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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:

Child nearly drowns in Prince William County


MONTCLAIR, Va. (WUSA9) -- A child is in the hospital after they nearly drowned while playing near a lake in Prince William County. 

According to a spokesperson for Prince William County fire, dispatch received a call at about 2 p.m. from some children playing near Lake Montclair who said one of the kids they were with went missing.

First responders located the child, began performing CPR and got a pulse.

The spokesperson could not provide any information about the age or gender of the child.   

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All clear given after reported gunshots near Va. school


TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- The all-clear has been given at a Prince William County middle school after authorities investigated a report of gunshots in the area.

Graham Park Middle School was in precautionary secure the building status while police investigated the incident. That status has been lifted. 

The school says everyone is safe, but dismissal at the school will be delayed by about 15 minutes. 

Prince William County police say there is no connection to the school in the incident.  

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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.

Man wanted for robbing PNC Bank inside Woodbridge Giant


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is wanted for robbing a PNC Bank branch inside a Giant Grocery Store in Woodbridge, Va.

According to Prince William County police, the robbery happened Monday at the Giant located in the 12000 block of Hedges Run Drive in Woodbridge at around 4:52 p.m.

Police say the man approached the bank area, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The man took an undisclosed amount of money before he fled the area in a gray or silver vehicle, police said.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot 8-inch black male with a thick build. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve white t-shirt, a yellow construction style helmet with letters "ICN" on it, a white bandage wrapped around his right hand and a blue visor around his neck.

No injuries were reported during the robbery.

Man shot by Prince William Co. police officer


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was shot by a Prince William County police officer Monday night after the man allegedly approached the officer with a knife.

According to Prince William County police, officers responded to a home in the 13100 block of Tory Loop in Woodbridge for a report of a domestic disturbance between a mother and her son.

Once officers arrived on scene they began speaking with the mother. While talking to her, police say the son, who was identified as a 25-year-old man, approached the officer with a knife.

The officer then fired and hit the son in the upper body, according to police. The son was flown to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both the mother and the officer were also transported to a local hospital with minor non-gunshot related injuries.