July 22, 2011
For most of the year, Alex Gray can't skateboard anywhere in Ocean City . Not on sidewalks, alleys or on the streets. Definitely not on the famous boardwalk. A town ordinance forbids it from April to October. You get caught, as the 17-year-old Ocean City native did a week ago, and police give you a $100 ticket. "Laws are laws," he said they told him. But since Thursday, the Dew Tour, the internationally recognized skateboarding, BMX and surfing competition, has set up shop on the south end of the pier for four days of games and free concerts.
July 20, 2011
Bucky Lasek, dressed like a typical skateboarder in a plaid button-up and khaki pants, is in disguise. "I just grew this beard and mustache," said Lasek, pointing to his scruffy facial hair. "I think that's why people don't recognize me. " Over lunch at Costas Inn in Dundalk - Lasek's hometown - nobody seems to recognize the man who is usually a local celebrity. Lasek, who visits home once or twice a year, hasn't lived in Maryland since 1998, when he moved to Encinitas, Calif., a suburb of San Diego.
July 15, 2011
A Springfield man, 28, reported that he was hit in the head with a skateboard and robbed July 10 as he was getting out of his car in the 9100 block of Elaine Court. According to Laurel Police, the man said four males and a female approached him as he exited his car. One person struck the man on the head with a skateboard and took his wallet and flowers. According to police, the person smashed windows on four vehicles before leaving in the direction of Bowie Road and Lafayette Avenue.
July 7, 2011
Beginning Monday, Ocean City will be all about the Dew, Dew, Dew. That's the extreme sports Dew Tour, of course, which opens here on July 21. In preparation for what is sure to be a huge event, the city will start setting up the beachside venue, which will span the beach from north of the pier to Caroline Street, adjacent to the boardwalk. The set-up will include a vert ramp, skateboard bowl and a BMX park, plus a festival village. City officials said to lessen the impact to beachgoers, equipment for the set-up will be brought in during the early morning hours, from midnight to 6 a.m. However, construction will take place during the day and probably last right up until the event.
February 28, 2011
A Circuit Court judge upheld Monday the Baltimore police commissioner's firing of a city officer who was caught on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder at the Inner Harbor three years ago and failed to document it in a report. The ruling by Judge Sylvester B. Cox sets the stage for an appeal, which lawyers said is likely, promising continued debate over Salvatore Rivieri's actions and his vitriolic lecture on parenting and youthful indifference that was watched by hundreds of thousands of people on YouTube.
October 7, 2010
I am fond of skateboarders. One of my sons used to be one. When our young skater used to slip away from home, my wife and I knew chances were good that he was either at "the statue" in front of the Lyric Opera House or at "the bowl" in Lansdowne, working on his tricks. In those years, I learned that although many skaters looked "hard," they were good souls. But until I visited Johnny Rad's, I did not know that skaters were so fond of vegetables. Johnny Rad's, named after a character in a skateboard movie, sits in the 2100 block of Eastern Ave., next door to a firehouse and across the street from a duckpin bowling alley.