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Offered by: Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce
& Tourism Bureau

Brighton, CO (October 25, 2019) – The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau has been chosen as a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion through the American Express Shop Small campaign. We are pleased to announce this special event is brought to you by the partnership of Discover Brighton Colorado, the Downtown Partnership Committee, Brighton Economic Development, and the City of Brighton. This is an exciting opportunity for the Chamber as it gives us additional resources to share with our community to encourage local shopping and dining this holiday season. Small Business Saturday is about more than just shopping at small businesses. It’s a cause that helps support our local economy and promote a unique, vibrant, and diverse community. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together and celebrate the community because they know it matters. Small businesses play a key role in helping Brighton thrive. By shopping or dining at your favorite local places throughout the year, you’re showing your support for small businesses and making a positive impact in your community.

We will host a Small Business Saturday block party featuring your favorite retailers, restaurants, and bars in Downtown Brighton on Main Street. Bring your family along for a fun day of shopping, dining, and fun!

How can you get involved? If you are a local business please reach out to us with information on any deals or special activities you have planned! We want to ensure our Shop Small Campaign is a huge success. Large businesses can also get involved by supporting your community and sponsoring the shop local movement. And each and every one of us can support our local businesses by shopping local throughout the holiday season.

Check our website www.BrightonChamber.com on November 1st as we will continue to add retail and business partners to the list of participants, and be sure to look out for special sales, deals, and promotions that many of the retailers will be offering. We look forward to seeing everyone shopping local in Brighton! Keep an eye out for more details about our Brighton Shop Small Saturday event plans in the coming weeks.

About the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau has been the primary voice for area business in nearly every industry from farming, agriculture and healthcare to small retail business and large-scale manufacturing since 1955. The Chamber’s vision is to be the connector, catalyst, and champion for area businesses to expand the local economy and its mission to deliver, preserve and create a robust business community. Visit us online at: www.brightonchamber.com

About Downtown Brighton

The original business district for the City of Brighton. Check out what is new on Main Street, plenty to do for the entire family.

About Brighton, Colorado

Founded in 1887, Brighton, Colorado is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver and is home to a diverse population of approximately 39,000 residents. To learn more about Brighton, visit www.brightonco.gov

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Offered by: City of Brighton Communications Office

A wreath is often perceived as a Christmas decoration, but it’s actually a symbol of eternal life. This December, you will see wreaths placed at the graves of veterans who are buried in Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery as the city joins Wreaths Across America (WAA) to sponsor veterans and honor them through the 2019 holiday season.

Wreaths Across America is a national program that places wreaths at the graves of our nation’s veterans. This year, the City of Brighton is proud to announce that both Elmwood Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery will be participating in this program and will be placing wreaths on Saturday, December 14th.

The event on December 14th will begin with a short ceremony for each branch of the military. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and then volunteers will begin lying the wreaths on veterans gravesites. Volunteers are needed to help distribute wreaths but there is no need to sign up in advance. The event will end once all wreaths have been placed; the more volunteers, the quicker the wreaths will be placed. This event is fun for all ages and a great way to honor our local veterans during the holiday season.

The City of Brighton is currently accepting donations. Wreaths are $15 and 100% of your money will go to funding a wreath at the gravesite of a veteran in Brighton. Our goal is to raise $52,000 to purchase 3,500. If this goal is exceeded, additional wreaths will be purchased and kept in Colorado to go to other state cemeteries that do not have enough wreaths for all its veterans. Please note that all donation amounts are appreciated and accepted.

Please visit www.brightonco.gov/WAA if you’re making a donation using a credit or debit card or contact Cemetery Manager Aaron Corr via at: acorr@brightonco.gov or call: 303-655-2060 to arrange a time to drop off cash or check.

In 2018, WAA placed 1.8 million wreaths at 15,000 cemeteries including 22 national cemeteries and Normandy. This year, WAA is projecting 2.35 million wreaths will be placed thanks to the donations collected.

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Offered by: Joel Hartl, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

It’s becoming increasingly evident that vaping can cause lifelong harm to your child. Every day, there are more and more cases of vaping-related lung disease. We are unsure what is causing it, but it is leaving a wake of devastated lungs. Children with vaping-related lung disease are often diagnosed with “lipoid pneumonia.” This is a condition where oily chemicals are vaporized into the lungs and cause a severe inflammatory reaction. This inflammation leads to permanent lung scarring similar to lifelong smokers or coal workers.

Please have a discussion with your child about the dangers of vaping before it is too late. Please call Brighton Pediatrics if you have questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss this further.

Visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by: Michele Tuepker, M.D. – Premier Pediatrics

With respiratory season quickly approaching, now is a great time to share some information about croup. In its most basic form, croup is an infection of the upper airway that causes swelling of the vocal cords, windpipe, and bronchi as they enter the lungs. This infection causes a distinctive bark like cough, similar to a seal bark. It is most commonly caused by a form of a virus called parainfluenza virus, however many other viruses can also cause croup.

Younger children are more likely to develop croup as their airways are smaller, and therefore a smaller amount of swelling causes more significant obstruction. There are several home treatments, including breathing hot humid air, or breathing cold air. If your child develops noisy, squeaky breathing, called stridor, or if they are working hard to breathe, they need to be evaluated.

In our office, we will check oxygen saturation, and, if needed, we can prescribe an oral steroid medication called dexamethasone, which helps reduce swelling within a few hours. If your child develops more significant symptoms and difficulty with breathing, or if they do not improve with home treatment and the oral steroid, they should be evaluated at Children’s Hospital for additional treatment.

While croup can be really scary for young children, the good news is that children outgrow croup as their anatomy gets bigger; the same amount of upper airway swelling no longer causes problems. For this reason, older children with croup may not need to be treated with steroids.

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

Insurance can be very confusing. But if you’re like me, you like to figure things out on your own. The problem I find is that I tend to spend a lot of wasted time just trying to figure out if I’m reading the correct information.

In the past couple of years, I decided to start using experts to help me with various things. It has been life changing and has saved my sanity.

I have come to realize that a lot of people feel that if they use an insurance agent to help with Medicare, they may have to pay a fee for their services. I am happy to tell you this is not the case. As an insurance agent who helps a lot of people through the complexities of Medicare, I love being able to provide helpful service to anyone who needs it without charging a fee.

So how do we make money? The insurance companies pay us a commission. AND just because you use an insurance agent, it doesn’t mean they will tack on an additional fee to your premium. That is against the rules.

What does this mean to you? It means that you no longer have to struggle with trying to understand it all. You can call a licensed agent and get help. If you know someone who works in the Medicare Insurance field, call them. If you don’t, I am here and I can help!

With the Annual Election Period in full swing, don’t delay if you have questions.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I am happy to help!

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

If you’re thinking about selling your home, then there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you take the plunge and listing. When you can answer these questions, you’ll know you’re in the right place emotionally and financially to move on to your next space.

What is my home really worth?

You can find almost anything on the internet, and that includes an estimated value of your home. How convenient! But before you try to figure out how much your house is worth on your own, take a deep breath and resolve to remember one thing: “I shouldn’t believe everything I read on the internet.”

How can I sell at the highest price possible?

When you’re selling anything, you want to get fair market value for the item you’re releasing, and that’s exponentially truer for your house, which is probably the biggest purchase you’ve ever made.

How long will my home be on the market?

No one can predict the future, but experts who work in the industry can usually come close. If you haven’t called an agent yet, you might need to in order to get the information you’ll need to answer this question.

How can a Real Estate Professional help?

Selling a home is a huge life event that encroaches on just about every aspect of your existence, from your meals to your work schedule to how often you do laundry and vacuum up pet hair. It can be an incredibly stressful time, and a real estate professional is a personal advisor that can help sellers make the best decisions possible while keeping track of all the details.

Please see my website for the entire article: https://thehaventeam.kw.com/2019/05/31/the-4-most-important-questions-you-need-to-ask-before-selling-your-home/

Contact Dan Cochran, The Haven Team with Keller Williams 1st Associates today at: 303-709-3501 Your Home is your Haven!

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

There have been some questions recently about the market and what’s happening with it. While it has been evening out, Metro Denver is still a seller’s market. The “sweet spot” with the greatest buyer demand is for single family homes priced in the $300,000 to $499,999 range. The new construction occurring all around Adams County definitely correlates with these figures, showing that our area is staying right in the thick of things.

According to the Colorado Association of Realtors, median single-family home sale prices in Adams County remain slightly lower than the state average, though the gap has narrowed over the past few years.1 There is, of course, the typical seasonal slowdown to consider this time of year, but the average days on the market is still averaging about a month. All in all, things are still looking good if you are thinking of selling your home this year.

Real Estate Market

I would like to close by wishing everyone a safe holiday full of blessings. I know I am blessed, and I am so grateful for family, friends, and wonderful clients, past and present.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

¹ Local Market Update for September 2019, Colorado Association of REALTORS® Rolling 12-Month Calculation 2014-2019
*Metrics compiled by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.
**Does not account for seller concessions and/or down payment assistance.

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Offered by: Brighton Resident Gregory R. McMahon, Esq.

Last month I gave a brief overview of the County Court system. This month, I will discuss the Adams District Court, which handles too many different types of cases to cover in an article of this length. Therefore, I will focus solely on the misdemeanor and felony cases that come before this court.

If you are arrested in Adams County, the District Attorney may decide to bring charges against you. You will then be assigned a case number. I am often asked, “What exactly does the letter in my case number mean?”

If your case number has a “T,” it means that you have been charged with a traffic violation. You need to understand exactly what the violation is, and especially if it is a Driving Under the Influence charge, you must take it very seriously.

If your case number has an “M,” it means that you have been charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, which you also must take very seriously as you could be facing a potential large fine and even a jail sentence.

If your case number has a “CR,” that means you have been charged with a felony and need to talk to an attorney immediately because you are looking at a possible prison sentence.

Felony cases are often very complicated and can take a long time before either a plea bargain that resolves your case is reached or you decide to go to jury trial. In a District Court jury trial, you will get a jury of 12 persons. For the government to convict you, all 12 jurors must agree that you are guilty of the offense or offenses you were charged with. Depending on how severe the charge is, you could be sent to prison for many years or possibly the rest of your life.

In addition, a felony conviction in this state will very likely stay on your record for the rest of your life. This can have very serious ramifications for your future. Examples include some employers won’t hire convicted felons. Also, many apartment buildings will not rent you an apartment with a felony conviction. Moreover, it’s unlikely that you will ever have the right to own a gun again.

Therefore, do not take a felony case on alone. Many criminal defense attorneys, like me, offer free consultations either in person or by phone prior to your first court appearance.

This concludes my series on the overview of the court systems in our county. If you have suggestions for future topics, email me today at: greg@gregforthedefense.com – I would like to hear from you.

As always, the information in this column does not constitute legal advice as every case is very different. It also does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

The Rippy Agency opened its doors to the Brighton community on November 1st, 2013 and we were welcomed by so many of you from our very first day and every day since. Our agency has over 20 years of industry experience to assist you. As we celebrate our sixth year in business, we reflect on all of the wonderful people we have met over the years. We have grown to know our community and our clients, becoming lifelong friends with many of them.

The City of Brighton is where we call our home. We live here, we work here and we shop here. It is an amazing city with a small town feel and we are grateful to be a part of the community built of small business owners, families, our youth and all of you.

As insurance agents, we have a unique opportunity to help families and individuals protect daily risk to their vehicles, their homes and their lives. It is an honor to help our clients protect what matters most. If your home burns to the ground, we will walk you through the claim first hand and be here to help you rebuild. If your car is totaled in an accident or loss, we are here to help replace it and guide you through the claims process. You won’t talk to a 1-800 number about your policy with the Rippy Agency; you get one of four licensed agents; Melissa, Julianna, Rick or Isaias. Impeccable customer service is not an option, it is the only option. Are you in Good Hands?

Call Melissa Rippy at the Rippy Agency today and learn how you can protect yourself and your family this holiday season! 303.219.1470

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Offered by: Michael A. Dolan – Dolan & Associates, P.C.

The holiday season is upon us again. Unfortunately this time of year is often filled with stress, worry and over-committing ourselves. We will rush out to buy more things for people who already have so many things they can’t even remember the blessings they wished for or received over the last year. We often push aside all the things we have, and focus on what we hope to get in the future. As a result, we miss the opportunity to be thankful for what, and who, we have in our lives today. Here are some quotes that may help your perspective:

The unthankful heart… Discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

~ Henry Ward Beecher

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.

~ Frank A. Clark

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns to denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house a home, a stranger a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~ Melody Beattie

When you become grateful for small pleasures, your outlook changes and opportunities and blessings seem to open up everywhere in your life. This holiday season, attempt to intentionally create a habit of being grateful for all of the wonderful people, blessings, and things you already have in your life.

We at Dolan & Associates, P.C. want to wish all of you a happy and joyous holiday season and want to thank the hundreds of client families that allow us the pleasure of helping them have estate plans that protect them and their families.

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