News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 24, 2014


 Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about a new suicide prevention text hotline, Shakespeare at the Reston Community Center, a volunteer opportunity and a county award for technical innovation. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Need help or know someone who does? A new suicide prevention text hotline has launched in Fairfax County. Just send a quick text to 703-940-0888 and a CrisisLink volunteer will respond within minutes. The new crisis text line is a service of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board in partnership with CrisisLink. It is available to anyone in the community, all ages. Learn more at That’s


Reston Community Center welcomes the Reduced Shakespeare Company back to the CenterStage for a 10-day festival filled with hijinks and laughs Sept. 12-21. The extravaganza will feature eight performances, two boot camps and several other special events with these funnymen that have been making Reston audiences laugh for decades. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for Reston patrons and Aug. 8 to the general public. For more information on the festival or RCC’s entire 2014-2015 Professional Touring Artist lineup, visit the RCC website at


The World Police and Fire Games – coming to Fairfax County next summer – is seeking volunteers and created a Web page to sign up. This is a great way to get involved with the World Police and Fire Games. Learn more about the games at Find out how you can volunteer with the second-largest sporting event behind the Olympics at


Fairfax County was again honored as a technical innovator, placing third among counties of its size in the annual Digital Counties Survey. Fairfax County has been ranked in the top five for 11 consecutive years, earning first place three times during this span. The award was presented at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference on July 10 to Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross and Chief Technology Officer Wanda Gibson. The evaluation and awards are given through a partnership of the National Association of Counties, Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The county was recognized for milestone achievements in open government strategy including online services and citizen engagement through social media; mobile applications; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map data integrated into a variety of business functions including public safety, land development, constituent services and emergency management; and a best practices cyber-security program protecting county resources. Learn more at and search for "online open government."


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. You’ll also want to follow Fairfax County’s NewsWire, which keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today at


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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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