Have you ever received a letter, email or phone call and thought “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step toward protecting yourself from financial fraud.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 pm
750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR
Come join our panel of experts:
* Ellen Klem – Oregon Dept of Justice
* Detective Pat Brady – City of Hillsboro Police Dept.
* Marcia Langer – Washington County Sheriff Office
* Giberto Pena – EiA’s Personal Advocates
* Barbara Bernstein EiA Exec. Director
Learn how you can avoid the latest scam, what to do if you see something suspicious and how you can stop future abuse in your community. Our panel will discuss current trends and what is being done to go after the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones.
Come join us and learn from the experts!
Oregon is counting on your voice!
The Oregon State Legislature is in its final days of the 2015 session and now is the time take action for housing! Your State Legislators and the Co-Chairs of our Ways and Means Committee (Senator Devlin andRepresentative Buckley) need to hear from you that housing is Oregon’s priority.
United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue
Sunday, July 5, 2015
3PM – 6PM
CITY OF PORTLAND OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE
BUREAU OF REVENUE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 19, 2015
Contact: Thomas W. Lannom Revenue Division Director (503) 823-5154
Reminder: $35 Arts Tax Payment is Due April 15
The City of Portland Revenue Division is now accepting payments for the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (“Arts Tax”) approved by Portland voters in 2012. The annual tax is due on April 15 and is $35 for most Portland residents. Last week the Revenue Division began sending 142,000 Arts Tax reminder e-mails to Portlanders as the first step in a planned series of notifications.
Portlanders can file and pay the $35 Arts Tax online at www.portlandoregon.gov/artstax by selecting “File/Pay My 2014 Arts Tax.” It takes most people three to four minutes to complete the payment process and receive an e-mail receipt.
“It is our hope that many Portlanders will choose to file and pay online,” noted Revenue Division Director Thomas Lannom. “Paying online is fast, easy, green, and keeps administration costs low so more money flows to schools and arts organizations,” he added.
There are four other ways to file and pay the Arts Tax:
1) Taxpayers can file online and choose to pay by mailing in a check with a voucher they can print out from the website.
2) New this year, the Arts Tax form is available in leading tax preparation software products like H&R Block and TurboTax (starting March 5).
3) Taxpayers can pick up a paper tax return by visiting our office at 111 SW Columbia Street or their local library or neighborhood office beginning in March.
4) Taxpayers that have not filed by March 2 will receive a paper tax return in the mail. Filing online before March 2 removes the taxpayer from the list to receive a paper form which reduces program administration costs.
Also new this year:
1) A Permanent Senior Filing Exemption Program. Qualifying taxpayers 70 years
old or older with only non-taxable income (for example, Social Security, Federal Employee Retirement, Oregon Public Employee Retirement, U.S. Treasury interest) OR income below the 2014 federal poverty-level can request a permanent senior filing exemption. For more information call the Arts Tax helpline at 503-865-4ART (4278). A downloadable copy of the exemption form for seniors is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/article/519703.
2) The Arts Tax form is now available in 10 languages at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/66844. Available languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
The Arts Tax funds about 70 art and music teachers in Portland area schools as well as local arts organizations through a partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). Schools and RACC have received a combined $15.5 million to date.
Tax disbursement details are available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/64767. For a list of arts organizations receiving funding, visit the RACC website at www.RACC.org/AEAFgrants.
Portland EXPO 2014
Begin your journey to health at the American Diabetes Association EXPO. Find out your risk for developing diabetes, stroke and heart attack with our free health screenings. Learn how to eat healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes in Oregon at the largest gathering dedicated to health.
The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, over 70 product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, behavior change and prevention. Learn tips to stay healthy from head to toe.
Visit the American Diabetes Association EXPO Portland and Join the Millions® in the fight to Stop Diabetes®. Learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes for you and your family.
Have a question about EXPO? Contact Jessica Gould at 503-736-2770 ext. 7294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step Out at EXPO
This year our annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event is moving to the Oregon Convention Center the morning of EXPO. Join us and walk to support the American Diabetes Association.
Register today at www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.
– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-expos/portland/#sthash.Is1J5xu1.dpuf
Hot weather can be really hard on seniors and people with disabilities. As we get
older, bodies have a tough time managing heat. Medications, limited mobility and isolation can also make people suffer.
Multnomah County is urging friends and neighbors to pay close attention to elders and people with disabilities as temperatures are expected to stay high this week.
Seniors and those with disabilities should:
- Drink more water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Buddy up! Check on a friend and have them do the same for you.
- Schedule tasks to avoid midday heat.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- If you have to use a fan, don’t set it up to blow directly on you. Instead, use it to create cross ventilation in your home.
- Spray or sponge yourself with cool water.
- Try not to use your stove and oven.
Questions? Call Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services at 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683 or online at http://multco.us/ads.
In January of this year, we highlighted the work of two of our Personal Advocate volunteers, Dolores Hubert and Darlene Eckert, who were about to begin work at the Portland Police Bureau’s Vulnerable Adult and Elder Crimes Unit. Since then, their job has been to initiate direct contact with older adults in our community who have experienced identity theft, fraud or theft of personal property but whose cases don’t rise to the level of a full police investigation.
These contacts are an entry point for Elders in Action to provide additional services, resource information and provide support to older adults in our community. As we know, America’s older adults are the fastest growing segment of our society. We are living longer and our aging population is increasingly vulnerable to a broad range of exploitation and abuse.
To address this concern, Elders in Action is now a member of a multi-pronged response team for older adult victims of crime consisting of law-enforcement, human services (Adult Protective Services) and a community advocacy group -us! This vision of Sgt. Tim Musgrave, in charge of the Elder Crime & Vulnerable Adult Unit, has enabled us to serve 204 older adults victims of crime since January. Thank you Sgt. Musgrave, for this wonderful opportunity to be of service!
Help us make the Lloyd Business District Age-Friendly
Join us on Thursday July 24th, for a free training session from 10am to 1pm at Calaroga Terrace. You will learn about what makes great service for customers of all ages.
But you are not done yet! On Thursday, July 31st, our teams we will visit 1-3 businesses in the Lloyd district to share your new knowledge by conducting in-store evaluations. All volunteers will be accompanied by one of Elders in Action certified business evaluators.
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