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Save up to $500 Off Custom Jewelry Designs or Restyles!* 3 Days Only July 19th – 21st
Offered by Thollot Jewelers

The team at Thollot Jewelers knows custom jewelry design and restyling like a river guide knows all the twists, turns, rapids and flows on the river. You would never try to raft the exhilarating Class 5’s of the Arkansas without an experienced guide, so why would you trust any jeweler with your custom jewelry project? If you have old jewelry or an heirloom piece that means the world to you, but isn’t exactly keeping up with today’s trends, bring it to Thollot! They’ll help you fall in love with your jewelry all over again!

Joy and Troy Thollot understand the importance of craftsmanship and attention to detail because they started their careers on the jewelers bench and still work there today. Custom jewelry design and restyling is an art that is only achieved through talent and experience, that’s why they built their business on the backs of Colorado’s most talented jewelry designers.

For three days only, July 19th – 21st, Thollot Jewelers will give you up to $500 Off* your custom jewelry design or restyle. So, go ahead, do the unthinkable…Dig all the way to the bottom of your jewelry box or pull your grandmother’s ring out of the back of your closet. Thollot’s custom jewelers will take their time to craft a beautiful new piece of jewelry that you, and grandma, would be proud to wear.

Say “Thollot” to True Colorado Custom! Visit ThollotJewelers.com to learn more!

*Valid on in-house custom designs, remounts, and restyles. Excludes previous purchases, and current custom design orders. Cannot be combined with any other offer or advertised special. Card must be presented at time of purchase. Valid July 19-July 21, 2018.

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Offered by Rich Germaine, Owner, Joyful Noise Music School

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe he/she won’t be the next Beethoven, but they may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Plus, music is the perfect gift for Christmas! Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education:

It improves academic skills.

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.

It develops physical skills.

Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids, says Kristen Regester, Early Childhood Program Manager at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. “It’s like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time,” Regester says. Instruments not only help develop ambidexterity, but they can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.

For more information about Joyful Noise Music School, please click here!

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Offered by Brian Margolis, The Margolis Team

Has the 2018 real estate market been as hot as 2017? Yes it has. We have been up 9% each month the past few months from this time last year. That was the same percentage price increase from 2017 over 2016. That is incredible because prices just continue to go up. The average price for a home in the Denver metro area is now over $500,000 at $500,560! Condos are even stronger with a 15% appreciation the past few months and the average price of $353,277!

The market continues to strengthen. Not all price ranges have had this growth but the less expensive side of the average has seen even greater growth.

What does all this mean? It is a great time to be a home owner. Four years ago in 2014, the average price of a home was $349,797! Homeowners are gaining incredible wealth. If you have been on the sidelines or thinking about moving, it is in an incredible time to buy and sell. Interest rates have gone up in 2018, but the market has not slowed. That shows you how strong the demand in our area is.

If you have been thinking about Selling or Buying and or investing in real estate, call you local professionals at The Margolis Team at 720-791-5999, stop by our office at 410 Strong Street next to the TBK(Valley) Bank or visit: www.TheMargolisTeam.com We can help you with new construction as well.

From all of us at The Margolis Team, have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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The City of Brighton has a program that is saving residents a lot of money on tree removal.

In 2010, the Forestry Management Plan was created to identify what the needs were of the ‘urban forest.’ The City has determined the older part of Brighton where there are a lot of Siberian Elm Trees as ground zero. This is the area with the trees that are in the worst shape and are in the most need or removal, sooner rather than later.

City of Brighton | Saving MoneyMany of these trees sit on a detached sidewalk; meaning, it’s City property but up to the homeowner to maintain and take care of the trees rooted there. That’s how the cost share program was established; to reduce the financial burden on the homeowners with trees that have been deemed unsafe by the City. Through this program, a homeowner’s cost is often reduced by 50-percent or more if the tree meets the requirement of removal.

“So if you’re looking at a tree that might be, about $1,000 to remove, with our program it would cost the homeowner about $300 to remove,” Brighton’s Open Space Manager and ISA Certified Arborist Kyle Sylvester said.

The homeowner pays the City their portion of the cost and then the appropriate company is hired to remove the hazardous tree and to make the land safer for everyone. Sylvester says this is a crucial step to ensuring the job is done right.

“It does matter. It is a very technical job and a very dangerous job so you want to make sure they are licensed and certified and that they are ISA certified arborists,” he said. “You want a company that works for you that knows what they’re doing, is professional and safe at what they’re doing. That’s the most important thing.”

An inventory was done to prioritize what trees needed to be removed and how the process would be done.

Sylvester said, “The ones that we’re targeting are the ones that are more than 50-percent dead, and have a large, big wood over-hanging streets and walk-ways where kids walk under or people walk under and cars are parked underneath that we’re trying to get rid of first and plant new ones that are better suited for those right-aways.”

The city’s goal is not only to remove trees. It offers other programs that eliminate the cost of planting trees.

“Our goal is to mitigate the hazard with some of these trees, but also to get trees back into the right-away so we have that canopy backing our community so the trees can provide the benefits that they do. It’s part of being a living infrastructure,” Sylvester said.

Trees for that program are currently growing in the City’s nursery and should be ready in about a year to be planted.

If you’re interested in learning more or signing up for any of these programs, contact the Forestry office at 303-655-3054. These programs are offered on a first-come first-serve basis.

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

We enjoy freedom and independence today because of what was done by others in the past. What we have today is the result of the hard work and sacrifice of others. The knowledge and wisdom we have today is due to the collective experience of others passed onto us.

Nearly 75 years ago, my wife’s grandfather was storming the beach at Normandy. His photograph was taken by a reporter shortly before he stepped on a land mine. Unlike so many who were with him there that day, he survived, although with only one leg for the better part or the rest of his life, and later with no legs. His attitude of no excuses regardless of circumstance was passed on to his children and grandchildren, and my wife is passing it on to our children today.

For many years, he would visit schools and share stories of his experience of D-Day. He passed away before I met my wife, but I have seen video of the interviews he did on the local news while he was still alive. My life has been touched by the experiences of a man I never met because his influence is felt in my home on a daily basis. As a wise and experienced man, he communicated with his family and passed on a legacy of determination and hard work, because of the connection he had with his children and grandchildren.

The success of our community and future generations will be built on the shoulders of past generations, from knowledge and experience gained over long periods of time. Time that included hardships and successes. So much of the knowledge and wisdom we need is found in the experience of our elders. That information can only be passed on if the rising generation is connected with those with experience. History must be passed on.

While some history can be read about or watched, there is nothing greater than being tutored by someone who was there. One individual communicating their experiences to another is memorable and powerful. Such communication is a two-way process. Barriers make communicating difficult, if not impossible. Hearing loss is a major barrier to general communication and meaningful relationships.
Hearing loss creates real seen and unseen barriers. Breaking down those barriers for husbands and wives, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren will strengthen families and ultimately our communities. Treating hearing loss, no matter how mild or severe, sooner rather than later, allows for opportunities for greater bonding and stronger relationships. Preserving and enhancing hearing provides for greater freedom and independence now, and in the future, and removes barriers for passing on information that will strengthen future generations. Wisdom and knowledge communicated from parents and grandparents to children and grandchildren is a key to future success, freedom and independence in all aspects of life.

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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineCelebrating our independence each July can mean many things to each of us. Our life experiences and perceptions of those experiences give us an individual feeling of what it means to be free. We often think that everyone shares the same meaning. Our appreciation for the privileges we have often gives a clue to others the values that we hold dear. Below is an excerpt from a collection of famous quotes regarding Independence dayby Bill Murphy Jr.

“Independence Day is one of the best American holidays, both for what we celebrate and how we celebrate it.”

“It’s easy, however, to take liberty for granted, and to misconstrue just how difficult it was to gain our freedoms 239 years ago. The Revolutionary War was long and costly–arguably the second longest conflict in American history. While the 50,000 or so casualties on the American side are roughly equal in number to the total dead and wounded in Afghanistan, this was at a time when there were fewer than three million people living in the former British colonies.”

“So by all means, march in a parade, host a barbecue, have a few beers, head to the beach, light off some fireworks. Enjoy the holiday giving a bit of thought as to how we arrived as a country that is blessed with many freedoms.”

(By the way, did you know that the Founding Fathers weren’t just great leaders? They were also true entrepreneurs.)

“[W]e look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.”
– Franklin Roosevelt.

The best to you this July as The Brighton Buzz celebrates our 13th Anniversary!

– Susan

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

Willy and JerryLike most of you, I am the type of person that if asked, will tell you that “family comes first.” There is nothing more important I would say. And yet, there are those times that make one reflect, that hit you upside the head to make you realize that maybe you’re falling short of the mark.

Jerry was my father-in-law, he and I were very close. Over the years we became the best of friends. We would go play golf (par 3 mostly because I’m terrible at it), we did house projects together, from fences to installing our sprinkler system, we would also work on computers, from building them to trying different types of Linux Operating systems. We’d spend time as a family too, having Sunday dinners, playing cards, and watching football; even though he hated it when I jumped out of my seat and yelled “Touchdown”, he’d say: “Oh, Willy, calm down!”

My mother in law, with whom I also had a wonderful relationship, had passed away only a year earlier from cancer, and now, Jerry was battling it too. To rid himself from it, he had decided to undergo surgery, which made him quite nervous. The doctors expected it to be a simple procedure. And as a matter of fact, he came out of it well.

My wife went to see him as he recovered, and he was in great spirits. Those days I was busy working on our apparel business, and trying to finish an order of embroidered jackets. My wife came back from the hospital and told me: “You should go see him, he would really like that!” I told her that I would go see him the next day, today I had to finish the order. But as you can imagine, I never got the chance. In the middle of the night, Jerry called and said that there were complications and needed to go back into surgery. His heart couldn’t bear the stress of another surgery, and I lost my dearest friend early that morning.

All these years I have regretted not being there with him and taking time for granted. I think back and realize painfully that no business dealing was ever more important than spending time with Jerry that day. Today though, I use that experience to remind myself of what is truly important. Life is made of little, simple moments with the people we love. And while we must make a living, there is nothing more valuable, more important than making time for those we love.

In your life, today, is there someone who would love to have a little of your time? Someone you could call or visit, but haven’t yet? Pick up the phone, or get in your car, take the time to be with them while time is still on your side.

That is something you will never regret.

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

Vitamins are organic compounds needed in small amounts for essential biochemical processes. A healthy, balanced diet will usually provide all the vitamins that a child needs, but there are situations where extra vitamins are needed.

Vitamin K is essential for natural clotting factors in the blood to function. Natural sources of Vitamin K include leafy green vegetables. For a variety of reasons, newborns sometimes do not have adequate supplies of Vitamin K, which can lead to serious bleeding. The shot of Vitamin K given routinely to all newborns prevents this rare but potentially life-threatening problem.

Vitamin D is essential for strong, healthy bones. It is available from fatty fish and fortified dairy products and is also synthesized in the skin with sunlight (in particular, ultraviolet-B light). Children who do not have adequate sun exposure or dietary sources may need supplemental Vitamin D. Supplemental Vitamin D is suggested for breastfeeding babies, but, since Vitamin D drops for babies come in several different concentrations, care must be taken to give the correct dosage.

Vitamin A is essential to the health of the eye and immune system. Impaired night vision is an early sign of Vitamin A deficiency, and more severe deficiency is a leading cause of blindness in developing countries. Good dietary sources of Vitamin A include carrots, broccoli, squash, peas, spinach and cantaloupe. The amount of Vitamin A in natural sources and standard multivitamins is safe, but large amounts of extra Vitamin A can be toxic.

Citrus fruits and potatoes are good sources of Vitamin C. It remains unresolved whether extra Vitamin C helps to clear up colds faster, although extra Vitamin C in moderation does no harm. Large amounts of Vitamin C may cause upset stomach and diarrhea.

Natural sources of Vitamin B12 are milk, eggs, and meat. Children who eat a vegan diet should receive supplemental Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia and neurological problems.

Deficiency of the vitamin folate can also cause anemia. Supplemental folate is important from the start of pregnancy to prevent serious birth defects called neural tube defects.

For most children, a healthy, balanced diet is generally the best source of vitamins, but a standard daily multivitamin will do no harm if there is any doubt about an adequate diet.

For more information, visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by Premier Pediatrics

Some exposure to the sun is good for everyone. The sun helps our bodies in terms of vitamin D (bone health) and serotonin (moods). Too much of a good thing can be bad. Excessive skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun leads to skin and eye damage, skin cancer, and suppressed immune system.

UV rays interact with melatonin, a substance in our skin. If the amount of UV exposure exceeds what our skin’s melatonin can protect against, skin damage occurs. Excessive UVA ray exposure leads to skin aging/wrinkling and possibly skin cancer. Excessive UVB ray exposure leads to sunburns, cataracts, depressed immune system, and possibly skin cancer. Melanoma is linked to severe UVB sunburns before the age of 20.

EVERYONE needs sun protection! Darker skin has more protective melatonin, but still needs protection! Any tanning as well as burning results in skin damage.

Here are four recommendations to protect children and adults this summer:

  1. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen, recommended SPF 30 or more. Use water-resistant sunscreen when in or around water. Apply liberally, reapply frequently. Even on cloudy days, UV rays still cause skin damage.
  2. Avoid exposure when UV rays are the strongest (in North America 10AM-4PM). Majority of sun damage occurs during day-to-day activities!
  3. Cover up! Babies burn easier because their skin is thinner. Covering up and shade is their best protection, especially those under 6 months. Don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat!
  4. Wear sunglasses that have 100% UV protection.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “Aging in Place” it’s only a matter of time. According to AARP, 10,000 Americans reach age 65 every day, and more than 80% of those 65 and older say they want to stay in their homes rather than be shuffled off to an “old folks” home. Unfortunately, an incredibly low percentage of existing homes are conducive to aging in place. As a result, affordable senior accessible housing is becoming a hot button topic in communities throughout the US.

Traditionally, residential developers and architects have not designed homes with aging in mind. Thanks to organizations like AARP and others, the concept of factoring the needs of various life stages into home design is growing, giving rise to the term “universal” or “ageless” design. The ultimate goal of universal design is to think outside the box to create an environment that responds to people’s needs over their lifespan, not just when older. Universal design doesn’t just address functionality, and it’s definitely not about simply adding grab bars to existing elements. It is about the whole design – encompassing aesthetics and functionality. It’s moving beyond solutions that appear obviously accessible, to a more standard merger of seamless design and functionality, because ultimately people still want “regular looking” and aesthetically pleasing homes.

Even if your home wasn’t designed with aging in mind, there are ways to update existing homes to meet those accessibility needs without sacrificing functionality or beauty. And it’s much more cost-effective and conducive to maintaining aesthetics to incorporate accessibility and ease of use as part of an already planned renovation project than it is to do a completely separate round of remodeling later on. In the long-term, incorporating ageless design now could not only be beneficial to you and your loved ones as you age, but also increase the potential buyer audience and resale value of your home.

For proven expertise in buying or selling a home, call Jan at 303. 520.4340

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