Breaking the Law, Breaking the Law

A few teens enjoy a beautiful day in Red Bank on their skateboards outside of Riverside Gardens Park.

When it comes to places you can skate in Red Bank, your own personal driveway is really about it. Skating is prohibited in public parks and public parking lots, and forget about riding your board on the sidewalk, that's too no bueno, a borough police officer said Tuesday afternoon.

Despite these public restrictions, it's not completely rare to find kids riding skateboards around town or, in what seems to be a popular location considering the regular appearance of skate kids and board wax on the concrete steps and railings, in Riverside Gardens Park. Tuesday afternoon was no exception as a few teens practiced ollies and kickflips on the sidewalk right outside of the W. Front Street park.

Though police on patrol typically look the other way or simply tell kids to move along when it comes to skating - an admittedly anecdotal observation based on the ratio of teens seen skating versus reported criminal skating incidents - police arrested a 13 year old in the area of W. Front Street on Friday for, according to the , a skateboarding offense.

Further details of the skateboarding offense are not known.

Marjorie Smith April 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
At least they're not sitting in front of a t.v. or computer!
Shannon K. Winning April 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
When I was reporting on Red Bank 12 years ago this was an issue.(What happened to the YMCA skate park idea?) As I think it was 25 years ago when I was a teenager with skating friends and 35 years ago when my brother was skating. If my kids have any law breaking tendencies, I hope they will lean toward the athletic, fresh air skateboard kind instead of the hanging out on the corner kind.
Cindy Burnham April 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why doesn't Red Bank get a grant to put in a skate park at Count Basie Park? The youth in Red Bank would get alot more use out of that than spending money for "Turf" at Count Basie Park which is used primarly by RBC. Lets see a pay station there too! If Red Bank is going to put pay stations in all parks of RB, why not Basie? Just think of the revenue that would bring in! Count Basie Park gets more use than Marine, Maple Cove and River Side all together!
Col. Korn April 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree with you Shannon! Here is my Original Post on the Police Blotter page when this shameful incident first became known. "Col. Korn 7:43 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 My Dear Comrades, "A male juvenile age 13 of Red Bank was arrested on 4-6-12 in the area of W. Front St. for Skateboarding Offense by Ptl. John Camarca." When you arrest a young man for Skateboarding or any other Athletic offense, you are admitting that you have lost touch with the people you are sworn to protect. Ptl. John Camarca should be ashamed of himself and the Chief should send this patrolman to remedial training for the development of skills in dealing with juvenile offenders who are involved in athletic offenses. Enough said. Your Obt. Svt. Col. Korn, Chief O' Mayhem in the Great WW-2 and the Cold war, Now Chief O' Security, Sanitation and the Complaint Dept, OXOjamm Studios.
Col. Korn April 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
(Col. Korn Continues) P.S. How the powers that be got skateboarding outlawed in the first place is the real shame! All of us should be proud of these young folks who are trying to achieve some excellence in their lives! Hell, they make it look easy but it takes real skill and determination to do that sport! When I fought for our Country it was the youth that I was thinkin about and not about a bunch of armchair grouches that think everything young people do should be outlawed! I hope to God that one day they arrest the wrong kid who has a rich Father whose a lawyer or a Judge and who Whips their sorry asses in court and overturns this prejudicial law! (Hell, it may even be unconstitutional, being that they allow bicycles, roller-skaters and whatnot!). I say Let these young folks have their time! Lets be proud of them and lets give them the support they need to develop their skills farther to achieve great things in their lives! Regards, C.K.
Col. Korn April 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Dear Shannon, Thank you for your sensitivity regarding this lamentable incident. Our Young People need all the help they can get and it helps to know that you have the vision to see it. Your Obt. Svt. Col. Korn, Chief O' Mayhem in the Great WW-2 and the Cold war, Now Chief O' Security, Sanitation and the Complaint Dept, OXOjamm Studios. P.S. I dont like to have to paint because of the cleaning up part...but it sure feels good when its done and I can stand back and say, "Leonardo aint got nothin on me!" Hope your House painting project returns just that kind of satisfaction.
Jesse April 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Marjorie, Shannon & Col. Korn, They may be getting exercise, showing their skills, and not sitting in front of a computer or TV, but guess what: if you have the misfortune of living near a popular skateboarding hang-out, the sounds of the daily slapping, cracking, and loud hoots and hollers becomes a real nuisance. Red Bank isn't the only town with a skateboarding problem. I commend the Red Bank Police for arresting that 13 year old offender. I wish my local police would follow suit.
Col. Korn April 25, 2012 at 09:56 PM
My Dear Comrade, I can see your point! "daily slapping, cracking, and loud hoots and hollers", is a terrible price to pay for nurturing our youth a little. Why, Ill bet you never hollered or made noise when you were a Kid and so, you deserve a place where you can live in peace and quiet! I know a place in Florida where you can live where there's no Kids at all! Just the place for you! No Skateboarders, kids or pesky visitors of any kind at all to deal with! Why, you'll have the company of many others just like you! (And NO PESKY VISATORS! Nobody ever come to visit those folk except the local HRS overseers). Now wait a min. Folks...dont none of you start callin this person "Selfish" or "Self Centered" or Crotchety" or any of that kind O' Guff! Since the person in question was a Model Kid and never Made no Noise or Banged things and whatnot, it is only fitting that a just reward come due! Ahem, Now where was I ? Oh, The name O" the place is called, "Sunny Acres Retirement Village" and since I dont know (And Dont really want to know) how old you are, you may have to wait before you move there because they only take people over 65, (But something tells me that they might just make an exception for you, because the way I see it, You got all the right stuff!) Your Obt. Svt. Col. Korn, Chief O' Mayhem in the Great WW-2 (And the Cold War), Now Chief O' Security, Sanitation (And the Complaint Dept.) OXOjamm Studios.


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