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Grease Monkey International, LLC (GMI LLC), one of the nation’s largest independent franchisors of automotive quick lube centers, not owned by an oil company, announced it will now use a new business name, FullSpeed Automotive™. “This new name better reflects the diversity of the Company’s automotive service brands and continues to inspire its terrific growth trajectory”, remarked John B. Adams, GMI LLC President and CEO.

While the Company’s business name has changed, its Mission remains the same: “Driven to perform, so our customers and their vehicles can too!”. The brands covered by FullSpeed Automotive include: Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee®, LubePro’s® and Monkey Shine®, as well as 40+ Havoline® xpress lube® locations “Driven by Grease Monkey” in Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. To celebrate the new name, along with its recent relocation of its Franchise Support Center, FullSpeed Automotive hosted an Open House yesterday.

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About FullSpeed Automotive™

Grease Monkey International, LLC, headquartered in the Denver, Colorado area, is now doing business as FullSpeed Automotive and is parent company to: the Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee® and LubePro’s® quick lube brands as well as the Monkey Shine car wash brand.

FullSpeed Automotive also operates Havoline® xpress lube® locations as part of its Retail Operations Division. In total, the company serves millions of customers globally, with over 450 units within North & South America and overseas. The new parent company name draws on the customer appeal of its quick lube brands, all of which emphasize speed of professional service while also providing expert recommendations for additional automotive maintenance and repair needs.

About Grease Monkey®

Founded in 1978 and, part the FullSpeed Automotive™ family of brands, Grease Monkey is one of the largest automotive quick lube franchisors – not owned by a major oil company – with more than 300 centers currently located in the United States, Mexico, South America, China, and Saudi Arabia. Grease Monkey centers focus on providing a “less hassle, more hustle” customer experience to fit the busy lives of the driving public by meeting their vehicle maintenance needs. Grease Monkey is also proud to have received the VetFran 5‐Star rating demonstrating its extraordinary commitment to “provide access and opportunities in franchising to our Nation’s Veterans and their Spouses”. For more information, go to www.greasemonkeyintl.com.

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc., in partnership with Freshwater Investments, finalized the acquisition of Lamplight Square at the Park Apartments in Colorado Springs on September 6th.



“Lamplight Square at The Park presents a well-located, value-add opportunity within the highly sought after northern submarket of Colorado Springs. Situated along Erindale Park, the community provides a park-like setting with unobstructed mountain views, while conveniently located off of N. Academy Boulevard for immediate access to shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation,” says William J. Hybl Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing. “Due to its favorable location, market positioning and our management team's focus on operations and capital improvements, Lamplight should prove a solid investment for our partners.”

Alex Rozenfeld, Principle of Freshwater Investments, states: “We have a long-standing relationship with Griffis/Blessing and rely on them to manage all of our Colorado properties. The Lamplight Square acquisition, however, has marked the beginning of a new level of partnership between our firms as we combined our resources to buy this property. This is certainly a milestone worth noting and celebrating by our investors as it puts Freshwater on a trajectory towards bigger and better acquisitions. High-potential properties like Lamplight are unique and rare, so adding it to our portfolio is a huge accomplishment, but we’re not resting on our laurels and are already seeking new opportunities for our investors.”

Built in 1984, Lamplight Square at The Park consists of 280 apartment homes with four floor plans and an average unit size of 723 square feet. One bedrooms range in size from 550-685 SF, while two bedrooms range from 805-960 SF. Each apartment home has a washer and dryer, central air conditioning, a private balcony or patio, walk-in closets, ample storage and a vaulted ceiling in select units. Community amenities include a clubhouse with leasing office and business center, 24-hr fitness center, coffee bar, swimming pool, spa, bbq/picnic area, courtyard and ample covered parking. Additionally, the property sits adjacent to Erindale Park with biking and walking trails, adding to the appeal of the site.

Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services of Griffis/Blessing states, “This community is ideally positioned for our value-add strategies of unit interior improvements including new appliances, fixtures and countertops in the kitchen and bath as well as the replacement of carpet with plank flooring in select areas. We plan to upgrade the indoor/outdoor pool area to a more resort-style atmosphere and update the fitness area and equipment. We will also be renaming the community as part of the rebranding plan.”

Penny Gettler, CAM will serve as the District Manager for the community, with day-to-day operations headed by the on-site manager, Jennifer Ruth.

The property was purchased for $41.1 million. CB was the listing broker, and Brady O’Donnell of CBRE arranged the FMAC mortgage.

Freshwater Investments is a California based real estate investment firm creating opportunities for private and institutional investors to diversify portfolios and gain attractive returns through co-ownership of multifamily housing properties.

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with additional offices in Denver. Griffis/Blessing currently manages over four and a half million square feet of commercial space and more than 8,700 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.



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The ER Specialists Urgency Center just south of Powers and Union Blvds, is a new Urgent Care Facility that has recently opened its doors in Colorado Springs, CO. ER Specialists Urgency Center was established by a group of experienced emergency room doctors, with an aim of providing fast, affordable and attentive urgent care in Colorado Springs in a calmer, more affordable and more pleasant environment than that of a hospital emergency room.

The team of doctors assisted by the trained and experienced staff offers medical care and on-site medicine for headaches, head injuries, chest and abdominal pain, fevers, difficulty breathing, asthma, broken bones and lacerations and many other health problems.  The doctors are equipped with in-house labs and are assisted by a team of highly skilled nurses, technicians and staff, whose main objective is to ensure that the patients are comfortable throughout their visit.

With local Colorado Springs Emergency Room waiting times approaching 6 hours during peak times, ER Specialists Urgency Center often has no wait time at all, adding to the patient’s speedy examination, diagnosis and treatment.
The Doctors at ER Specialists Urgency Center want people to have a different and positive experience when they get urgent care in Colorado Springs . On arrival, the patient will be welcomed by the comfortable reception area with friendly and attentive front-desk personnel ready to assist them in obtaining care. If there is a brief wait and before a doctor is available to attend to them,  the reception area offers charging stations, a coffee bar, and comfortable seating.  Every patient is given a rapid evaluation by the board-certified physicians with ER-trained staff in a comfortable and private exam room.

The Colorado Springs Urgent Care facility is equipped with in-house X-ray and CT scan located steps from the exam room, as well as bedside ultrasound, with rapid interpretation by board certified radiologists. This allows doctors to have most in-house labs performed at the facility with results provided in minutes. Throughout their stay, patients and their attendants enjoy a quiet and comfortable environment which has been designed to provide expedited, high-quality care delivered with kindness and compassion. There is also an on-site, expansive pharmacy that offers medicines for pain control and treating symptoms, getting patients back to health quickly.

Furthermore, for patients, who are found to require admission to the hospital or more specialized care as an inpatient, ER Specialists Urgency Center will arrange ambulance transport and admission.

About: ER Specialists Urgency Center in Colorado Springs is a new way of caring for sudden illnesses and injuries. The physicians and staff, with specialized training in emergency medicine, care for patients of all ages with medical problems including headaches, head injuries, chest and abdominal pain, fevers, difficulty breathing, asthma, broken bones and lacerations and many other problems. For more information, please visit: https://erspecialistsuc.com/

ER Specialists Urgency Center
4194 Royal Pine Dr, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(719) 522-2727

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The team of IT experts from Amnet is proud to announce that they will serving as the beverage sponsor for the upcoming Parade of Homes Awards Banquet hosted by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs on Tuesday, August 29th in Colorado Springs.

The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs hosts the annual Parade of Homes every summer as a way for members to showcase stunning homes to the public and prospective buyers. The Parade of Homes serves as a display of local, high quality homes, with premium features and dynamic floor plans. At the end of each year’s parade, an Awards Banquet is held to recognize industry and viewer favorites.

The 2017 Parade of Homes Awards Banquet will take place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The event theme is Vintage Hollywood and will include a reception and dinner with an awards ceremony to follow. Amnet will be providing the house beverages and is excited to be supporting the companies involved in celebration of their successes.

“We’re excited to sponsor this event because the home building and construction sector is very important to Amnet,” says CEO, Trevor Dierdorff. “We already provide IT support to a variety of local construction companies and building associations and we’ve become accustomed to how they work and what things are most important to them.”

“We’re serving as the beverage sponsor for this event because we want to continue building strong relationships with the larger construction community in Colorado Springs,” continues Dierdorff. “We’ll be there with them to celebrate this event, offer them a drink, and reassure them that they can always reach out to us for IT support and strategy that is tailored to suit construction industry demands.”

Trevor Dierdorff is available for an immediate interview about Amnet’s commitment to actively supporting the Colorado Springs construction industry.

About Amnet

Amnet is a leading IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) that businesses throughout Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo trust to maintain and optimize their IT environments. With a focused vision on generating prosperity for clients, Amnet serves companies both large and small across Colorado by providing extensive IT support, innovation and implementation.

For more information about Amnet please visit: www.amnet.net.


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Press Release (El Paso County)

On September 5, 2017, Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez pled guilty to forgery, and to voting twice in an election. The forgery charge is a class 5 felony (Colorado Revised Statutes 18-5-102(1)(e)), and the charge of voting twice in an election is a misdemeanor (Colorado Revised Statutes 1-13-710).

Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, 59, forged her deceased mother’s signature on a November 2013 ballot, and voted her own ballot as well in that same election. As part of her sentencing, Ms. Sanchez will provide 60 hours of community service, pay all restitution and court fees, and will assist the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in educating El Paso County citizens about the consequences of voter fraud.

“Every vote is a voice and our Office works hard to make sure that your vote is your voice. Colorado is extremely innovative when it comes to our voting system – the hybrid mail ballot and voter service and polling center design has made voting increasingly accessible,” said Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk & Recorder. “We make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. As a result, voter fraud is rare in El Paso County. But as this case proves, when it does occur, we do investigate and prosecute it. Along with the Toni Newbill case, this is the second voter fraud case successfully prosecuted by District Attorney Dan May’s Office this year, in collaboration with our Office.”

Judge Theresa M. Cisneros presided over the case, and commented during the proceedings that we must able to count on the integrity of our election system. “The security and integrity of our elections system are national issues, and I echo the sentiments expressed during the proceedings,” commented Mr. Broerman. “What happens with our elections on the local level is just as important as what occurs nationally, and that is why our Office is committed to ensuring that our system is secure, verified, and transparent.”

If you receive a ballot for a deceased family member, please send a written, signed notice to the Elections Department in the Clerk’s Office (1675 W. Garden of the Gods. Rd., Suite 2202, Colorado Springs, CO 80907), or feel free to call our office at (719) 575-VOTE (8683) with any questions.