Suit filed against The Gunnery and ex-dean

A New London attorney filed a civil suit Aug. 10 against The Gunnery, Head of School Susan Graham, former Dean of Students Richard Reinhardt and school employee Dana Jackson.

The suit was brought on behalf of a 15-year-old boy and his parents by attorney Bob Reardon Jr. It alleges the boy was sexually molested by Mr. Reinhardt repeatedly over the 2007-08 school year when the boy was a boarding student at the school.

Mr. Reinhardt had been arrested Aug. 5 on criminal charges of two counts of 2nd degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of 4th degree assault. He posted $750,000 bond and faces a Sept. 1 court date.

His attorney, Willy Dow, of Hartford, said the charges in the civil suit are identical to the criminal charges and that Reinhardt is denying the criminal charges and will deny the civil charges as well.

-- Susan Tuz

Riverfront Zone adopted in New Milford

A floating zone has been adopted by the New Milford Zoning Commission called the Housatonic Riverfront Zone.

The zone can be applied to property located on the east side of the river, south of the intersection of Young's Field Road and Housatonic Avenue. It is designed to encourage re-development and adaptive re-use of properties located on the banks of the Housatonic River.

The regulation is written to recognize the river as an environmental, recreational and economic asset to the town.

-- Susan Tuz

Dog Wash Day to benefit animal shelter

A Paw Print grooming salon at 847 Danbury Road in Brookfield will hold Dog Wash Day this Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit the New Milford Animal Welfare shelter.

The cost for grooming that day will be $15 for small breed dogs (less than 20 pounds); $20 for 20 to 40 pound animals; $30 for 50 to 100 pounds, and $40 for giant breeds. Add $10 for double coats.

Nail clipping will be offered for $5.

Dogs will be washed and damp-dried. Matted and aggressive dogs will be declined. Valid rabies or town license is a must.

Appointments are required; call 203-775-6942.

Proceeds will help pay for the shelter's care of the animals, food, veterinarian bills and maintaining the building.