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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

It is a week before rank testing and seven year old Cayden just learned that he is eligible to test for his green belt. After class he runs to his mom and exclaims: “Mom, I’m testing for my green belt, all my hard work has paid off!”

As his mom related this to me, I was secretly filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment, because I knew how diligent he had been in his training, inside and outside of class. From that simple, single phrase, it became evident that he had learned a lot more than his Karate moves. He had learned how to set goals and the value of discipline, hard work, and commitment.

While each student is different, I am happy to see and hear similar stories from just about every one of our students. No matter where someone may be today in their formation; for me, as an instructor, I am greatly encouraged every time a student comes through our doors, because I know that qualities such as confidence, discipline, hard work, focus, respect, etc. are skills that can be taught and learned at any age.

Now, every so often, I find a student who is naturally inclined toward these positive traits, but that’s quite seldom. For most of us, we have to consciously work at developing and maintaining good habits. So it is important to have a coach, a teacher, or a mentor who can help you get going and stay the course. That’s what we do at Colorado Karate Club, we strive to instill these habits into every one of our members, and once acquired, to fully develop the person’s potential as a martial artist, and most importantly, as a happy and successful individual.

As for Cayden, he had a great test, and along a few of his classmates earned his green belt this past December. Which means that he is now working on new goals with new challenges. And I look forward to watching him and his classmates continue to grow in every way. In our students’ achievements we see clearly that happiness is not pleasure, happiness is Victory!

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Offered by Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Whew! What a busy month December was for all of us! While we love to plan for our Holiday celebrations, that extra added layer of activity makes every day fully packed. As we were nearing that favorite holiday, let’s hope there was a quiet time to take in all of the joy and warm feelings for those in our sphere of living. The spirit of giving is uplifting and brings purpose to our busy lives that sometimes isn’t evident in our normal daily routines. We move toward a season/time when giving is in the forefront of our minds. There’s pleasure in knowing that purpose is clear and we rejoice in it.

It would be safe to say there’s a lot on the horizon for this new calendar year, 2020. There’s an immediate impulse to buckle-up and prepare for an action-filled time. It would seem that our personal resolutions might be overpowered by the backdrop of the world around us. However, the flip side of that might be to clarify our personal goals and let the music of our 2020 aspirations play loudly in our minds to create the best New Year possible for each of us. Since we’ve experienced the joy of giving to others in December, it’s now time to give ourselves permission to pursue our 2020 goals. Best of luck to everyone in that endeavor!

We, at The Brighton Buzz, are thankful for our opportunity to bring into the homes of our Northeastern Metro Denver distribution valuable resources, news and events to enhance your lives. We’re looking forward to the growth and development of these communities that will happen in 2020. Our goal is to bring you our best effort of highlighting what’s happening and add positively to your New Year in each month’s issue!

Happy New Year from all of us at The Brighton Buzz!

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

A Medicare Supplement is an additional insurance policy that a person buys to work in tandem with Medicare. Medicare is the primary payer when you see a provider and the Medicare Supplement pays second. This means you can go to any provider who takes “Original Medicare” and you can use both Medicare and your Medicare Supplement. This makes it a national plan.

Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescriptions that you take on a daily basis. When you have a Medicare Supplement, you also need a Prescription Drug Plan to cover your medications.

A Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan is not a Medicare Supplement. MA plans in our area are commonly in the form of a HMO or PPO. They have copays and coinsurance for doctor visits and procedures. They function in networks and geographic service areas.

In a HMO, you must use providers who are contracted with your plan, or in-network. In a PPO, you can use in-network or out-of-network providers but will pay lower out of pocket costs when you see providers in the network. A lot of the MA plans also include prescription drug coverage and other added benefits like Dental, Vision or Hearing.

A lot of people who have MA plans say they have “free” health insurance. In reality, Medicare is taking the money you pay them for Part B and redirecting those funds to the insurance company to provide you with MA coverage.

Even though this was a quick overview, I hope it helps. Please contact me with any questions you might have.

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

In October and November, we collected professional clothing and racks from our community and delivered two cargo trailers full to Dress for Success, a non-profit located in Denver as part of our Purple Purse campaign. Thanks to many generous individuals, we also met our goal to collect 100 pillows for domestic violence survivors at SafeHouse Denver shelter and helped to provide a soft place for them to land. Thanks to donations from our clients, we also dropped off four bags of food to Almost Home for their Thanksgiving Box Drive.

We had another successful Annual Client Appreciation event at the Rippy Agency this Thanksgiving Holiday! Our clients had the choice of an 11” pumpkin or apple pie, baked and purchased right here in our wonderful City of Brighton. This year, we passed out 107 pies and the pumpkin fans slightly overtook the apple fans 57 to 50. We also had a variety of goodies and prizes our clients were able to enjoy.

On Small Business Saturday, November 30th, we celebrated our sixth year in business with complimentary photos with Santa by Misha Photography. We know you have a choice when it comes to insuring your most valuable assets and we are honored to continue to have your trust.

We are also sharing the gift of giving this holiday season with our 7th Annual Angel Tree. Stop by the Rippy Agency to adopt one of 20 local children from our holiday tree and help make their Christmas a little brighter. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Rippy Agency!

Call Melissa Rippy at the Rippy Agency today at: 303.219.1470

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Offered by: Dan Cochran – The Haven Team, Keller Williams

Another year that has flown by, it is Christmas already! This is our favorite time of the year! We are excited to spend time with family and friends, to give thanks and celebrate the reason for the season!

We have been blessed to have worked with so many amazing families with the sale or purchase of their home this year. The greatest blessing is that we have become friends with all of our clients over this past year.

We are thankful for our clients for trusting us with the purchase or sale of their home. We understand that they have had many other realtor options and we appreciate that they chose The Haven Team as their real estate partner. When you do business with The Haven Team, we consider you to be friends for life and we do not take any friendship lightly! We are excited for this next year to continue to create many more friendships with new clients.

If you are considering buying, selling or investing, we would love the opportunity to assist you. We also love referrals, if you have any friends or loved ones who are in the market, please feel free to share our contact information with them. We wish you a Merry Christmas and we hope that you are able to spend time with your loved ones and we hope you have a wonderful and safe Holiday season!

Dan & Beth Cochran, The Haven Team at Keller Williams

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming — so much to do, and not enough hours in the day. Here are a few holiday tips to get you in the spirit and hopefully save some time!


  1. Use shiny green tinsel garland to make your tree appear fuller.
  2. Hang ornaments from light fixtures using decorative ribbons to create a holiday chandelier.
  3. For every foot of tree height you’ll need one hundred lights, nine feet of garland, approximately twenty ornaments (depending upon size).
  4. Plastic Solo cups in a clear or translucent plastic storage tub are a cost-effective and easy way to organize and safely store your larger ornaments. Use a piece of cardboard to separate layers for a taller bin.
  5. Wrap light strings around a plastic clothes hanger to keep them orderly and easy to manage.

Holiday Cocktail Decorations:

  1. Use frozen grapes instead of ice cubes for a festive way to add a little chill to any pale cocktail.
  2. Fill a small skewer or drink stirrer with cranberries and freeze — dresses up any champagne drink beautifully.
  3. Use a sprig of fresh rosemary stuck through a couple of fresh cranberries, then dusted in powdered sugar to dress up any white, rose, or champagne type cocktail.
  4. Use pulverized candy cane or other hard candy to coat the rim of a cocktail glass to add a hint of extra flavor of your choice.
  5. Use edible luster dust to change just about any cocktail into a dreamy masterpiece.

I wish you all a very blessed holiday season filled with joy and loved ones!

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: Brian Holley – Farmers Insurance

There’s rarely a dull moment in the news or in the economy, but a couple events dominated headlines recently: The stock market hitting another all time high! And the democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

Although these macroeconomic events may seem inconsequential to us, they do in fact have bearing on our personal financial strategies. What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.

Put your money to work in a retirement plan that takes advantage of a 401(k). It’s one of the best ways to build your retirement nest egg and manage taxes.

If the shorter and darker fall days have you feeling a bit down, there are little changes you can try every day to brighten the season as the holidays approach.

  • Keep your goals in sight! Everyday, focus on your goals.
  • Know what need to be done today. Review your to-do list for the next day each night.
  • Read, but not just for fun! Continue your education with good books.
  • Go above and beyond at work. Do more than the job may require of you.

These are a few suggestions to help brighten your days and years ahead.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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Offered by: Caroline Albert-Martin, MD – Premier Pediatrics

The snow is falling, houses are decorated with lights, and holiday tunes have taken over the radio. Holiday season is here! This is a special time of the year to celebrate holiday traditions with your children, which often involves traveling to visit relatives. Airplane travel with young children can be daunting, so here are a few tips to make your trip safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get through security and make it to your gate. Talk to your kids about what to expect during the security check, especially if it is their first time in the airport. Dress them in layers that are easy to remove. Remember that kids younger than 12 don’t need to remove their shoes or light jackets!
  • On the plane, the safest place for your child to sit is in their own seat, buckled into their age-appropriate car seat. Make sure to double check if your car seat is FAA approved. Though airlines allow children younger than 2 to sit on your lap, we recommend they have their own seat whenever possible. If your child rides in a booster seat in the car, remember to carry it on or check it for use at your destination.
  • Bring along enough toys, books, and activities to keep your child occupied. Extra snacks are a must! If possible, take walks around the cabin on longer flights.
  • Kids’ ears can be very sensitive to changes in cabin pressure. During takeoff and landing, it can help to have your baby nurse or take a bottle. For older kids, try drinking with a straw or chewing gum. Talk to your doctor if your child has had an ear infection within 1-2 weeks of travel.
  • Be sure to wash everyone’s hands frequently, and consider using sanitizing wipes to reduce spread of germs from armrests or tray tables.

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Offered by: Susan Kline

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Our Holiday Season is right around the corner and our thoughts turn toward celebrating with family and friends and gift giving. As we ponder the perfect gift for each of our loved ones, it occurs to me that we all need a little more joy permeating our world. Our existence, currently, seems like an ever changing snow globe that can be shaken various times of day with a different and often unsettling outcome. One of the ways we can be assured to deliver this cherished gift of joy to our loved ones is by cultivating the happiest moments and memories this special time of year.

So, how can we bring joy to others? Several ways that come to mind is by being attentive and listening to the wishes made having more to do with non-monetary outcomes. Offering a helping hand, giving a compliment that bolsters confidence, making a favorite dish for someone who you know will enjoy every bite, and of course, a good batch of Christmas cookies always elevates spirits! Being there for someone when the turkey comes out less than perfect, but, making the best of any circumstance is a well appreciated joyful gift. Having fun with everyone even though this aunt or uncle are always a bit weird can mean a great deal to their family member close to you. A big plus to these offerings is that they’re not wrapped in paper, but love.

When it comes down to it, the simple things in life with meaning are the best gifts. We feel blessed to bring you this December issue and hope that you’ll enjoy all the wonderful offerings inside.

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Brighton Buzz!

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Offered by: Richard W. Martin, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

Cold weather means busy pediatricians’ offices and a lot of absences from school. We’re not sure why some viruses thrive and multiply better in cold weather, but it may be because people are spending more time crowded indoors, and because some viruses spread better when the air is dry.

Four important respiratory viruses to know about are parainfluenza, influenza (A and B), RSV, and rhinovirus. Parainfluenza (specifically type 1) is the most common cause of croup in young children and peaks in the fall. Croup presents with a distinctive cough that sounds like a seal barking, a hoarse voice, and sometimes a distinctive sound called stridor with breathing in.

RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), which usually peaks in January and February, is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (not to be confused with bronchitis). RSV is so common that almost all children have had at least one infection with RSV by the time they reach two years of age. Many children just have a runny nose and cough but, mostly in children under two years of age, it can work its way down the respiratory tract into smaller airways called bronchioles, causing wheezing and breathing difficulty.

Influenza occurs from late fall to early spring, usually peaking in February. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, achy muscles, cough, stuffy nose and sore throat. Influenza may lead to secondary bacterial infections including ear infections and pneumonia.

Rhinovirus, the “common cold” virus, is present throughout the year but peaks in the cold weather months. Almost half of all upper respiratory infections are caused by rhinoviruses. In addition to the common cold, they can also sometimes cause bronchiolitis (second most common cause after RSV).

Good handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. The next time your physician or nurse practitioner tells you, “It’s just a virus,” you can ask them, “Do you mean just a rhinovirus?”

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