Celine Cousteau Presents Her Documentary Friday, July 19, About Protecting the Amazon

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Celine Cousteau Tribes on the Edge documentary

Photo by Michael Clark

Céline Cousteau—filmmaker, environmentalist, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau—has spent the past 5 years respectfully documenting, filming, and curating the story of all the indigenous peoples of the Javari to help them tell their story to the world.

Join Grace Farms Foundation at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 19 as Céline Cousteau presents an exclusive screening of her new film and impact campaign, Tribes on the Edge.

an announcement from the Grace Farms Foundation

It is estimated that the Amazon produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, and releases 55 gallons of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second.

With no deforestation, mining, or poaching permitted on indigenous land, the last few tribes living there are the frontline guardians of an ecosystem crucial for life all over the world.

Celine Cousteau Tribes on the Edge documentary

Photo by Michael Clark

Céline Cousteau—filmmaker, environmentalist, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau—has spent the past 5 years respectfully documenting, filming, and curating the story of all the indigenous peoples of the Javari to help them tell their story to the world.

This raw and evocative documentary reveals the daily struggles of the last few remaining tribes who find themselves fighting for survival in the Amazon.

Discover the importance of protecting this invaluable area of our planet, hear the deeply moving stories of the indigenous peoples who safe guard it on our behalf, and learn some of the simple things that you can do to help. 

Celine Cousteau

Photo by Michael Clark

See “Tribes on the Edge” and hear Celine Cousteau talk about her documentary on Friday, July 19 at Grace Farms in New Canaan.

Céline Cousteau—filmmaker, environmentalist, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau—has spent the past 5 years respectfully documenting, filming, and curating the story of all the indigenous peoples of the Javari to help them tell their story to the world.

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Two Former New Canaan Public School Employees Arrested for Stealing $478,000 from Cafeterias

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Marie Wilson. Photo courtesy of the New Canaan Police Department

Two former employees of New Canaan Public Schools were arrested and charged with first-degree larceny and defrauding a public community over the weekend after a lengthy investigation following a complaint filed by the New Canaan Board of Education, according to a statement released on Monday by New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. The investigation determined that over a five-year period, $478,588 in cash was allegedly misappropriated by the suspects from the Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School cafeterias.

According to Krolikowski, the suspects are Marie Wilson, 67, of Wilton, and her sister Joanne Pascarelli, 61, of Stratford. Wilson previously served as the assistant food director of New Canaan High School until she was placed on leave in November 2017, while Pascarelli was in charge of the food program at Saxe Middle School until September 2017. Both were the subjects of an internal investigation that was being conducted at the time by the Board of Education.

Joanne Pascarelli. Photo courtesy of the New Canaan Police Department

Following interviews with Board of Education members, examinations of financial records and other pertinent evidence, and consulting with Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, New Canaan Police obtained warrants for Wilson and Pascarelli’s arrests. Wilson surrendered herself to the the police department on Aug. 11 and was released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear Aug. 21 in state Superior Court in Norwalk. Pascarelli surrendered the following day and was released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 24.

The thefts were allegedly taking place over the last 15 years, according to police, but the investigation only focused on the past five years.

Superintendent of Schools Bryan Luzzi released a letter to families Monday afternoon in response to the arrests. “We are deeply upset by this alleged violation of our trust and the trust of the entire community, and are committed to continuing our full cooperation with the New Canaan Police Department regarding these allegations,” he wrote.

Mark Sherman, Wilson’s Stamford-based criminal defense lawyer, also released a statement stating that the accusations are “false and misleading” and confirmed that Wilson will be pleading not guilty at her arraignment.

“There is much more to this story,” he said. “Marie is innocent and did not personally divert a single nickel of town money for personal gain. She is not going to be scapegoated for this missing money.”

4 thoughts on “Two Former New Canaan Public School Employees Arrested for Stealing $478,000 from Cafeterias

  1. Almost $500k over 5 years? On a 180 day school year, that’s about $555 per day. How could this go unnoticed? At a price of $5 per lunch that’s ~100 lunches. I thought most students paid electronically, so how much cash was actually being collected daily? Was there no inventory or controls in place? I hope we get some of these funds back, but I’m doubtful.

  2. Roger Williams was the first to bring up were the lunch money went
    wanted better controls — was voted out of office by pro BOE voters
    who never wanted any questions ask

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