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John Vigna, 57, of Silver Spring, a former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher who pleaded guilty in March to one count of Sexual Child Abuse and three counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, was sentenced today in Rockville. Vigna was originally sentenced to 48 years in prison in 2017 but that conviction was overturned last year and he was released on bond as he awaited a new trial.  (more…)

Photo by @ColesvilleDentistry

In 2022, we let you know that Potomac Foods Group leased part of the parking lot from the property owner, Safeway, at 15411 New Hampshire Ave to build a new Burger King restaurant (with drive-thru). Demolition of the previous bank building occurred in early 2022 and construction seemed to be complete last summer. After some delays, the fast food restaurant is now officially open.


Last summer we let you know that Potomac Foods Group leased part of the parking lot from the property owner, Safeway, at 15411 New Hampshire Ave to build a new Burger King restaurant (with drive-thru). Demolition of the previous bank building occurred in early 2022 and construction has been ongoing ever since. After a few delays, it appears the restaurant is ready to go and will be opening very soon (photos below). An exact date is not yet available.

The process for Burger King coming to the shopping center included Safeway applying for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required for the Safeway store. A parking waiver is needed because removing the parking spaces necessary to build the new Burger King will reduce the number of parking spaces for Safeway below the minimum required by the Zoning Ordinance. Safeway filed the amendment requesting to remove the parking easement on the Burger King site and was eventually approved after the initial application was filed a couple years back.

The new Burger King is accessible from an internal drive aisle on the Safeway Property, which connects to Briggs Chaney Road and New Hampshire; or from Cloverly Street. Burger King bad consolidated access to Cloverly Street by eliminating the two curb cuts on Cloverly Street closest to MD650. Eighteen parking spaces are provided on-site, broken into two rows, perpendicular to the internal drive aisles. Burger King will also offer 10,540 square feet of Amenity Open Space made up of landscaped/lawn area, sidewalks and an outdoor patio with stamped concrete, seating, bike racks, pedestrian scale lighting, and street trees that will provide shade. The seating area is situated along Cloverly Street next to the front entrance, between the building and sidewalk.

When Drs. Eric and Kevin Chai started their practice (, they had five operatories. At the end of last year they were up to seven operstories and were at full capacity, but still receiving many new requests for new patients. They soon realized that we needed to make some major changes to help accommodate the increased patient flow.  They began their major expansion March 2023 and next week it will be fully open with 14 total operatories to better serve patients in the area.  “We essentially took over 2 adjacent units.” Dr. Kevin Chai told us.
“Dr. Eric and I truly feel so blessed to be able to serve our hometown community in Silver Spring.  We currently work down the street from where we grew up!  Our mission is to create life-long relationships and raving patients by providing compassionate, comfortable, and comprehensive dental care.  Our passion is to really give patients an amazing dental experience from front to back and we want every patient who leaves our practice to feel uplifted, encouraged and just better in all senses.”
The doctors were named 2023 Washingtonian Top Docs.  They provide care in all specialties of dentistry including but not limited to preventive services, emergency services, fillings, dental implants, same day crowns, Invisalign treatment, root canals, extractions, and whitening. “We also possess some of the best dental technologies to enhance efficiency and patient comfort. We’re highly regarded and rated in the local community.  Currently, we have 760 5-star Google reviews.”
In addition to the full reopening following their expansion soon next week, they’re bringing on a new doctor– Dr. Daniel Chu who was also born and raised in Silver Spring and graduated from Paint Branch High School.  Photos below.


Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) responded to a house fire in the 900 blk of Briggs Chaney Rd, off New Hampshire Ave in Clovery on Friday Morning, July 7. According to Chief Spokesperson for MCFRS Pete Piringer, the fire was caused after oily rags were placed inside trash bags next to the exterior of the house and were ignited by nearby combustibles.

One family of four has been displaced and there are no reported injuries. Damage is estimated to be ~175K. We will post an update if additional information becomes available.



MoCo Directory highlight: Drs. Eric and Kevin Chai of Colesville Dentistry were born and raised in the Silver Spring area. Eric graduated from Paint Branch High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Maryland Dental School in 2014. Kevin graduated from Blair High School and then went on to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Dental School.

The brothers now operate Colesville Dentistry at 724 Cloverly Street in Cloverly/Silver Spring where their mission is to give every patient the best experience possible by providing comfortable, compassionate and comprehensive dental care. Both Dr. Eric and Dr. Kevin were both named as 2023 Best Dentists by Washingtonian Magazine.

Outside of the office, Dr. Eric is married and enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, hiking, and doing any type of outdoor activity. He loves cheering for all of his favorite Washington sports teams and his alma mater, the Terps. Dr. Eric is also a new father as he and his wife had their first baby daughter, Isla, in April 2021 and their second daughter, Mia, about a month ago. Dr. Kevin is a proud husband and committed father. He and his wife Joy have 3 young children named Evelyn, Madelyn and Isaac who are 6,4, and 3 years old! He also enjoys playing tennis and basketball, snowboarding, traveling, spending time around the bonfire and rooting for all Washington D.C. sports teams.

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