exchange for your generosity, even though it’s junk to you.

As the old adage goes: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” so recycle whenever you can. Together, and little by little, we can make Colorado and our planet a cleaner, better place for future generations.

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Offered by Paul Cucunato

I want to take a moment and pose a question today to get you thinking. When was the last time you had a conversation with your insurance and financial professional about how to achieve your goals and dreams? Have you ever had that conversation? No? Well, maybe it’s time that you did. During a recent Insurance and Financial review with a very good customer, I was told that they have never had a conversation with their previous agent about what their goals and dreams are- much less, how to achieve them. Insurance isn’t just about protecting your stuff, it’s about protecting your entire life.

It all starts with making a prioritized plan and by being realistic with it. Take an example that I often hear- “I need to save for retirement, and I have children that I want to send to college as well. How can I afford to save for both?” Well, I am here to tell you that there are ways to have security for your retirement, and to be able to help fund your children’s education. I like to tell people that my job is to help them find money that they are currently losing unknowingly and unnecessarily. And I can help you with that as well!

Most people underestimate the amount of money that can be saved in a short period of time. And my job is to help you build that nest egg, and to have access to it when you need it. Give me a call today and lets set up a time to talk about what’s important to you, and how I can help you achieve the goals and dreams that you have for yourself and your family. We are right at Bridge and Telluride Streets, in the Telluride Business Park. Stop by, the coffee is always on!

“If you can dream it, you can do it!”
– Walt Disney

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Compass USAWe need you! This summer Compass-USA is bringing a group of 30 students (ages 13-16), and a couple of adult chaperones, from China, to Brighton for two short weeks of engaging international education and cultural experiences. While in CO these students will stay with local host families, engaged in class-room style learning sessions and have some local fun in the afternoons. Learning and living together builds bridges of understanding that foster profound differences in our ever changing world. This is an experience they will talk about for years to come, and hopefully you will too.

WE NEED FAMILIES that are willing to open their hearts and homes for just two weeks; July 6-July 20th. The students are busy most week days from 9-5. Families need to provide a bed, three meals a day and transportation to and from a local drop off area. The responsibilities are easy but the experience is priceless. Lifelong friendships and genuine cultural understanding is your ultimate reward when you host a student thru Compass- USA. Families will receive a $100 stipend for hosting.

You are not alone, we do this as a community and you will have a coordinator available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

To learn more about Compass-USA visit www.compass-usa.net. To learn more about hosting please contact Jody at 303-263-9032. July 6th will be here soon. We hope you make this unique opportunity a part of your summer plans.

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Offered by Breezy Comfort

Ductless Split SystemsDuctless systems provide cooling and heating without the need of central air ducting to deliver your indoor comfort needs. These systems are among the MOST ENERGY-EFFICIENT cooling and heating systems in the market, and extremely popular in Europe, Asia and Africa for decades, fast gaining popularity in the United States due to its efficiency, reliability, ease of maintenance and outright value.

Consisting of a sleek wall mounted indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condenser using environmentally friendly R-410a refrigerant, the compact design doesn’t require ductwork, is extremely quiet during all modes of operation, delivering fast and eff ective cooling. The touch-controlled system comes with a remote control included.

Ideal for manufactured and mobile homes, lofts, offi ces, garages, sheds and living area up to 900 square feet for each 12,000BTU unit. Multiple indoor units can be separately controlled providing the comfort of having the right temperature in the rooms you want and when you want it, versus a central air system wasting money cooling the entire house whether you need it nor not, often causing hot and cold spots.

They are the perfect alternative to replace swamp coolers. DID YOU KNOW? That swamp coolers are breeding grounds for molds and airborne viruses, exposing your family to a variety of health issues! DON’T BELIEVE US? Google “Diseases related to swamp coolers” – you will be amazed how many illnesses are linked to swamp coolers. Ductless systems circulates clean air via its easily accessible and reusable filter system verses a swamp cooler pulling air and pollutants from outdoors.

Visit our website www.BreezyComfort.net for more information!

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Offered by Brian Margolis

The Spring real estate market sure was sizzling! The main reason is the simple economic law of supply and demand. Inventory in April was down 10 percent compared to 2015. High demand, plus low supply, plus low interest rates equal a very competitive market.

So what can we expect this summer? Will buyers be happy, or sellers, or both? We are still averaging under 5,000 single family homes and just shy of 1,300 condos for sale in the Denver metro area. To put that in perspective, four years ago there were 8,353 single family homes and over 1,900 condos for sale!

The past month has seen a bit of a relief for buyers, as they have not had to bid against 15+ offers for a home under $300,000. The market continues to be red hot, just not insane. Thankfully, that’s good news for buyers and sellers!

As you think about putting your home on the market this summer, please make sure you give your home the best curb appeal possible to make a great first impression and get top dollar for your property. Curb appeal refers to both the in-person view as well as the photos that are posted online.

If you would like a free “Dozen Tips to get More Money for your Home” article, just call or email your Hometown Realtor The Margolis Team and we will send you a copy. Brian Margolis and his Team of Professionals have been helping Brighton Buzz readers for over 15 years. Call Brian at 720-352-0454 for your current home value or visit www.TheMargolisTeam.com.

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Susan Kline
Offered by Susan Kline

Somehow this year, even with the crazy weather we’ve had, we find ourselves beginning Summer 2016! It would seem that summer attire and all of the fun activities that go with warmer weather are in our forecast. I know for a fact, that many of those activities are in our magazine! Do read through all sections of the magazine and you’ll find many good events to put on your calendar for the months to come! We hope to see you there! Read about all of our advertisers’ amazing offers and introduce yourself to the many new businesses in The Brighton Buzz. We welcome them all and hope you’ll give them a call or stop by!

For those of you that need a little more inspiration to feel excited about summer coming, I’ve done some research to find out What’s So Special About June? And….to my surprise, I came across a number of resources that listed some moments to commemorate for weeks in June and days in June. So, if you’re looking for something special to think about as the days of this month roll by, take a look at the list below and celebrate any one of these special times.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT JUNE????
June is Country Cooking Month, Flag Month, Lemon and Mango Month, National Camping Month, and National Smile Month

  • The First Week of June is International Clothesline Week
  • The Second Week of June is World Menopause Week
  • The Third Week of June is Universal Father’s Week
  • The Fourth Week of June is National Camping Week
  • The Fifth Week of June is Special Recreation Week
  • June 1st is Pen Pal Day
  • June 8th is Upsy Daisy Day
  • June 14th is Flag Day
  • June 17th is National Flip Flop Day
  • June 19th is Father’s Day this year
  • June 23rd is National Pink Day
  • June 27th is Happy Birthday to You Day

This interesting information came from My Country Loft & Stampin’ With Blythe. With a bit more of a local touch, don’t forget to go to Summerfest, June 4th, in Brighton and enjoy all of those festivities from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the afternoon. It’s one of Brighton’s biggest annual events and you won’t want to miss it! Head downtown and kick off your summer at this amazing event.

The best of Summer Days to all our readers,

Susan