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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Bernie Sanders takes progressive message to Northern Virginia


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate turned early-state frontrunner Bernie Sanders rallied a crowd of more than 3000 supporters in the Northern Virginia suburbs Monday night with a progressive message he said was just and fair, not Utopian.

Sanders called on the crowd to rise up against what he called the "Billionaire class" controlling American politics.

"The only way we win is when tens of millions of Americans stand up and say loudly and clearly: 'enough is enough!'" Sanders told the crowd gathered at the Manassas fairgrounds.

DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

DEVIL’S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Greeter Beer, Vienna Lager with a meat and cheese platter; Pilot Brau Czech Pilsener with calamari fritti, lightly battered squid with spicy marinara; Cranberry Gose, roasted butternut squash, curried pears, candied walnuts, Crème Fraiche, sage; Aged 16 Point Imperial IPA with all natural braised beef ragu and butternut squash gnocchi, arugula, Parmesan, olive oil; and Cocoa Danzig Porter with Cocoa Danzig Porter Ice Cream with chocolate-covered bacon, homemade ice cream, bacon, and chocolate.

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S HOSTS J. LOHR WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinneron Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $80 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The wine dinner includes four courses: 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc with insalata frutti di mare, chilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, lime juice, garlic, onions, bell peppers; 2013 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, quinoa black bean salad, quinoa, black beans, peppers, red onions, cilantro; 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Costeleta De Porco with marinated pork chops, sautéed onions, peppers, house fried potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash; and 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot with chocolate lava cake.

Small plane crashes in Bristow backyard


BRISTOW, Va. (WUSA9) -- A small plane crashed in a backyard Sunday in Bristow, according to Prince William County fire officials.

The pilot, Karyta Barnes, 50, of Alexandria, Va. was extricated out of the plane and transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The crash happened around 9 a.m. in the 9600 block of Looking Glass Court.

At this stage of the investigation, officials say, it appears the single-engine, fixed-wing 1980 Piper PA28-161 lost power and made a crash landing into a tree in the backyard of a residence.

Officials said the plane struck some trees and fell into the backyard of a residence. No one on the ground was injured and officials say the plane did not strike any houses.

MISSING: 14-year-old Montgomery Village girl


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A missing 14-year-old Montgomery Village girl may be in the Manassas area, Manassas police said.

Mirsha Moreno Chavez has been reported missing since July 29.

Chavez is described as 5-foot 4-inch Hispanic female weighing 140 pounds with brown hair.

She may be in the Manassas or Montgomery Village areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call Manassas police at 703-257-8092 or Montgomery County police at 301-279-8000.

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Pedestrian injured after being struck in Manassas


MANASSAS, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a car in Manassas Monday morning, according to Manassas City Police.

At approcimately 10:25 a.m., police say officers responded to the area of Sudley Road and Digges Road for a report of a pedestrian that was struck.

Police the 43-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

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