RED BANK: MONMOUTH MUSIC TO CLOSE

Monmouth Music owner Mario DiBartolo plans to open the STEM Music Academy in the space. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Even as he was buying Monmouth Music two years ago, Mario DiBartolo knew he was swimming against the current that has swamped so many small retailers in the past two decades.

Yes, he hoped to retain the Red Bank store’s loyal customers and continue selling guitars and other musical instruments, he told redbankgreen last year. But his investment was really in the Monmouth Street real estate that housed the 30-year-old business, he said.

Now, he’s throwing in the towel on retail.

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TRAIN ACCIDENT VICTIM CHARGED AS THIEF

By JOHN T. WARD

A Middlesex County man who injured his leg when he was struck by a moving train in Red Bank on Sunday has been charged with a theft that occurred earlier that day at the Little Silver train station, police said Wednesday.

Oluwatomiwa Adewusi, 19, of the Avenel section of Woodbridge, is alleged to have been caught on surveillance tape stealing a laptop computer from the Little Silver station, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

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STOLEN LAPTOP HELD CHERISHED PHOTOS

Shakira Johnson with her son, Jakir, earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Unlike most parents, Red Bank resident Shakira Johnson does not have the luxury of flipping through old photographs and looking back on her son’s toddler years.

She cannot hold them in her hands and reminisce about his first Christmas, or his seventh birthday party. That quintessential shot of a smile missing two front teeth is likewise missing from her life.

She is a mother who has lost all her photos – twice. And she is asking for help to get back those that she can.

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