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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Last month was the first in my series of articles on how immigration law is changing and how immigration law often intersects with criminal law. I now include the same disclaimer that neither the author nor the editor of the Brighton Buzz takes any position or opinion on this issue. Our job is to keep you informed.

As 2017 moves forward, more changes to immigration law are very possible. That is why it’s critical that you contact an immigration attorney with specific questions about your case if you feel that you may be in danger of being deported. It is not uncommon to hire both an immigration attorney and criminal defense attorney so the attorneys can work together to achieve the best possible result.

Last month, I discussed the President’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order. I will update you on what has happened since. On February 20, 2017, Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum implementing the president’s Executive Order entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.”

One of the key points of Secretary Kelly’s memorandum is that, under the Executive Order, “ICE will not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of immigration law may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

How have these changes affected us locally?

  • United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) have increased their presence at local courthouses in Adams County, Weld County, and Denver County.
  • There have been reports that ICE agents have arrested undocumented criminal defendants at state courthouses and taken them directly into federal custody to begin the deportation process.
  • Additional reports indicate that alleged victims of violent crimes are afraid to show up to state court and testify due to their fears of being arrested and deported.

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

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Offered by Jan Giuliano, Academy Mortgage – The Giuliano Team

With residential mortgage interest rates still low, now is a great time to start realizing the benefits of homeownership.

  1. Tax Savings: Mortgage loan interest is deducted from your state and federal income taxes-tax breaks not available to renters. (Consult a tax professional about tax savings benefits of homeownership).
  2. Stability: Fixed mortgage payments (principle and interest) will not change during the loan term whereas rent payments may increase annually.
  3. Build Equity: Owning a home long term allows equity to build and thus your home investment to grow. Equity can be used to secure a loan or obtain a line-of-credit for home improvements, cash for emergencies, or big-ticket items.
  4. Appreciation: Houses may increase in value or appreciation over time, which is as good as money in the bank. Typically, house values appreciate at the rate of inflation, plus 1 or 2 percentage points.
  5. A Place to Call Your Own: Owning a home allows you the freedom to adapt your living space to your tastes and lifestyle and gives you a feeling of permanence in your community.

Contact me or the rest of the team in June – or any month – to start realizing the benefits of homeownership. Call 303-450-1650, Westminster Branch or 720-634-2407, Brighton Office.

Yes, Yes, Yes, we are open. The new Academy Mortgage Corporation Office is open at 203 Telluride Street, Suite 100, Brighton, CO 80601. So, stop by and say, “Hi,” or call us at 720-634-2407.

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Offered by Hudson I76 Self Storage

Before Hudson I76 Self Storage was even a concept, Grant and Dawn Ritchey had deep roots within both Weld and Adams counties. Having been born and raised within the communities of eastern Colorado, the Ritcheys dreamt of creating a business that would grow and fl ourish alongside the communities they loved.

They spent long hours researching, conceptualizing, and dreaming until Hudson I76 Self Storage was born. In December of 2016, after years of hard work, Hudson I76 Self Storage opened it’s doors to the community. Now with their dream a reality, they are excited to embraced the community that has whole heartedly embraced them.

Only 30 mins from Denver and located along Interstate 76 in Hudson, their brand new facility off ers a clean, safe and secure option for all your storage needs. Whether you’re looking for a storage unit or outdoor parking for your RV and Boat, they have you covered. With 24 hour surveillance, on-site management and quick access to Love’s Travel Stop, you’re sure to love the ease of this locally owned and operated facility.

So clean out your garage, pull that boat out of your front yard and stop in today to reserve your space. For more information give them a call at (303) 536- 4075 or check them out at

And don’t forget to follow Hudson I76 Self Storage on Facebook to find out about current and upcoming specials!

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Offered by iGo Realty

Holding a yard sale is an ideal way to rid your house of clutter—plus pick up some cash for things you’re not using anyway. And although a yard sale can be held just about any time in Colorado, you’ll find that May, June and July are the most popular times of the year for such an event. To help you make more money, have more fun—and make your garage sale highly successful, here are some tips and resources:

Don’t Procrastinate-Unless you have had several sales before, you’ll find it to your advantage to plan well in advance. In some neighborhoods this is a must, as some towns require homeowners to secure a permit. Regardless, by picking a date soon and working toward sorting through all of your stuff, coming up with prices, tagging everything, going to the bank for extra bills and change, etc., you won’t feel rushed come “yard sale” day.

You can’t always count on the weather forecast, but check the 10-day forecast before advertising your sale. If a major storm looks like a possibility, it might be wise to postpone your event until the weather looks better.

Consider Joining Forces– Perhaps you don’t have a ton of stuff to sell, but you still want to get rid of some things. Consider pooling your goods with friends or holding a neighborhood sale.

Promote Like a Pro-Don’t wait until the last minute to throw up some cardboard signs stuck to a lawn chair by the side of the road. The week before the sale weekend put an ad in your local paper. List the information on local, free posting sites. And don’t forget to let family and friends know about your event. Create signs to post on street corners with directional arrows and hours to set out the night before.

Getting Organized– Go through those boxes in the attic, basement or garage and select items you can sell. Then walk from room to room in your home, identifying things you no longer need. Most of us have trouble parting with things, even if we never use them. If you haven’t used something for over a year, it’s a good sign you won’t miss it. Have your children go through their items they don’t use or need.

Pricing to Sell – Most shoppers would rather know what you’re asking for an item–thus, price tags are a necessity. Only about one-third of those will try to talk you down on the price. Price every single item, one-by-one. Blue painter’s tape and a black Sharpie marker work really well.

Displaying the Merchandise – Display your merchandise on folding tables (or plywood and sawhorses) to keep it off the ground. And organize your goods. Don’t make buyers dig through piles of junk to fi nd the gems. Here’s one of the best web sites offering comprehensive set-up ideas:,

Keeping the Money Safe – Don’t keep a cash box in full sight. Use a fanny pack around your tummy and keep it zipped up and in front of you–keeping a sharp eye and feel on it at all times. Set up your cash table near the entrance. Have plenty of small bills, change, a cash box, a calculator, pencil and pen. In this day and age, watch children who walk out with things in their hands. Watch adults who wear jackets/hats, and groups where one tries to keep you engaged in questions while the others steal.

After the Sale – Unless you have a buyer come pick up your leftovers, you will have to deal with the scraps. After the sale, if higher priced items remain, call an auctioneer, local used furniture store or try listing them yourself online if you have experience. Another option is to take a tax write-off and have a local charity organization stop by to pick up the leftovers. Be sure and find out what kind of items the organization will and will not collect.

Hopefully these tips will make your Garage Sale a fun and successful event! Best of Luck!

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Over a 20-year period, The Williams Group interviewed 2,250 families who actually went through the estate transfer process. The study found that 70% of the families lost family harmony and wasted assets in the settlement of the estate. The issue that undermined the successful implementation of the estate was the breakdown in trust and communication among family members.

So, how do we avoid our families fighting after our death and spending our hard earned assets on unnecessary battles and high-priced litigation attorneys? The single most important factor is preparation. To have an effective transition upon your death, it is critical that you have a well thought out plan that your family understands how to implement.

A common pitfall of planning is naming one family member as a beneficiary and trusting that they will divide it among the other family members. This almost always results in family problems. Since there are no written instructions, if the family member wants the assets more than maintaining a relationship with the rest of the family, they simply keep the assets. This will result in the other family members never speaking to them again, or hiring a lawyer and suing them on the assumption that you had a different intention.

Another major mistake is purchasing a will or a trust and assuming that your estate plan is complete. This is the equivalent of buying a bicycle with “some assembly required” and assuming that the project is done because you have a set of instructions and a bunch of parts. Wills and trusts are simply sets of instructions. If they are not properly implemented, it will result in a mess after your death.

Protecting your hard-earned assets and the family relationships requires time and effort. But, it is time and effort well invested for the future of your family. When putting together an estate plan you should look for professionals who are focused on getting results, not just selling you a set of instructions. If you think about it, the people selling the instructions are the ones who make money cleaning up the mess after your death.

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

NOW THAT MEMORIAL DAY is passed, summer is underway. By the end of this month half of 2017 will be over. Is anyone else feeling that their “To Do Lists” aren’t keeping pace with the time that’s racing by? That feeling is the most common reason for being overwhelmed in our lives. Stress is rampant. We have so much to accomplish all the time. We rarely take the time to put ourselves first.

So many of us have waited through all those cold Colorado months to get to this warm part of the year when we can peel all the layers off and enjoy being outside in shirtsleeves and shorts as we go about getting things “done”. It’s also the golden time of the year with opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and make plans and accept invitations to barbecues, reunions, corporate parties, family get-togethers, hike, bike or go to a pool to relax.

It’s easy to stay indoors when the weather is bad and it’s easy not to accept invitations then for the same reason. But now, is anything holding you back? Do you FEEL like going out and taking part in Summer Fun? Do you have pain that holds you back? Do you wish you had gotten in better shape for your summer clothes?

The name of our clinic is Beyond Basic Health and true to the name we chose, we go beyond ordinary solutions as far as your health and wellbeing are concerned. We are a Cold Laser enhanced Chiropractic healthcare office specializing in using painless, non-invasive leading edge technology to help you feel and look better so you can enjoy your life more.

We are passionate about helping you get out of whatever pain you are in. We have over 30 years in practice, 2,000+ hours of post graduate study and an open mind toward brand new solutions to help you feel and look better.

GOT PAIN? Our Violet/Red Cold Laser can help with that!
GOT EXCESS FAT? Our Zerona Z-6 whole body laser can help with that! (See our Zerona Z-6 ad in the June edition of The Brighton Buzz)

Both are completely painless and non-invasive with no cutting, no bruising, no downtime.

Call for your FREE CONSULTATION with us. You are unique, we don’t do “cookie cutter” treatment plans. We decide about treatments WITH you not FOR you. DON’T LIVE WITH PAIN

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Allstate Rippy Insurance

On Thursday May 25, 2017, Agency Owner Melissa Rippy and Brighton High School junior and Agent Intern, John Mordecai, presented the Rippy Agency’s 4th Annual $1,000 Scholarship to a local high school student headed to college. We were honored to award this year’s scholarship to Sara Duskin, a senior at Brighton High. In her tenure at BHS, she was a four-year track athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, Sources of Strength and LINK Crew. She will be attending Regis University in the Fall. We wish the best to Sara on her education journey and to the rest of the 2017 graduates.

Some of you may have recently suffered some hail damage to your car, home or worst-case scenario, both. Did you know that when you replace your roof, you can get a lower rate on your homeowner policy? Call or stop by with your current policy to see the benefi ts Allstate can offer.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 30th for a free barbeque luau and client appreciation event at Donelson Park from 1:00 -4:00 pm.

The Rippy Agency will be partnering with the Shields Petersen Group, a Colorado real estate group, for an 80’s themed Luau and BBQ. We will have music, prizes, and a bounce house for kids. We will even have a special appearance by Mayhem! You can RSVP and follow the event by following this link here: We hope to see you there!

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Offered by Geoff Nelson, Brighton Family Counseling

We have all heard of the challenges of blending a family. But it doesn’t just happen magically. It takes preparation and work. Don’t just move in and expect it to work. Here are some guidelines;

Prepare for the transition. Discuss things like schedules, house rules, discipline, the calendar and most of all your expectations.

Give your family time to work through the changes. Experts have estimated that it can take two to five years to blend a family. Be patient and flexible, identify areas of concern and problem-solve around them.

Allow for give and take. Blending a family is just that. Everyone has ideas of what this should look like and how to move forward. Listen to each other and be open to consider trying things differently.

Keep and maintain healthy boundaries. Identify where your family begins and ends and keep the Ex’s outside. (There is a reason you got divorced.) Occasionally you will need to separate yourselves from well meaning family members as well and will require you and your spouse to agree on the boundaries.

Don’t wait till it is too late to seek out help. You have invested much in this new family so be proactive, many times it will only take a few sessions of therapy to untangle a situation and get you back on track. Consider in-home therapy, it is a great way to help you and your family. A therapist comes to your home to work with your family. Many times clients have been amazed at how much easier it was to talk about the issues around their family while in the privacy of their home. Call Brighton Family Counseling and we will be glad to assist you in successfully blending your family.

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Offered by Raegan Polson

Are you tired of the same old landscape products to choose from? Bored with the same color choices? No time to drive all around town to fi nd everything you need? Go Majestic! We’ll take care of that for you. New products are available with exciting new colors and options. We like to offer the products you want. From your everyday landscaping basics to more specialized products, we have everything you will need. Our product quality, competitive prices, and convenient location set us apart from the rest.

Have you been looking to make a bold statement in your landscaping? Our moss rock boulders are sure to impress. Their natural beauty and varying size make them ideal for your large or small projects like; water features, creating boundaries, or even natural seating. Their unique shape makes them an excellent choice for any style. The naturally occurring moss will usually continue to grow, given plenty of shade, making it a more dramatic choice compared to other boulders. Enjoy the vibrant hues of blues & greens and the exceptional characteristics of our Moss boulders. The boulders range in size, color, and price. We love them and we think you will too.

Another natural look that we are excited to feature is our selection of Flagstone. This layered rock also varies in thickness from 1 to 3” and is a popular choice for creating natural walkways, and patio areas. The 6” wall block can help separate your borders. It can be installed with a base of sand, gravel, or concrete depending on your type of project. The vibrant Colorado Flagstone in Red or Natural can help create a peaceful setting.

With our newly opened location and new products, Majestic Materials is the place to go for all your landscaping needs. In fact, we are so happy to be open for business that we are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2017 at noon. Mark your calendars and join us for snacks and drinks. We are excited for you to check out our great location, product displays, and Pavestone® Rumblestone™ kits.

Here at Majestic Materials, we like to make it simple. High quality landscape materials at an affordable price. Come visit our location at 3355 County Rd 27 in Fort Lupton, or visit our website In our minds, there’s only one way to do business…

The Majestic Way!!

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Offered by Brian Margolis

Each month as I prepare to write an article, I think about what is currently going on in our local landscape of real estate. This month, I was going to write about how the political climate effects mortgage rates but was advised not to because politics is just such a hostile subject and how it could backlash against my business. Therefore, I will stay PC and write about our local market.

Buyers get ready for onslaught of new inventory to hit the market. Each summer the inventory of homes springs up and almost doubles from the dark days of winter. This is exciting for those of us that have been thinking about buying but nervous about finding the right home first.

What this means is depending on the price range, you have a little time to breathe to find your next home. Many people worry about being homeless. Of course, The Margolis Team of professional experienced Realtors knows how to protect you so you will not be homeless.

For a free complimentary valuation of your home we invite you to visit or call Brian 720-352-0454.

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