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Cooperstown Central School

Cooperstown PTA To Discuss Bullying Allegations At CCS

Cooperstown PTA Meets Today

To Discuss Bullying Allegations

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown PTA will hold an open comment session during tonight’s meeting to allow parents to share concerns about an alleged bullying incident where a student was beaten and called homophobic slurs in the high school hallway in May.

Board President Marcy Birch declined to elaborate on the incident, citing an “ongoing disciplinary matter.” The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the school.

Famous Americans Populate CCS Halls

Famous Americans

Populate CCS Halls

If it’s Albert Einstein in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown Central School, it must be the “Night of the Notables,” the culmination of eighth graders studying famous historical figures. Parent Bill Weldon, in top photo, (daughter Bradley was at another booth), confers with the famous physicist (Ben Grampp), as well as Stan Lee (Andrew Mulligan) and Steven Speilberg (Felix Palmer).  In the background is Abraham Lincoln (Savannah Ackley). Also on hand were, inset left, Christopher Columbus (Fred Hodgson) and, at right, Ben Carson (Aliyah Romulus) and many other of the rich and FOY-muss. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Detention Hearing Rescheduled For CCS Gym Teacher

Detention Hearing Rescheduled

For Accused CCS Gym Teacher

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s detention hearing for Justin Hobbie, 41, the CCS phys-ed teacher facing child pornography charges, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in U.S. District Court in Syracuse.

Though he was scheduled for this afternoon, his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer, Syracuse, requested the adjournment, and Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks agreed to move it one week.

CCS Community Meeting at 6:30 Today;
Check Back This Evening For Details

 

‘Crisis Response Teams’ Met Today To Develop Plan To Assist Students
CRANKSHAW REPORTS TO PUBLIC

‘Crisis Response Teams’

Met Today To Develop

Plan To Assist Students

Superintendent Crankshaw

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central schools’ “crisis response teams” at the elementary and junior-senior high school levels have prepared an “excellent plan” to address concerns students and staff may have as the result of Friday’s arrest of phys-ed teacher Justin Hobbie on charges of distributing child pornography.

In a message sent to the community at 6:04 p.m., Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw said both teams had met today to discuss the “very serious charges” against Hobbie, 41, who was arrested at his Springfield Center home by state police and officers of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

CCS Teacher Allegedly Sent, Received Child Pornography

U.S. ATTORNEY ALLEGES:

TEACHER SENT,

GOT CHILD PORN

OVER INTERNET

CCS Instructor, Coach Held In Syracuse

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Justin Hobbie, from his Facebook page.

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Central School physical-education teacher arrested this morning received and distributed child pornography over the Internet, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District confirmed in a just-issued press release.

The teacher, Justin Hobbie, 41, Springfield Center, used peer-to-peer file-sharing services, a federal crime, the statement alleges. An initial review of Hobbie’s desktop computer allegedly revealed numerous incriminating files.

He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks. She ordered him detained pending a hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Syracuse Federal Court.

CLICK TO READ U.S. ATTORNEY’S PRESS RELEASE

CRANKSHAW CONFIRMS: PHYS-ED TEACHER HOBBIE FACES CHILD-PORN COUNTS

CRANKSHAW CONFIRMS:

PHYS-ED TEACHER HOBBIE

FACES CHILD-PORN COUNTS

COOPERSTOWN – Justin Hobbie was identified as the phys-ed teacher arrested on child-pornography charges a few minutes ago in a telephone message to parents from Supt. of Schools Bill Crankshaw.

“There is no evidence this arrest and charge involves any children of Cooperstown Central School,” Crankshaw said, adding, “All steps are being taken to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.”

250 Dine, Get Home Before Storm Strikes

250 Dine, Get Home

Before Storm Strikes

CCS Seniors Surya Daniel and Jack Odell chat with Bill Sanford of Westville, one of the last-to-leave diners at this evening’s traditional Senior Citizen Community Dinner in the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Sponsored by the school’s Leo Club, the dinner hosted 250 citizens, according to Wayne Moakler, an organizer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Glimmerglass Film Days

Opening Night Party

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events-01/opening-night-party-and-companion-exhibition

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/stephanie-king-kicks-off-hartwicks-2018-19-visiting-writers-series/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

Halloween Parades

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HALLOWEEN

PARADE – 5 p.m. Showcase your Halloween best with Cooperstown Central School band leading the way. Followed by cider and treats at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, then trick-or-treating at around Cooperstown. Start at Cooper Park, Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit cooperstownchamber.org/halloween-2/

PARADE – 7 p.m. Celebrate Halloween. Costumes encouraged, includes Oneonta High School Bands. Line-up at 6:15. Main St., Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

History Of Work – The Night Shift

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HISTORY PRESENTATION – 7 – 8:30 p.m. “Working the Night Shift: Life After Dark in the Ancient World” presented by archaeologist Dr. April Nowell on how night work differed in history from blacksmiths, hunters, agriculturalists, poets, rebellion leaders, navigators, more. A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2839174

WRITERS EVENING – 7 p.m. Local writers present works in progress followed by moderated Q&A session. New writers welcome to supportive community. Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St., Stamford. 607-326-7908 or visit roxburyartsgroup.org/2017/03/15/october-15-writers-evening/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Tour Our Urban Forest

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TREES OF COOPERSTOWN – 5:30 p.m. Tour Cooperstown with Otsego County Conservation Association, learn benefits of street trees, threats to urban forests, basics of tree anatomy, identification. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/the-trees-of-cooperstown/

GARDEN CLUB – 6:30 p.m. Public meeting hosts Don Urtz presenting photographs of work done by the club over the years. Free, refreshments provided. Richfield Springs Village Library, 102 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Magician To Obama Performs

14-19eventspageMAGIC SHOW – 9 – 10 p.m. Performance “RanD’ Shine: The New Face of Magic!” who performed at Innauguration of President Barack Obama and internationally. Cost, $3. Waterfront Room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2623949

CONSTITUTION DAY FILM – 11 a.m. & Noon. Screening “Our Constitution: Conversation.” In which “Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen G. Breyer answer questions from students about why we need a written Constitution and what it says about the Supreme Court and its rulings.” Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2674884

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