Kramer Manor Park Community Cookout

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Councilman Lou Beckerman, Assembly members Linda Stender and Jerry Green, picnic committee member Lamont Davis. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Picnic committee president Derek Garrett with Scotch Plains Councilman Lou Beckerman. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Assemblyman Jerry Green shakes hands as Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Scotch Plains Councilman Lou Beckerman look on. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Assembly members Jerry Green, Linda Stender and Scotch Plains Councilman Lou Beckerman at Lou's vintange ice cream truck. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Scotch Plains Councilman Lou Beckerman, center, with picnic organizers Daphne Sims Marshall, Derek Garrett, Tony Ebron and Kevin Elridge. Credits: Tom Kranz
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N. Steven Harris, who designed the picnic's official t-shirt and cover art for the ad journal, with picnic committee president Derek Garrett. Credits: Tom Kranz
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Current and former residents of the Kramer Manor Park section of Scotch Plains gathered Saturday, July 13 for the Third Bi-Annual Community Cookout in the park. Kramer Manor Park became a popular place for African-American families to settle starting in the 1950s and 60s after relocating from Newark, Edison, Westfield and other cities.

Today, the residents celebrate their history with this bi-annual barbecue, inviting former residents who now reside in other states. The event is organized by a committee of residents and this year featured an ad journal that helped to pay for the event. Scotch Plains Councilman Lou Beckerman brought his vintage ice cream truck, stocked with frozen treats. Assemblyman Jerry Green and Assemblywoman Linda Stender also attended. Fortunately, the rain backed off for most of the day.

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