Ex-Danbury principal to fill in in New Milford

Catherine Richard, a retired Danbury High School principal, has been chosen to serve as the New Milford school district's interim assistant superintendent of schools starting Aug. 11.

She will serve until a full-time replacement is hired in the fall.

Ms. Richard, who retired from Danbury High in 2008, will handle the duties of Thomas Mulvihill, who will retire at the end of this month.

-- Nanci G. Hutson

Town Council OKs dispatchers' union contract

A contract was ratified with the nine-member dispatchers' union in New Milford that gives retroactive pay and benefit increases for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The contract was agreed to July 13 by the Town Council. The new pact will give a 3.25 percent increase for each year for a total of $145,000.

The dispatchers had left the union AFSME three years ago and joined UPSEU. That change made them legally unable to negotiate a new contract for one year.

Since then, a series of health mishaps have kept subsequent attempts to create a new contract from happening until now, Mayor Pat Murphy said.

-- Susan Tuz

$8,000 grant to help town help the needy

An $8,000 grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation has been received by the town of New Milford.

The grant will be shared by the town's Hope Fund and Good Samaritan Fund for direct emergency assistance to needy individuals in town.

-- Susan Tuz