RED BANK: THEFT CAPTURED ON VIDEO

A home security camera caught a pair of thieves as they made off with a bike and skateboard they stole from a porch on Elm Place in Red Bank on Thanksgiving morning.

The edited video shows the pair sauntering east along Elm and, a minute later, racing away on Horace Place with their loot. Contact the borough police at (732) 530-2700 if you have information to share about these turkeys.  (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PARK GETS ANTI-SKATE TOUCHES

riverside gardens 092214 2riverside gardens 092214 1In a move to thwart damage by skaters and skateboarders, new alternating-level caps have replaced flat ones on walls throughout Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank.

Work underway at the park also includes the reconstruction of the promenade overlooking our beautiful Navesink River and the rebuilding of  retaining wall that collapsed in 2013(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ART SHOW AT SALON CONCRETE

salon concrete 1 100413salon concrete 3 100413Drawing a crowd to Red Bank’s Salon Concrete last Friday night was a show of paintings and other works by Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello. “Other works’ included customized skateboard decks (see below). One attendee wore Ciccotello sneakers, right.

The show is slated to run through December. Salon Concrete is at 123 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: FAMED SKATEBOARDER INJURED

A shot of Brian Wenning that appears on the website of his company, Lockdown Skateboards. (Click to enlarge)

A world-renowned skateboarder was seriously injured in a fall on the steps in front of Red Bank Catholic High School Monday night, police said.

Brian Wenning, 32, of Monmouth Beach, was transported to the trauma center at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with a severe laceration to the head, according to Captain Darren McConnell, police department spokesman.

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HOBBYMASTERS SKATES BACK INTO BOARD BIZ

Hobbymasters employee Mychael, who declined to give his last name, shows off a board. Below, a board equipped with underside lighting. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

The zenith of skateboarding’s popularity  in Red Bank may be past, and skating downtown could land you in handcuffs these days. But after a nearly two-decade absence, Hobbymasters on Monmouth Street hopes to pick up where now-defunct skate retailers Revolutions, Circles Bike and Skate, and Stokaboka left off.

Since last month, Hobbymasters has been carrying skateboards and associated paraphernalia, such as wheels, trucks, bearings, and anything else that a skateboarder would need to start shredding. It’s now the only skateboarding shop in a town that not long ago had three.

This is the second time that Hobbymasters has tried the skateboard market. Owner Alan Placer says he sold skateboards throughout the 1980s, but stopped around the mid-90s, once skateboarding declined in popularity.

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CHIEF DEFENDS SKATE-LAW ENFORCEMENT

Police Chief Steve McCarthy says skateboarders have put taxpayers on the hook for “considerable” damage in two parks.  (Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

After Red Bank police busted four minors and two adults for skateboarding in a park earlier this month, some locals wondered: don’t the cops have anything better to do?

Well, yes and no, says police Chief Steve McCarthy.

“I know it seems like we have much bigger fish to fry in Red Bank, and we do. We have serious crimes here,” he told redbankgreen in an interview this week. “But [illegal skateboarding] is an issue that has to be addressed.”

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TAKING TO THE AIR

skateboarderA skateboarder takes advantage of Monday’s warm weather by practicing ollies at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park. Tuesday will be cooler, wetter and windier, says the National Weather Service. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)