• New chef joins American Samurai

    Chef Scott Cooper has joined the staff of American Samurai, 245 Pavilions Place.

    Cooper has been a hibachi chef for more than 10 years and was the executive hibachi chef, kitchen manager and sushi chef for Hanabi Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar in Littleton and, more recently, AI Sushi and Steak House in Boulder. He is a Florida native who moved to Colorado in 2007.

    Scott cooks Thursday through Sundays, starting at 4:30 p.m. and also will help fill in while the restaurant’s other chef continues to recover from knee surgery.

    Call 303-659-2230 for information.

  • A cut above

    Brighton’s Fantastic Sam’s has been named, based on sales numbers, one of the chain’s top 50 stores in the United States. From left, Brent Christensen, president of the Fantastic Sam’s Rocky Mountain Region, presents a plaque Friday to owners Kristine and Frank Ament. They are joined by stylists, Connie Drake, Robyn Pagel, Bonnie Smith, Char Longoria, Tiah Barrientos and Wendy Sweeney.

  • A truckload of love

    Bob Sakata, patriarch of Sakata Farms, stands beside loads of onions like the ones that were being donated to the Rocky Mountain Food Bank. More than 42,000 pounds of onions worth more than $30,000 were donated to those in need. Sakata points out that plenty of water and sun made this year’s onion crop one of the best ever. With five warehouses full of onions the Sakata family thought it was important to share their bounty with others less fortunate.

  • Festival of Trees

    Each year a handful of local non-profit organizations kick off the Brighton holiday season by decorating and placing holiday trees.

    Trees to be placed this year include the North Metro Community Services tree at Mojo’s, 174 S. Main St.; The Boys and Girls Club tree at the Boys and Girls Club, 1800 Longs Peak St.; The Platte Valley Players Community Theatre tree at the Black Forest Bakery, 275F Pavilions; The Heart of Brighton Tree at Valley Bank, Fourth Avenue and Bridge Street; and the Tillage Foundation tree at Kerasotes Theatre.

  • New library will be LEED certified

    The new Brighton Branch Library, located at Fourth Avenue and Bridge street, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.

    The new building has been designed to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED silver certified. LEED Certification considers how well a building reduces negative impact on the environment and how it prevents energy waste.

    Geothermal energy use is one way that the Brighton Library is reducing energy use. By reaching below the surface of the ground, the library is able to use the heat inside the Earth to warm and cool the building.

  • Platte Valley Medical celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week

    Since moving to the new hospital location almost a year and a half ago, Platte Valley Medical Center has brought the very latest in technology to the community. In the Surgical Services Department, this is apparent through the highly acclaimed surgical suites, operating rooms of the future, where surgeons are now able to perform minimally invasive surgeries using a network of voice-controlled, high-definition medical devices.

    As a result, area residents have benefited from this

    technological advancement.

  • More Music opens in Brighton

    More Music for Brighton provides a source of training and equipping musicians in our community. MMB provides for the need of band students in our schools with reeds, mouthpieces, accessories and instrument repairs.

    Guitarists can find strings, picks, straps, effects pedals, and amplifiers for their instruments as well as guitar instructors that can teach all styles of playing from rock to country to gospel music.

    Drummers can find sticks, drum heads, pedals, stands and percussion instruments, as well as lessons.

  • Orthodonist’s office supports breast cancer awareness month

    BRIGHTON — Local orthodontist Rex Johnson thinks he can spend the next 11 months of the year convincing people of the importance of straight teeth.

    So he didn’t feel too bad when his Eighth Avenue office staff decided to forgo celebrating October as National Orthodontic Awareness Month to support another cause.

    “Nobody dies from crooked teeth,” Johnson said.