Life Enrichment Options hosts Ask a Cop! event on Thursday

April 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 23, 2014

Join Life Enrichment Options for Ask a Cop! from 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 at Tibbetts Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

The event is a fun and informative evening with Issaquah police officers as they discuss the expectations of police in various encounters and help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities to interact safely.

The officers will present multiple scenarios to explain what a law enforcement officer expects of disabled community members and ways to communicate their disability.

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Life Enrichment Options names Fred Nystrom as its executive director

March 25, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 25, 2014

Fred Nystrom has been named executive director of Life Enrichment Options, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities.

Fred Nystrom

Fred Nystrom

Nystrom has an extensive background in media and fundraising with both nonprofit organizations and businesses.

He is very involved in the Issaquah community, serving previously as a board member for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Life Enrichment Options seeks executive director

December 30, 2013

NEW — 11:25 a.m. Dec. 30, 2013

Life Enrichment Options is seeking an executive director to helm the formerly all-volunteer organization.

The group’s board of directors decided it was time to add the position in an effort to create greater organizational structure and increase Life Enrichment Options’ ability to serve its clients.

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LEO hosts fundraising luncheon Oct. 22

October 15, 2013

Life Enrichment Options hosts its annual fundraiser, It’s About the Journey, at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event celebrates the life journeys of the residents of the LEO homes, and others the organization serve that live each day with a developmental disability.

LEO supports and advocates for those with developmental disabilities to achieve their lifestyle goals through supportive housing, recreation and employment opportunities, and community education. LEO has been able to achieve its past goals through partnerships and collaborations developed from the community.

Learn more, register for the event or make a donation by emailing info@lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

 

 

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Annual race is a pleasure, challenge

July 16, 2013

As a child, Tim Finnegan watched as his siblings raced soapbox derby cars every year.

Due to a developmental disability, he was never able to participate, until his father Leo Finnegan built a doublewide car that could fit two kids. With his siblings at the wheel, Tim could finally participate in the activity he watched for so long.

On July 20, the Rotary Club of Issaquah and Life Enrichment Options will put on their 16th annual Challenge Series Race, where people with disabilities can race in their own soapbox derby cars alongside their peers.

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Community Caring Award nominations due May 17

May 7, 2013

Life Enrichment Options, AtWork!, Special Olympics Issaquah and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate volunteers who dedicates themselves to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a Community Caring Award, as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.

Awards will be presented at the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 30, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Deadline for nominations is May 17. Nominees need to be from the Issaquah area (within the Issaquah School District boundaries).

Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

 

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Life Enrichment Options kicks off campaign to raise $100,000

December 18, 2012

Life Enrichment Options is expanding its efforts to support those with developmental disabilities with its fundraising campaign “Let’s Have a Heart to Heart.”

The goal of the fundraiser is to collect $100,000 to purchase land for a fourth adult family home; for continued maintenance costs of three current homes; and to continue to support specialized recreational programs, educational forums and employment opportunities.

This local parent-based organization was formed more than 20 years ago to create innovative solutions to issues facing those with developmental disabilities, and to increase community awareness of people with developmental disabilities by having them included in all aspects of the community.

Contribute at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

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Neighbors protest proposed firearms home business

August 28, 2012

Concerns about safety and traffic led downtown Issaquah residents to join forces to stop the city from approving a permit for a home-based firearms business.

The municipal Development Services Department is considering a proposal from Michael Marinos, a longtime Issaquah resident, to open the business in the Olde Town neighborhood south of East Sunset Way.

Marinos created Bigg Dogg Firearms to offer federally licensed firearms transfers to customers purchasing weapons online. Customers could then stop at Marinos’ home-based business to pick up the firearms.

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Gravity — and team spirit — power Rotary racers’ soapbox derby cars

July 17, 2012

Cian O’Farrell, 11, and driver John Morse, 10, ride the gravity car by sponsor Fred Meyer to a checkered flag waved by the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s Fred Nystrom. By Greg Farrar

A day filled with happiness for children was the goal of the 15th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Day Race on July 14.

Viewers lined Second Avenue Southeast to watch — standing or sitting on the bleachers halfway down the block.

The event pairs up children with disabilities and volunteer children drivers to race soapbox derby cars. Gravity pulls the cars down the hill. The vehicles reach speeds of 17 mph.

About 50 children with disabilities got to race three times with rotating drivers and cars. Liberty High School cheerleaders greeted the racers at the finish line before cars were towed back to the starting line.

“It’s a great event for kids to experience a fast, free ride down Second Avenue,” Rotary Club member Russell Joe said. “For some of the riders, it’s the first time they’ve been in a car that’s running on its own without mom or dad.”

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Rotary Club soapbox derby race celebrates 15th anniversary

July 10, 2012

Drivers, co-drivers, parents, Rotary Club of Issaquah members, Issaquah High School wrestlers, Liberty High School cheerleaders and student volunteers pose for a group photo at the 2011 Challenge Day gravity car races. By Greg Farrar

The 15th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Day Race, an event that pairs children with disabilities with a young driver of a sleek soapbox derby car, is set for July 14.

The event allows participants to experience the fun of a derby race down Second Avenue past the community center in downtown Issaquah.

For the race, the pair of youngsters climb into the seat of a sleek soapbox derby car. With the slam of the starting gate, the car’s wheels begin to turn. As gravity kicks in, the two-seater makes its way along the street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with racing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other activities include adaptive cycling for children and adults with disabilities and lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Issaquah for event participants and volunteers.

The event was inspired by the vision of longtime Issaquah resident and retired Puget Sound Energy executive Leo Finnegan, the father of an adult son with a disability.

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