Local Digest

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Nonprofit that aids troops gets a grant

The Yellow Ribbon Fund, a Bethesda-based nonprofit group that assists wounded service members and their families, has received a $425,000 donation from Goldman Sachs Gives, the fund announced.

The donation, which was disclosed at the fund's annual gala Saturday, is the largest the organization has received since it was founded in 2005. The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides free hotel rooms, apartments and rental cars for families of soldiers, sailors and Marines recovering from war wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Goldman Sachs Gives is the donor-advised fund of the partners of the Wall Street investment firm.

- Michael E. Ruane

Tips for travelers on Thanksgiving

In air travel, a lot has changed since last Thanksgiving. An underground train system opened at Dulles International Airport, thousands of parking spaces were installed at Dulles and Reagan National, and enhanced "pat-down" searches are in use at all airports.

"Our best advice is to plan ahead and arrive early during peak times," said Lynn Hampton of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Peak travel times are typically from 5:30 to 8 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Travelers are advised to arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.

Other changes:

- At Reagan National, Northwest Airlines, after its merger with Delta, moved to Terminal B. Frontier and Air Canada moved to Terminal A.

- At Dulles, arriving international passengers who are not connecting to other flights will clear customs in the International Arrivals Building, which is being expanded. New baggage claim devices opened in the building this month.

- Full-body X-ray machines were installed at Dulles.

- Derek Kravitz

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