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Offered by Innovative Real Estate Group

Innovative Real Estate Group has captured the lion’s share of the real estate market in the Brighton area for the period January 1, 2015 through July 22, 2015, according to data compiled by BrokerMetrics. The company’s Brighton office, which opened late last year, posted total sales volume of $22.5 million during the recorded period to firmly establish Innovative Real Estate Group as the leader in the Brighton area among the top 10 real estate firms serving the area.

Innovative Real Estate Group recorded a total of 75 real estate transactions with an average price of $300,164 in the Brighton area. The company’s market share was nearly double that of the third place company and more than four times more than the 10th place firm. Innovative Real Estate Group has a total of 17 Broker Associates in its Brighton office and over 130 overall. The Brighton office is headed by Mandy Dosco, Managing Broker.

“We have recruited an amazing group of real estate professionals who share a sincere dedication to superior customer service,” Said Dosco. “We strive diligently to find a balance between business and our personal lives that results in great success in the highly competitive real estate business. The majority of our agents live in the Brighton area, so they know the market, the neighborhoods, the schools, and the complexities of our industry. I’m very proud of our team.”

BrokerMetrics from Terradatum is a tool of discovery that allows users to query key MLS statistics in ways not available through MLS systems. Used by thousands of real estate offices daily, BrokerMetrics includes the tools needed to recruit agents, analyze market share, market growth, and market trends.

Last year, Innovative Real Estate Group was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as Denver’s fastest growing company in a category of companies with annual revenues of between $10 million and $23.9 million for 2013, numbers which have since been surpassed significantly. For more information on the Brighton office and potential career opportunities, contact Mandy Dosco at 720-371-6733, email mandydosco@iregroup.com.

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Offered by Pinnacle Gardens

Mums are notorious for saying ”Fall is in the air and the seasons are changing”. You can find Mums everywhere you go, however once you get them home they are very easy to kill. Mums will dry out quickly and need to be watered at least once a day, the stress from repeated drying out will just send them to the compost pile!

Here are a few tips to keep them alive and beautiful for the entire fall season.

  • Re-Pot- This is the most important thing you can do to increase the longevity of your mums. Most mums are completely root bound when you get them, which makes it hard for the soil to retain the water and nutrients for beautiful blooms!
  • Lots of Sun – Mums are sun lovers! 4 hours of direct sun a day is needed, with the fall days being shorter the place you have your mums may not be in the sun as long as you think!
  • Water, but not too much- Mums do not like to get dry, try to water before the leaves get to a droopy state. If it has dried out put the plant in a bucket with a few inches of water to rehydrate.
  • Deadhead- Some love to do this and some don’t! Deadheading is worth the time and will prolong the blooming and look of a healthy plant.
  • Choose a strong plant- Look for plants that have deep green, healthy leaves. Find plants that have a lot of buds and not too many blooms…YET !

Enjoy the colors and beauty of your mums this fall!

At Pinnacle Gardens we have a variety of healthy mums to change the seasons with you, we will be here throughout the fall season and through Christmas trees for your gardening needs! Happy Fall !

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Offered by Cynthia LeFevre

Numerous studies extol the value of piano study for children, adults and seniors. Here are a few of the many study results:

CHILDREN: A Canadian study finds that musical training for children exercises parts of the brain used in mathematics, spatial intelligence, language studies and boosts general test scores. A paper published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience determined that children who have had music lessons tend to have a larger vocabulary and better reading skills than those who haven’t had any musical training. Schellenberg’s study found that children put into an afterschool piano lesson program gained an average of 7 IQ points over the year as opposed to those not taking lessons. Children who take piano lessons demonstrate increased focus and concentration, sharper motor skills, coordination and self-confidence.

TEENS: Children who continue their lessons through their teenage years average about 100 points higher on the SAT. In 1994, research revealed undergraduates who majored in music had the highest acceptance rate into medical school, at 66%. In Hanna Pladdy’s 2011 study of adults 60 to 83 years old, those who had taken at least 10 years of music lessons scored the highest in nonverbal and visual-spatial memory, naming objects, and taking in and adapting to new information. Those with no musical training had the lowest scores. These results demonstrate that musical training can have a “profound” and lasting impact on the brain, creating additional neural connections in childhood and through the teen years. Additionally teens studying music demonstrated an increase in work ethic, concentration and focus for school studies, diligence, creativity, self-reliance and perseverance.

ADULTS: Mitchell Gaynor M.D., in his book Sounds of Healing, demonstrates that music has therapeutic physical effects including reduced anxiety, heart and respiratory rates; reduced cardiac complications; lowered blood pressure; and increased immune responses. Barry Bittman, MD produced a study which showed that 45 stress-related genes showed a significant reversal in adults who used piano playing as a means of relaxation. Playing the piano can also help reduce job burnout and improve your mood. A 2003 study by Harvard neurologist Gottfried Schlaug found that the brains of adult professional musicians had a larger volume of gray matter and white matter than the brains of non-musicians, leading to an increase in brain plasticity.

ELDERLY: Piano lessons and musical study has been shown to improve the physical health of the elderly. Playing music, according to Dr. Harvey’s research, “activates the cerebellum and therefore may aid stroke victims in regaining language capabilities.” Additional research revealed that keyboard lessons had a significant effect on increasing levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which is implicated in slowing the processes of aging and decreases conditions such as osteoporosis, alzheimers, low energy, wrinkling, low libido, muscle mass, and aches and pains. Older musicians don’t experience typical aging in the auditory cortex that leads to hearing decline. The Record.com: Michael Roizen, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD.

Taking piano lessons offers proven benefits for everyone including many, many hours, days and years of personal fulfillment and enjoyment. What are you waiting for? Start your lessons today.
Call me to get started: Miss Cynthia’s Piano Studio, 303-659-0356.

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Offered by Kristine Waters Ray, MD, CAQSM, Premier Pediatrics

The sun is out and hopefully so are we. As we are spending more time outdoors now that the rain has stopped, we need to remember sunscreen. Ultraviolet radiation is the cause for the three major forms of skin cancer and both UVA and UVB rays can cause damage. Recent studies show that the number of cases of melanoma has increased by 250% since the 1970s.

The best protection is a “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF greater than 50 likely does not offer any additional protection. Products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best and should be applied 15 to 30 minutes prior to going outdoors.

In kids younger than 6 months, it is best to avoid sun exposure. If you have to be outdoors with young infants, minimize time spent in sun, put them in sun protective clothing and use sunscreen on areas of exposed skin.

The UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm and rays can bounce off water, snow, sand and concrete. Don’t forget to use sunscreen on cloudy days too, up to 80% of the rays will break through cloud cover. Remember to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours for the most protection and help kids to make sure small spots such as ears and necks are not missed.

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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

Fever is one of the most common reasons children are sent home from school. A fever, no matter how high, is almost never dangerous. It is a signal for underlying infection or inflammation. The overwhelming majority of fevers in school age children are caused by viral infections. Most of these are one of the thousands of viruses that cause the common cold, sore throats and viral pneumonia. The lag time between exposure and illness for these infections is usually several days, and children can shed virus for as long as 2 weeks. Excluding kids from school is not a practical method for preventing spread of these viral infections.

If your child has been sent home from school with a fever, they should be evaluated by a medical provider and if it is a virus, they should return to school with instructions to wash their hands frequently. If your child has a minor bacterial infection such as strep throat or bacterial pneumonia, they should wait to return to school until they have been on the antibiotics for more than 24 hours.

Please see www.brightonpediatrics.com for more information about treating fever and viral illnesses.

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Offered by Jessica Ahmed, Licensed Acupuncturist

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The most common health issue I see in my acupuncture practice is pain, with back pain comprising a large percentage of patient complaints. Up to 85% percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, and approximately one in four adults have had back pain in the past three months, according to estimates from US national surveys.

Although expenditures on MRIs, opioids for back pain, epidural steroid injections and spinal fusion surgery are all on the rise, there has not been a similar improvement in patient outcomes or disability rates. With Americans spending over $37 billion a year on medical care for back pain, a cost-conscious, effective and safe solution is needed.

Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has been used to treat pain and illness for thousands of years in some parts of the world. Modern science is now doing a brilliant job of explaining to us just how effective acupuncture is through randomized, placebo-controlled studies, and many of these studies are on the treatment of pain.

One study by the National Institutes of Health showed that patients receiving acupuncture for back pain had significant improvements over “usual treatment,” which included pain medication and physical therapy. Another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed the efficacy of acupuncture for chronic lower back pain was almost twice that of conventional therapy, which included drugs, physical therapy and exercise.

This is not to say that these other therapies are ineffective, as I believe stretching and exercise at a certain point in the healing process are crucial when working with pain, and sometimes surgery and pain medication are appropriate options. What these studies do show is that acupuncture has a great track record in treating pain, with little to no side effects.

With acupuncture, many people feel pain relief immediately or within several treatments, and the effects are cumulative. Acupuncture is beneficial for both acute and chronic pain, and can help if you want to avoid surgery and medication, as well as if you choose to use them.

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

Time has this funny way of flying by no matter how you try to change it, slow it down or even ignore it. Summer has flown by, with the kids going back to school and the Bronco’s getting back to camp. Wow! Where did the time go? It made me think about not only time flying by but the quality of that time.

The motto that I live by is: Life is too short to be living with pain! That’s why I have quite a following in and around Brighton with people who used to suffer with Fibromyalgia, headaches, chronic back pain and Chronic Fatigue. My patients tell me how bad it was to suffer with exhaustion, to be in pain all day and to feel older than their years. They didn’t feel up to playing with their kids, their dogs, or even their spouse! These conditions were jeopardizing their jobs because they couldn’t keep up at work. I’ve heard other doctors refer to these sufferers as “hypochondriacs” but I know their pain is real. Time has shown me that Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue can make you feel like there isn’t much fun in life because you just don’t feel like participating in anything—you’re in pain, you’re tired and your strength just isn’t there. It’s estimated that there are over 30 million Fibromyalgia sufferers in just the United States alone. That’s way too many people living in pain and not enjoying life.

Well, there is always something you can do to make a change and improve your life. Even changing your mind about something helps. Many patients tell me that drugs and anti-depressants leave them with more problems related to the side effects. Well, I offer non-drug and non-surgical solutions. Three keys to feeling better and getting out of pain are gentle Chiropractic adjustments, Cold Laser Therapy and proper Nutritional support. You can begin to enjoy pain free living again…naturally!

If you are dealing with tough or prolonged pain or discomfort and your goal is a long, active and pain free life, give me a call today. We can explore your options and your path to wellness. The sooner you begin to experience pain free living, the more you can enjoy what Colorado and your life has to offer.

If you are tired of hurting and really want to get back into life …give me a call. For over 32 years I’ve treated people with a whole person, holistic approach. Go to our website and read the patient testimonials. If this article is “about you” or someone you care about, call me. What have you got to loose? You may just change a life!

Remember…You’re not really living…if you’re living with pain!

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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

An Arapahoe County jury recently convicted James Holmes of 24 counts of First Degree Murder. Many people expected that he would receive the death penalty.

But, following the penalty phase of his trial, the jurors did not reach unanimous agreement on death. The result is that Holmes will face life without parole in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This raises the question of whether prosecutors will continue to seek the death penalty in future cases.

Consider the following: There are currently only three people on death row in Colorado; Robert Ray (sentenced to death in 2009), Sir Mario Owens (sentenced to death in 2008), and Nathan Dunlap (sentenced to death in 1996).

Colorado’s last execution was in 1997, almost 20 years ago, when Gary Lee Davis, 53, was executed by lethal injection.

In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper granted Nathan Dunlap a Death Sentence Reprieve, stating, “If the State of Colorado is going to undertake the responsibility of executing a human being, the system must operate flawlessly. Colorado’s system for capital punishment is not flawless.”

Given Hickenlooper’s action, the difficulty involved in persuading juries to impose the death penalty, and the inevitable time and expense that death penalty cases involve, it may be that many District Attorneys in Colorado will be less inclined to seek the death penalty in the near future.

(At time of this writing, the high-profile death penalty trial of Dexter Lewis is underway in Denver. Lewis has been found guilty of murdering five people. However, the jury has yet to decide if he should be sentenced to death, or life in prison.)

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Offered by Jan Giuliano

In the past months I have given you many do’s and don’ts regarding some specific topics. But this month we’ll cover the DO’s and in October we’ll look at the DON’Ts to ensure an effortless loan process. These DO’s and DON’Ts will help you avoid delays and costly challenges with loan approval. Please note: if you encounter a special situation, it is best to mention it to your loan officer right away so they can best help you determine the best way to achieve your goals.

DO’s

  • DO call your Loan Officer if you have questions
  • DO provide requested documentation promptly and in its entirety.
  • DO continue living at your current residence (contact your loan officer in an emergency).
  • DO continue making your mortgage or rental payments.
  • DO continue to use your credit as normal.
  • DO keep working at your current employer.
  • DO keep your same insurance company.
  • DO stay current on all existing accounts.
  • DO contact your Loan Officer in an emergency or when there is any change to your current situation.

Your Loan Officer is there to help you work through changes that might pop up or challenge your qualifying ability. Any time you have questions, pick up the phone and call Frank and Jan Giuliano at Academy Mortgage Corp. at 303-450-1650.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

Fall is just around the corner and September’s cool weather is perfect for participating in many fun and local 5k walk/runs coming up in the Brighton area. The Rippy Agency is a proud sponsor of the Hearts for Hearts 5k walk/run on September 12th, put on by the Cardiac Support Group of Platte Valley Medical Center. This walk raises money to support the cardiac rehab wellness program and will kick-off at 9:00 am at the Adams County Fair Complex.

We are also a returning and proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Turtle Trek, a 5k walk/run scheduled for September 19th at Barr Lake with all proceeds to benefit the Richard Lambert Foundation, a local non-profit offering affordable counseling, workshops and grief support groups.

We are proud to be a local business sponsor of the Friends of Barr Lake. Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday October 24th where we hope you can join us for the Brighton Legacy Foundation Ghost Run 5k Run/Walk, also to be held at Barr Lake, of which, we are also a sponsor.

On Tuesday, September 15th, the Rippy Agency will be hosting a retirement seminar at the Heritage Room, located in Historic City Hall on 22 S 4th Avenue in Brighton. With all of the retirement options out there, it is important to know which plan is best for you.

If you would like to attend this FREE seminar from 6-8 pm, please RSVP to melissarippy@allstate.com. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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