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Susan Kline
Offered by Susan Kline

When I thought about writing this, all I had to do is view our local and national happenings and tap into the energy that surrounds us. How about those Broncos!!!!!! By the time you get this, we’ll all be very anxious for Super Bowl game day to come and channeling our team spirit to our mighty team and its players and coaches. They’ve given it their all this season and are about to work toward becoming World Champions. It took a lot of heart to get to this place in time. I hope our combined spirit will carry them to victory!

Turning on the news each day, our politicians of both parties are passionately working toward becoming their party’s candidate for President. Without passion/heart for what they’re feeling and doing, no one will want to follow them and support their plans for the future of our country. Going forward, that passion and an excitement for their focus and issues will carry those candidates to the coming election.

Our February issue of The Brighton Buzz has a lot of heartfelt advertisers in it with a passion for what they do. This was an exciting issue to put together as I was able to meet a number of new advertisers and there are a lot of events coming in the next few months. From getting the perfect gift for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day to taking care of personal or business needs, there is a business in this issue of the magazine to make your life better. I’m impressed with a number of the articles that express the messages of our advertisers as well. I hope you find reading this as inspiring as it was for us to put it together.

I have a small plaque that I read regularly before I leave my home. Maybe this sentiment will help you move forward in all that you do….”Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Have a heartwarming February!

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Offered by Innovative Real Estate Group

In 2015 the Denver area saw a lot of records set. We saw the highest ever average sales price for both attached and detached single family homes. For attached it was $279,495 and for detached it was $421,201.

The metro area experienced 67% of homes go under contract in 7 days or less in April 2015 setting a new record. All of this while having the lowest levels of inventory recorded for both attached and detached single family homes with a 1 month supply of homes in early spring of 2015.

So what does this mean for 2016? With this being an election year, we may see heavier buying traffic through the third quarter before the November election. This also looks like the year that the interest rates will go up so buyers will be taking advantage of the low rates while they can.

Homeowners, this means that it is still a very good time to sell your home as we may start to see appreciation values slow down this year after having three consecutive years of double digit appreciation.

If you would like to know the value of your home please call Innovative Real Estate at 720-371-6733 for a free market analysis.

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Offered by Advanced Urgent Care

It can be frightening when a sudden illness or injury occurs, especially when your regular doctor is not available. When you are in need of care right away, the Emergency Room might seem like the natural choice. However, if it is not a true emergency, you may save time and money by going to an Urgent Care Clinic. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, 27 percent of ER visits could take place at an Urgent Care facility.

Urgent Care Clinics treat minor emergencies including:

  • Sprains/Broken Bones, Flu/Colds, Sinus, Ear, Eye and Other Infections, Allergic Reactions, Cuts/Wounds/Stitches

Emergency Rooms treat life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart Attack/Chest Pain, Severe Shortness of Breath, Uncontrolled Bleeding, Loss of Consciousness, Signs of Stroke, Poisoning

Knowing where to go can save your family time and money. Typical wait times at Urgent Care Clinics are substantially less than Emergency Rooms, and costs can be as much as 80 percent less. A visit to the ER typically costs $1,000 or more, whereas average costs for an Urgent Care Clinic visit are usually around $155.

Urgent Care Clinics may also off er additional services such as x-ray, lab testing, sports physicals, worker’s comp injury treatment, along with immunizations and vaccinations for a number of diseases.

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has three Urgent Care Clinic locations to serve you and treat your minor emergencies. Our clinics are also staff ed with highly qualified and compassionate professionals.

For more information about our clinics, visit www.advurgent.com.

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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

The holidays are a wonderful time to travel and see family. Sometimes the disruption to a young child’s routine can cause problems when you get home. One of the most common problems is with your child’s sleep. Young children (and adults) have trouble sleeping in new environments. It usually takes 2-3 days in a location before they are sleeping comfortably. When you return home, it can take 2-3 more days to readjust to being back at home.

The biggest thing you can do is try to continue their routine while you travel. A recommended routine usually includes a 30-45 minute wind-down period, brushing teeth, bathing every other day, reading a story before bed and then lights out at the same time each night. Some young children have trouble staying asleep. You should go back in and comfort them, but try not to pick them up, feed them or interact much with them. Just let your presence calm them and when they are calm you can leave the room again.

Please see our website www.brightonpeds.com for more information about getting a good night’s sleep. We hope you had a Happy Holiday and are wishing you a healthy New Year from Brighton Pediatrics!

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Offered by Gypsy Rain Salon

Do you want to help your best furry friend fight against allergies and arthritis? Acupressure is the answer. Acupressure is the needle free version of acupuncture and is just as effective.

Acupressure helps your furry friend build up their own immune system which helps them fight against disease. Acupressure helps with the pain that aging friends develop. Acupressure also helps your furry friend with any emotional issues that may occur down the road. If you are moving or having a new baby it is a good idea to start an acupressure schedule with your friend, it helps them adjust easier to the changes that will be coming in their lives.

Acupressure will help in many aspects of your furry friend’s life and helps make your life better as well.

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Offered by Jessica Ahmed, Licensed Acupuncturist

Happy New Year! On January 1st of every year, there is a surge of hope and optimism that, according to recent research, drives 45% of us to make resolutions including weight loss (#1 most popular), getting organized (#2) and spending less/saving more money (#3). Often by mid-February, frustrated that we have not achieved our goals and disappointed by our setbacks, we abandon our resolutions altogether. Since only 8% of resolution-makers are successful in achieving their goals, it sounds like a lot of us could use a little help. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Set realistic goals.
While you may *want* to lose ten pounds each month for the next six months, that sort of weight loss would require extreme changes in diet and lifestyle. In addition, when we alter our habits too drastically in a short period of time, we run the risk of falling back into old, comfortable patterns. Aiming for more realistic and sustainable goals will help create longterm success.

Write down your goals.
People who record every single thing they eat are more likely to make healthy food choices than those who do not. Similarly, writing down goals in other areas makes them more real. Step it up a level and work backward from your end goal, setting deadlines for small, manageable tasks that will help you hit your target.

Create a support system.
Team up with a friend or family member who has a similar goal, and work together toward achieving it. You can also set up a regularly scheduled call with someone you trust to be reliable and honest with you about your progress, or you can do what I do and have text message check-ins. In my own life, I am striving to be more physically active, so I have a friend send me texts asking about my exercise plan for the week, and then I check in with her once my workouts are completed. It helps me plan my exercise in advance, and the embarrassment of my friend seeing me have a lazy week often gets to me to put on my workout clothes, and the rest is easy from there!

Get professional help.
Whether you want to be more financially secure, a better cook, or rid your body of aches and pains (feel free to call me for help with that one!), consider hiring someone who gets paid to be an expert in that field. Investing a little money as well as time makes your commitment more serious, and having a pro as your guide increases the likelihood of success by giving you an extra level of accountability.

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

HAPPY 2016! I’M AMAZED at how fast 2015 flew by. It seems like there is never enough time to be, do and have all the things that are on our never ending lists! So, here we go again. Have you set some goals to aim for in 2016? Are you thinking about making some changes in your life? How about feeling and looking better this year? How about getting out of pain?

As a holistic practitioner and natural health care advocate, my passion is to help you reach your health goals. Do you have health goals? It’s January and the perfect time to look at your current level of health and well being. If you have good health and are pain free then you’ve got a good foundation to pursue the life of your dreams. If not, why wait for another year to do something about it?

I am here to personally assist you and your family with your health and wellness goals. I can get you out of pain, help you start feeling better and support you in staying on the road to better health… Naturally! We’re all bombarded with advertisements that tell us what drug to “ask your Doctor” for. But I believe you should really be asking yourself: “Why do I hurt?” or “Why do I have these nagging complaints in the first place?” That’s where I come in. I don’t prescribe drugs or do surgery. I offer you a personal in depth assessment of YOU, the individual, and an important direct connection to ME and my 32+ years of practice experience and the excellent results I achieve.

With over 2,000 hours of post graduate study, I specialize in natural health care solutions and pain relief using Chiropractic adjustments, Cold Laser Therapy, Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition. Are you tired of living with pain, having no energy, lacking sleep and even struggling with your weight? Let’s talk pain free, natural solutions that will get you results. I know what works! With a wide choice of methods and specialties to draw on, my 2016 goal is to help you here in the Brighton and Adams county communities have an enjoyable and pain free year ahead.

You are a unique person that deserves solutions. Call me and let’s work together to make 2016 your best year yet!

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Offered by Janine Lechleitner, CPNP of Premier Pediatrics

While influenza rates remain low nationwide so far this year, we are not “out of the woods” yet. Influenza season is typically from fall through spring, and may wax and wane throughout that time period. The “fl u”, or influenza, is a virus that can cause serious illness, especially in the young, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. There are several strains of the influenza that exist, and the strains may change from year to year. All influenza viruses, however, cause respiratory illness.

Typical symptoms of infl uenza include:

  • acute onset of high fever
  • chills
  • body aches
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • dry cough
  • stuff y/runny nose
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the influenza vaccine yearly. If you have not received a vaccine this season, it is not too late and still recommended.

Regardless of whether you receive the influenza vaccine, there are several way to help keep the influenza virus from spreading. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. Do not share cups, utensils, toothbrushes, or other like items. Wash cups, dishes, and utensils in hot soapy water or the dishwasher.

If you or your child develop signs of the influenza, call your doctor. Children especially need to be seen if they are young (under 3-4 months of age) and have a high fever, have rapid breathing or are struggling to breath, will not drink anything or cannot keep any fluids down, are hard to arouse, or look very sick.

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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

When you check your mail, you expect to find bills, junk mail, maybe even something personal. The letter you don’t expect or want is a letter informing you that you ran a red light and were caught on camera.

While every jurisdiction is different, the usual options are to pay the fine or go to court and fight the ticket. This use of these cameras remains a topic of debate all over the nation.

Proponents of Red Light Cameras:
Proponents cite university and government studies concluding that red light cameras have reduced accidents as drivers are more reluctant to run a red light knowing that a large fine may result. Proponents also argue that by reducing the number of people running red lights, many injuries and deaths have been prevented.

Critics of Red Light Cameras:
Some jurisdictions contract out the red light cameras to private companies. Critics say that this is not fair as some of the private companies make money based on how many tickets are issued. Some feel that at intersections where red light cameras are installed, the yellow light has been shortened in order to issue more tickets. Shortening the yellow light may cause safety hazards.

The red light camera ticket will go to the registered owner of the vehicle. Sometimes, the registered owner was not driving the vehicle when the red light was run. It could have been a spouse, child, or even a valet parking attendant who ran the red light.

This debate will undoubtedly continue across the nation.

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

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Offered by Central Colorado Tax Services, LLC

Central Colorado Tax Services, LLC wants to make life a little easier for workers by alerting them about a special tax credit that can put money in their pockets. “EITC is a tax benefi t for working people and their families and it allows more dollars to fl ow into our community. It’s money workers can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills” said Sandra Chessmore. “We want workers who may qualify for EITC to have all the information they need to get the EITC and get it right.”

Join the millions who received the EITC. In 2015, the credit returned more than $65 billion dollars to about 27 million workers. Statistic for Colorado Tax Returns with EITC: Number of EITC claims were 351K, Total EITC amount $772M and the Average EITC amount was $2,200. (Source-Calendar Year Report. June 2015, www.eitc.irs.gov/EITCCentral/eitcstats) The amount of EITC varies by income, family size and filing status. It can mean up to 503 dollars in EITC for people without a qualifying child, and up to $6,242 for those with three or more qualifying children. On the average EITC adds 24 hundred dollars to refunds.

If you qualify for EITC, you must fi le a tax return, even if you have no tax to pay, to claim the credit. Workers should know you earned it, now file, claim it and get it. With the exception of some who receive certain disability income, you must work for someone, or run your own business or farm to qualify for EITC. Workers who made less than $53,267 should see if they qualify for EITC using the EITC Assistant tool at www.irs.gov/eitc. This 2015 tax year version of this tool is available January 2016.

For more information and to see if you qualify contact Central Colorado Tax Services, LLC at (303) 862-8903 or email at centralcoloradotaxservicesllc@gmail.com

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