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Offered by: Heidi Anderson, Zing Specialist at Brighton Clinic of Chiropractic

I was reading an article the other day that reminded me of the year that my son went through 5+ pairs of glasses. My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in elementary school and one of the struggles that he had was to constantly push his glasses back up his nose. He did this so forcefully and so often that his glasses would break. I would call the optometrist and tell them, “the glasses broke at the nose crook again”, and because it was within the same year, most were covered under warranty. Whew! But we did have to pay for a few replacements and we had many discussions that went something like, “can you stop pushing on your glasses so hard?” As well as “just stop breaking them!”

This was 4th grade year, and it was tough. On top of the glasses were the coats left on the playground, in the cafeteria, at a friend’s house, basically anywhere we went. It’s hard to remember when you are in 4th grade and have more important things on your mind, like making it to the next level on your game. My son was capable of good grades because he could read well but his distractibility level was high and he would talk incessantly, which caused many problems in the classroom.

Do you have a child with similar struggles? We can help! Zing Performance is a balance and coordination exercise program that increases skill levels while improving daily life and function. Zing is for reading struggles and ADHD symptoms in children aged 7+ and adults.

If you would like more information on this program and how it can help your family, give Brighton Clinic of Chiropractic a call at 303-993-6092 for more information!

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Susan Kline

Offered by: Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Now that some vestiges of Spring have become more regular attendees in our daily activities, it seems like our positive spirits are beginning to bloom with them. I always feel like there’s so much to celebrate in the month of April! The coming of Spring, Easter, and my birthday…just to name a few!

To go further into this thinking, one only has to look at the global unrest, millions of people becoming refugees by the day, and needless death tolls mounting at the same time. We have many, many things for which to be grateful.

I woke up thinking about how I’d fill my grandchildren’s Easter baskets and saw a parallel with how we fill our thoughts every day. Do we stop to show gratitude for all that we have in our lives? Our advantages are many and opportunities abundant with the right mindset. How truly blessed we are!

A huge thank you to all of our new advertisers who are helping to fill our pages this April issue, and all of our regular advertisers who make The Brighton Buzz such a valuable resource each month! Please note all of the upcoming events in this issue and save the dates to enjoy the coming months in this area.

Enjoy This Month of April!

Susan

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Offered by: Scott and Lora Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesInnovative Real Estate

Plenty of sellers have visited online home valuation sites only to be shocked at the published value of their homes. Most sellers are pleased when the values appear higher than they expected, but many online valuations come in far lower. So, should you use these values to price your home for sale?

These sites provide greater transparency to homebuyers and sellers by making data derived from public records more accessible. They publish what you paid for your home and how much you pay in taxes. But few consumers realize that two homes right next door to each other could have vastly different values.

The property tax base resets for each home every time it’s sold. If you’ve only owned your home for five years, you are likely paying much more in property taxes than your retired neighbors who bought their home 30 years ago. Yet your home may not be “worth” more unless you’ve done some substantial updates and/or additions.

Between tax roll data and listing data, home valuation sites apply their own secret sauce, or algorithm to come up with estimates or approximate values of what homes in a given area are worth. Sometimes the results are spot on but they can also be inaccurate if they include properties not currently on the market. These homes have not been tested by the current marketplace and cannot possibly contribute to recent market values.

There’s no way to quantify subjective information such as how well the home is maintained, curb appeal, interior design, window and yard views, and neighborhood popularity. For these reasons, online valuations should be used only as one of many tools to estimate a home’s value.

Your best approach to choosing a listing price is to ask your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional for a comparative market analysis, or CMA. They can show you the most recent listing asking prices and sold comparables in your neighborhood.

If your home is estimated for far less on a home valuation site than current comparables, be prepared to argue pricing with buyers who take these numbers as gospel. If they have a real estate agent representing them, the agent can confirm the comparables you show them to help them understand the market a little better.

By the same token, don’t expect to get more for your home if home valuation sites put your home in a higher price bracket. Recent comparables tell the true story of the current market as long as buyers and sellers are using the same search parameters.

Remember, a set of comparables is only a guide to pricing your home, so you can sell your home quickly and for the most money possible in the current market.

Thinking of selling your home and curious what the current value is? Get your instant home value estimate now at BHHScore.com or call us at 303-905-8850 to connect with a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional for a more in-depth valuation on your home.

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Offered by: City of Brighton Communications

Michael Martinez

Brighton City Manager Michael Martinez was recently recognized as one of BizWest’s Notable Minority Leaders in 2022. This category recognizes leaders from a wide range of sectors who have demonstrated the power to advance their industries, workplace equality and civic engagement in our region.

Martinez was nominated by Assistant City Manager Karen Borkowski Surine. In the nomination, Surine said, “I have watched him fill various roles in the city during his approximate six years tenure. He is a natural leader, a genuinely kind person and collaborator.”

Martinez was appointed City Manager in October 2021. Prior to his appointment, Martinez served as Assistant City Manager of Economic Development and Communications & Engagement. Additionally, Martinez oversaw the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority on behalf of the city and served as the Executive Director. Martinez came to the City of Brighton in March 2015 as Economic Development Specialist for the Brighton Economic Development Corporation and was promoted to Assistant Economic Development Director in September 2015. In March 2016, he became the Economic Development Director. He has more than 15 years of local government experience, working in a variety of roles with the City of Brighton and the City and County of Denver. A native of Adams County, Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado – Denver’s award-winning Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy.

Martinez is one of 28 minority leaders recognized by BizWest. The leaders profiled were nominated by their peers at work and in the community and showcase the diversity of talent in our market.

To learn more or to see all the leaders recognized, visit bizwest.com/2022/02/07/notable-minority-leaders-february-2022.

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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

PERSPECTIVE – One day a man was complaining about his wife having a hearing problem. An argument ensued as the man explained that most of the time when he asked her a question, she did not answer. To prove his point, he went down the hallway to the other end of the house while his wife stayed in the kitchen. He loudly asked the question “What’s for dinner?” and waited for a response, but did not receive one. After a few moments of waiting, he walked halfway down the hallway toward the kitchen where his wife was still standing and repeated the question, “What’s for dinner?” Again, he waited, but received no response. Shortly thereafter he walked in the kitchen and said again, “What’s for dinner?” This time he received a response from his wife as she said, “For the third time, we are having chicken!”

Perspective is very helpful when it comes to hearing and hearing loss. Nearly everyone knows someone who has lost at least some hearing. Sometimes it is obvious when an individual has hearing loss, while at other times the symptoms are more subtle. Quite often, hearing loss is mistaken as dementia, and vice-a-versa. Regardless of age, signs of hearing loss should be investigated and taken seriously. If hearing loss is discovered, it should be treated as soon as possible to ensure better long term brain health. If you or someone you know is having problems with hearing, the first step is to have an ear check and hearing screening.

ON MASKS – While many people dislike wearing masks, people who wear glasses, hearing aids, or both, tend to find masks irritating and inconvenient. Wearing a mask with eyeglasses often causes the glasses to fog up, making it difficult to see. Wearing a mask with hearing aids that go behind the ear has led to many people having hearing aids get tangled in the mask, sometimes leading to losing one or both hearing aids. Another difficulty associated with masks is that individuals with hearing loss struggle more to hear and understand the speech of those who are wearing masks. This is due to both the muffling of high frequency speech sounds and the elimination of visual cues for those who consciously, or unconsciously read lips to improve understanding.

MASK SOLUTIONS – Starkey Hearing Technologies developed ways to improve hearing those wearing masks. First, for all “Made for iPhone” hearing aids, they created a “Mask” mode that can be engaged to improve speech clarity.  is setting significantly improved the ability to hear high frequency sounds lost through mask material. Second, they developed “Edge” mode, which actually reprograms the hearing aids on demand based on the current real-time situation of the wearer. It works amazingly well for masks, plexiglass barriers, and in restaurants or other noisy environments. In addition to hearing improvements, an app on the wearer’s phone can be used to track down lost hearing aids. Also, hearing aids that do not go over the ear have also been developed that connect directly to the iPhone and certain other smartphones. Custom in-ear hearing aids that do not connect to a smartphone are also available.

LAST CHANCE CLEARANCE – Shortages of components have led hearing aid manufacturers to consolidate products and discontinue a number of product lines. Unfortunately, one of those products is the Picasso Invisiblein-Canal (or IIC) which is one of my favorite custom hearing aids due to its invisible nature and lower cost relative to other IIC models. We have received notice that this great product will only be available to order until March 31st.

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Offered by: Brighton Youth Rugby Association

Brighton Youth Rugby Association (“BYRA”) is excited to head into our fourth summer season. During 2021 we not only had a successful summer season, we also fielded our first Fall Youth TRY league. High School boys from Brighton and Ft. Lupton also competed in our first High School 15s Winter/Spring season. We are very excited to continue growing our program and sharing our passion for Rugby with Brighton and surrounding areas. As BYRA grows, our mission continues to be keeping kids active and providing a safe and welcoming environment.

Our program focuses on building strong character in our young athletes and having a positive impact on the local community. Rugby is rapidly growing in popularity, especially among football families and coaches that embrace the safe tackling methods taught in Rugby. Our youth league begins with co-ed flag for kids ages 5-8 and co-ed tackle for ages 8 and up; as well as a boys high school team. While we don’t currently have a high school girls team, we’d love to have enough sign up to field a team! If you want to be a part of a league that believes every family is part of our family, we invite you and your child to come check out our FREE rugby camp in early April, weather permitting.

Practices are anticipated to begin the week after camp with games held every Saturday starting on 5/21/22 through 6/25/22. Check for camp dates and other updates at: www.brightonyouthra.com, www.facebook.com/BrightonyouthRA/, or email us at: brightonyouthra@gmail.com.

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Offered by: Wellyssa’s Well

This is a guided meditation, taking you to the Osireion temple of Osiris (The Egyptian God Asar), in Abydos Egypt. There we will meet with Asar and Auset (Osiris and Isis) who will assist us in an energetic healing ritual during the meditation. This ritual uses the ancient power of the Flower of Life.

The flower of life is a sacred geometrical symbol which holds within it the forces of creation. The flower of life pattern is the building block of creation and can be used to bring healing and to re-establish a foundation of wholeness within the mind and body.

The Flower of Life is inscribed upon the entry columns to the Osireion temple complex and thus acts as a key to accessing higher frequency vibrations within it’s walls. The geometric pattern of the Flower of Life will elevate your frequency and spiritual vibration, bringing you into closer union with the divine, and with your true eternal nature. Using the flower of life we will raise our frequencies and re-initialize our own genetic blueprint back to it’s state of perfection, so that healing may come forth for us in the present. Maintaining a higher energetic vibration helps to protect the body from sickness and disease, and aids us in our attunement with divinity.

Group sessions available in my home healing center in Brighton, Colorado and at Goddess Isis Books and Gifts in Englewood.

Call/Text Wellyssa to schedule: 720-732-5798, or email: wellyssaspellsong@gmail.com

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Offered by: Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

Brighton Pediatrics would like to congratulate Dr. Martin on his retirement this spring. Dr. Richard Martin has been with Brighton Pediatrics and an active member of the medical staff of Platte Valley Medical Center for over 24 years. Dr. Martin grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and was valedictorian of his high school class in 1969. After graduating from Cornell University, he worked for two years at a residential treatment center for teenagers and preteens. He completed medical school and residency training at Stanford University in California. He has been affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Colorado for over 30 years and has served as a preceptor for medical students at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Martin was known at the practice for investing time in the care of his patients. He felt that it was important to be conscientious and thorough, including allowing ample time to answer questions. He endeavored to be sensitive to the feelings of his patients and parents and was focused on their emotional as well as physical well-being. Dr. Martin has enjoyed getting to know his patients and their families and has been especially committed to caring for children with special needs. Dr. Martin started learning to speak Spanish after joining Brighton Pediatrics, and improving his Spanish, with the help of patients and their parents and the Brighton Pediatrics staff has been important to him over the past 24 years.

Dr. Martin enjoys being with his family, listening to classical music and jazz, reading, gardening, bicycling and practicing yoga. With his retirement, Dr. Martin is planning to spend more time enjoying nature, practicing yoga, and improving his Spanish.

Thank you, Dr. Martin, for your service to the patients and families of Brighton Pediatrics as well as our community. We wish you a wonderful retirement!

Brighton Pediatrics

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Offered by: Janine Lechleitner, CPNP

Do you ever feel like your child is lazy, unmotivated? You are not alone. In reality, most children aren’t lazy, they’re demoralized. Those labeled as lazy are more likely discouraged, anxious, or angry which may present in the form of defiance, rebellion, and lack of motivation. Despite extraordinary effort, they’re often unsuccessful in reaching their goals. They decide it’s not worth it, pretending they don’t care. Relief is often sought in activities that require little sustained effort and that offer some feeling of success. Defiance and rebellion shouldn’t be confused with laziness.

What solutions exist to motivate the unmotivated? First, remember that children want to do well.  ey want to feel good about themselves; they want our praise and approval; they want us to be proud of them! Children may say they don’t care, but they really do!

Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D., in their Love and Logic DVD Hope for Underachieving Kids, discuss the following five goals in helping underachievers find success:

Goal 1: End the control battle.
Goal 2: When the child does poorly, provide strong doses of empathy and unconditional love or respect.
Goal 3: Follow some basic guidelines for helping without getting over-involved.
Goal 4: Show them that success comes from determination and perspiration.
Goal 5: Through contributions (chores) give the gifts of responsibility and self-respect.

For more information on a variety of parenting and relationship issues, visit https://www.loveandlogic.com

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Offered by: Integrity Insurance of Brighton

There are many connections between oral health and our overall health.

Mouth sores? Persistent mouth sores might be an indication of a more serious condition or even oral cancer. An occasional sore may be due to biting your cheek, but if the sores last longer than a couple weeks or keep coming back a professional evaluation is recommended.

Acid reflux is more common as we age. The destructive acid from the stomach can cause loss of tooth enamel leading to tooth decay, this permanent damage can be minimized when caught in its earliest stages.

Those with diabetes are 2 times as likely to have gum disease according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Diabetics are more susceptible to bacterial infections and have less resistance to the germs that infect the gums. Getting effective care for gum disease can improve blood sugar levels and help manage other complications.

Did you know dentists are often the first to notice signs of osteoporosis? This condition of gradually thinning bone density may be noticed first at the dentist from tooth loss or a receding gum line.

Are you aware that the same plaque that can lead to heart attack and stroke is what can build up on your teeth? Inflammation of gum tissues is a major contributing factor in developing heart disease.

Routine dental cleanings not only are important for your teeth and gums, but may offer clues to total body wellness.

Many Medicare Advantage plans have limited dental that can help with routine dental care. Do you need Dental Insurance? Call today if you need assistance with any dental coverage!

Integrity Insurance