The Second Question: Insight, Resources, Connections

03.06.13
Why is March a great time to do your taxes? Walk-in tax sites are less busy in March meaning a shorter wait. At CASH Oregon in the Lloyd Center and several other sites, March is when we can prepare prior year returns. AARP Tax Sites can prepare returns back to 2009. Did you know that you can get your refunds back three years! Yippee!
03.06.13
The Register-Guard covered Lane County free kids' car seats program: Sponsors at the once-a-month clinics provide and install free infant or child car seats for families that need them, and help properly install existing car seats, the agency said. The why, when and where:  New kids’ car seats are spendy, costing from about $140 up to $200 or more, depending on the model and features.
03.06.13
The Oregon Department of Human Services just dropped us the note below. Join us in taking a survey that will help them identify opportunities for improvement. Decisions are made by those who show up. So let's all show up and work together to create the best Department of Human Services possible. 
03.06.13
Thanks to those of you who gave feedback on the new Event Bulletin Board format. One addition this week is the ability to link directly to individual event information. If you have any more feedback, please email me. Thanks! 
03.01.13
Regular readers will know that I have a penchant for technology. However, familiarity with computers is becoming a job requirement not just a hobby.  So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, you might want to check out Multnomah County Library's website. They put together this great reading list for those interested in building computer skills.
03.01.13
I've heard this advice but didn't really know much about it or if it was some sort of old wives' tale. But according to the FDA, grapefruit causes problems when taken with certain medications. Or as they humorously put it: "Sometimes the juice ain’t worth the squeeze…especially when combining grapefruit with medicines." Here's a video that explains the potentially dangerous grapefruit situation:
03.01.13
While reading the Medicaid blog, I was suprised to learn that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women. The goods news is colorectal cancer is avoidable is you get screened. And if you're on Medicaid the tests are free: 
02.27.13
The awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the toll it takes on recently-deployed service members has improved in recent years. However, an often-hidden cost is the long-term affect it has on family members. Army.mil wrote a recent article addressing the topic. 
02.27.13
We're thrilled anytime we can share good news like MORE food being available for those who need it. Feel free to spread this around your networks.  The food pantry at Western Oregon University received a significant shipment of fresh and frozen food. They are making it available to anyone in the Monmouth/Independence area who is in need. The food pantry at WOU is housed through the Student Government (ASWOU). Please have advocates or families call ahead for more information and ask to speak with Matt, Keri, or Erin. The phone number is 503-838-8553.