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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:

No arrests made in police chase after Olney robbery

(WUSA9) -- No arrests have been made after at least two men lead Montgomery County police on a car on the ICC and I-95 after a robbery Monday afternoon in Olney. 

Montgomery County Police say they pursued the men after an armed robbery at a Verizon Store in the 3200 block of Spartan Drive in Olney. The robbers fled the scene in a black Dodge Charge, police said.  

While on the ICC, police say the vehicle struck a Montgomery County police cruiser. The chase then continued on I-95 all the way to Kenilworth Avenue, where officers lost sight of the vehicle.  

Police did not specify exactly how many men were involved in the robbery but said there were at least two males and two handguns were displayed. The ages of the suspects were not specified.

No arrests have been made in the chase and police are looking at surveillance video from the Verizon Store to identify the robbers.  

1 child, 2 adults injured after propane tank fire in Olney

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three people, including one child, were injured after a propane tank caught on fire at a townhouse in Olney.

According to Montgomery County fire spokesperson Pete Piringer, a propane tank being used to heat a grill vented on fire at a townhouse on Bantry Way.

Three people were transported the hospital with minor burns. None of their injures are life threatening, according to Piringer.

The fire also caused damage to a nearby shed and fence.

A resident told WUSA9 that they were using charcoal in the gas grill, which caused the release valve to blow.

Car hits Sandy Spring post office guard rail

SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A vehicle hit the guard rail of the Sandy Spring post office Tuesday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The post office is located in the 900 block of Sandy Spring Road next to Urban BBQ.

Sky9 was on the scene.


A neighbor of the post office said a Hyundai elantra hit the guard rail. Two cars were involved in the crash and the second car had minor damages, according to the neighbor.

Part of a wall of post office was damaged and officials say the post office is still open.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 



Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Woman killed in Montgomery Co single vehicle crash ID'd

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman died in a single vehicle collision in Olney early Sunday morning, according to Montgomery County Police.

The accident happened around 4:11 a.m. in the 3800 block of Hines Road and Blossom View Drive in Olney, police said.

The investigation shows that the man driving, Robert Walter Lee, 29, of Gaithersburg, lost control of the vehicle.

The 2000 Ford Explore was going east on Hines Road in the direction of Georgia Avenue when it left the road just before Blossom View Drive hit a tree and the light support pole, police said.

Police are still investigating why the vehicle left the road. Lee was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger, 43-year-old, Lisa Ann Smith of Olney died at the scene of the accident, authorities said.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.