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.