Anthony Santoro has been involved in skateboarding since the early ‘70s. He grew up skating at long gone Easy Rider Skatepark on South Market Street in Wilmington as well as many other parks and back yard ramps throughout the tri-state area. His passion for skateboarding is what led him to get involved with the Wilmington Skate Project. He joined the organization in 2008 and dropped in, getting involved immediately.
Fun-loving, passionate, creative and driven… these are words Santoro’s friends, coworkers, family and former managers use to describe him. He has been both a business owner and a management executive for a number of companies in the fields of fire protection, security, access control as well as the HVAC & Electrical Industries. He also loves surf fishing.
Santoro is currently works at his photography business, DiamondState Photography and high temperature textile business, Hi-Tech Products. Santoro is the artistic eye behind the photographic images of Wilmington Skate Project.
In addition to being President of Wilmington Skate Project, he has been involved in a number of professional and community organizations including:
- Christiana Rotary (President Elect)
- Delaware All-State Theatre – Board Member
- Delaware Hospice – Development Committee
- Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware (Member)
- NCCBOR – Affiliate Member
Anthony lives in Newark, Delaware, with his wife Kristina and his children Anthony (25) and Brandon (11).
Although he doesn’t jump on his skateboard any longer, he continues to tirelessly carve his way through any obstacles to bring more free skateparks to Delaware and beyond.
Mighty Joe Castro is a Philadelphia based collage artist, musician (The Lift Up), oil painter and graphic designer. His paintings and collages have been shown in galleries and art spaces across the United States, Canada, and Europe. They have been described as “a controlled explosion, aggressive and pensive (Kolaj Magazine).” He is a signature member of the National Collage Society (USA).
Born in New York, he spent his formative years in Delaware skateboarding and playing guitar player in several bands including Nero (Obese Pharaohs of Funk) and the critically acclaimed The Situation. Formed in 2001, The Situation signed with Elephant Stone Records in 2004, releasing The Reece Nasty EP, followed by their self titled full length in 2006, both garnered critical praise from Pitchfork, The Big Takeover,Skyscraper and Magnet. The band toured the states, and opened for bands such as The Strokes, The Libertines, Nada Surf, BJM, The Make-Up and Arthur Lee & Love. Their music has been featured on shows for both MTV and Fuel TV. The group disbanded in 2006.
His art work has appeared in the books The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art (Gestalten), 50/50 (Collage Collective Co,) Z2A: A Collage Alphabet Book (Benzene Editions), as well as in GQ Style (Germany), Kolaj Magazine, FABA Collage Mag, Color Magazine and on the cover of The Artist Cataloug (Fall 2013) along with numerous art blogs. He has created skateboard graphics for Science Skateboards (UK) and Switch Skate Shop and in 2010, he was one of 6 artists selected (from over 450 applicants) by Vans and Color Magazine to customize one pair of canvas sneakers, which were displayed in art shows in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
When not working on new paintings and collages, he runs his own graphic design business, Red Attic Studios, where he has created gig posters for bands such as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, She & Him, Sturgill Simpson, Echo and the Bunnymen, Death Cab for Cutie and Pavement. He has directed music videos for The Sky Drops, Curly Castro, and Zilla Rocca. He is a board member of the Wilmington Skate Project, where he curated two benefit art shows, one of which was featured on Fuel TV’s What’s Happening with Chris Pastras show.
In the early 2000s, Mark Calder and former Wilmington City Councilman Kevin Kelley co-founded the Wilmington Skate Project (WSP). The inspiration for the Project came from various sources, including the proliferation of skate parks around the country, a similar effort in nearby Philadelphia (Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund), and a desire to provide a free and safe skateboarding venue for Wilmington youth.
As a kid, he first skated on the homemade boards of the time, a 2 x 4 wood plank put together with salvaged roller skate wheels. He later rode a clear acrylic board in his teens. Then as a Father, his two sons became interested in skateboarding. Together with his family, he spent many vacations researching skateboard parks in the U. S. and Canada.
Over the years, Mark has helped to plan and facilitate numerous free skate jams for local youth, as well as art and music events that showcased local musicians and artists in a way that helped raise funds and awareness for the WSP. Most noteworthy, in 2006 he co-curated the art show fundraiser, “Some of My Best Friends are Skateboarders”.
A native Delawarean, Mark served the Penn Acres Civic Association as a volunteer for 20 years, and is a member of the Sons of the American Legion (Stahl Post 30). Mark worked for the DuPont Company for over 38 years, and is currently employed as a Research Technician with the Chemours Company, a recent DuPont spinoff.
Elizabeth wants to live in a world of economic and social justice, where skaters get to skate and “thank you” notes are handwritten. Yeah… she’s a hopeful romantic. As a parent of two beloved sons, Elizabeth is eager to help create a world class skatepark in the City of Wilmington. She appreciates having the opportunity to advocate for skaters’ rights and help dispel negative myths. Yeah… hater’s gonna hate but let’s find a solution to that together.
Elizabeth’s work as the Senior Catering Sales Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia requires her to be detail-oriented, thorough and organized. She has worked on social media campaigns, developed unique collateral, electronic menus and strategic communication.
Learning the difference between a 50-50, nose grind or Smith grind has not been easy since she doesn’t skate; however, Elizabeth is an eager and enthusiastic learner. She appreciates the differences between a kick flip, a hard flip and an inward heel flip. Still though, there are times when she embarrasses her oldest son by thinking she knows a term but actually she is utterly mistaken on its meaning.
Elizabeth has superb communication skills. She can be very outspoken and she loves telling others the advantages of skateboarding and of fostering active skate communities in Wilmington and beyond. She especially likes to showcase how, contrary to stereotypes and previously held beliefs, skateboarders are a diverse, kind and inclusive group of both adults and children. If only highway drivers would yield as well as skaters do, there would be less road rage. She also believes loyalty and enthusiasm can be cultivated quickly with a common goal.
Elizabeth is courageous and not afraid to ask tough questions or speak out for the collective good. Working with the Wilmington Skate Project is an exciting opportunity to enhance the City of Wilmington as a destination for sports enthusiasts, families and tourists in a safe, healthy environment. You can find her reading a library book at the edge of a skate park… not getting any reading done, but seeing the glass half full.
Independent Professional Musician
Chuck, well-known for his work as a session musician and professional skateboarder, spent most of his life in Philadelphia. His credits include starting the 1980’s skate punk band, Mcrad, remixing songs for Amy Grant and Sting, playing the bass line on “The River of Dreams” by Billy Joel, filling in on drums at Pearl Jam concerts, and touring Urge Overkill and the Bad Brains. In 2010, Chuck was awarded a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a prestigious and well-deserved award for his work in music/arts.
Treece grew up in Newark, Delaware, where he attended John Dickinson High School, but moved to Philadelphia in 1982 because, according to Treece, “I was sick of high- school and I knew I wasn’t going to college. I knew I wanted to do music and skate.”
Between 1982 and 1990, he was a professional skater with endorsements by several companies, including Santa Cruz Skateboards, Powell-Peralta and Airwalk sneakers. Treece released two albums with his band McRad, Absence of Sanity in the 1980s (rereleased 2001) and FDR in 2007. He also played guitar with New York Hardcore band Underdog and recorded on their 1989 LP “Vanishing Point”. In 1991, he also released a solo album on Caroline Records titled Dream’n.
In 2008, Treece joined producer Chris DiBeneditto at Philadelphonic Studios to record the drum tracks for The Movement’s 2008 rock/reggae album Set Sail. Treece continues to skate at FDR Skatepark in Philadelphia, but now lives in Furlong, PA, a suburb outside of the city. Since June 2011, Treece has been focusing on the Team Spazzz project, while also touring to Europe and Brazil with McRad and Japan, with the BlkTop Project. Most recently, Chuck has been touring for The Lemonheads and will start the European leg of the tour in April 2012.
State of Delaware