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www.delransun.com
OCTOBER 2–8, 2013
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Talent show
‘Delran’s Got Talent’ hits thestage Oct. 24.
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By SHANNON CAULFIELD
The Delran Sun
The traffic of Route 130, the River Line and theconstant movement of life often make it easy toforget about nature, especially the nearly-hiddenAmico Island Park at the corner of River Driveand Norman Avenue.According to Burlington County Park Natural-ist Jennifer Bulava, the island is completely man-made, created from the material at the bottom of the Delaware River from dredging in the 1950s.Visitors will notice an access point for cars,which was added for people to drive on. It was pre-viously an island, according to Bulava, technical-ly making it a peninsula.“The plants that grow there are the only onesthat can grow in river sediment,” Bulava said.No trees on the island are more than 60 yearsold.“It’s a beautiful park that has a lot of wildlife.It’s a beautiful place for people to walk and enjoy,”Mayor Ken Paris said. “It’s peaceful back there.”According to Bulava, October through Febru-ary is the best time to see a variety of waterfowlthat stay through the winter.“They migrate from the Arctic and stay at the
SHANNON CAULFIELD/The Delran Sun
Amico Island Park overlooks the Delaware River andDredge Harbor in Delran. The 55-acre parcel of land con-tains numerous plants able to thrive on a manmade islandcreated from 1950s dredging sediment. Additionally, wa-terfowl and herons inhabit the island, making it ‘one of thebest locations on the East Coast to see them,’ according toBurlington County Park Naturalist Jennifer Bulava.
Amico
Island
Park
 please see
BUTTERFLY, page 3
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THE DELRAN SUN — OCTOBER 2–8, 2013
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Attention students of DelranMiddle School and Delran HighSchool: Dust off your ventrilo-quist dummy, tune your tap shoesand start practicing your jug-gling, because on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.,you will have the opportunity toshow off your talent on the bigstage.The Delran High School Inter-national Thespian Troupe No.4646 is hosting its annualfundraising event “Delran’s GotTalent” at the Morris R. BurtonPerforming Arts Center as a wayfor Delran students to showcasetheir talent.Mary Jo Hutchinson and CaraDavis, both teachers at the DelranIntermediate School, oversee theevent and say it is something thestudents look forward to yearafter year.“It’s a fun thing for the stu-dents to be a part of and a way forthe community in Delran to sup-port their children and theschools,” Hutchinson said. “Thestudents are always excited tohave the opportunity to performon stage in front of their friendsand their family.”Interested performers willhave to be available to attend thescreening audition on Wednesday,Oct. 9 between 4-6 p.m. in the Del-ran High School auditorium. Per-formers will also have to attendthe mandatory dress rehearsal onWednesday, Oct. 23 between 3:30-6p.m., which will again be held inthe auditorium.The Delran High School Thes-pian Society Troupe No. 4646 is af-filiated with the InternationalThespian Society, and is an honorsociety for theater students. Thesociety conducts variousfundraisers throughout the yearin addition to “Delran’s Got Tal-ent” to offset the cost of member-ship for its students.The teachers from schools inthe district will act as a “celebri-ty” panel of judges that will deter-mine the winners. First prize is a$100 Visa gift card; second placewill receive a $50 gift card andthird place gets a seemingly moredelicious prize, three large pizzasfrom Mike’s Pizza and Sub Shoplocated on Route 130 in Delran.The prizes are merely an after-thought as the performanceitself is the prize for the partici-pants.“We get a lot of really great,fun and interesting acts everyyear,” Hutchinson said. “It’s excit-ing to see what the kids will comeup with each year.”The Morris R. Burton Perform-ing Arts Center is located withinDelran High School, 50 HartfordRoad. Tickets are $5 and can bepurchased from any thespian so-ciety member, or at the door be-ginning at 6:15 p.m. To register orfor more information on the eventvisit www.delranschools.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=416.
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island,” Bulava said.According to the county parkswebsite, fall bird migration is ex-cellent at Amico. More than 20warbler species can be expectedthroughout the fall, as well as rap-tors, such as the Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Sharp-shinned andCooper Hawks. The winter water-fowl, such as the Shoveler andGreen-winged Teal, will arrive atthe island. Butterflies are also ac-tive through October.Unfortunately, the butterflypopulation has been dwindlingover the years, according to Bula-va.“I’ve only seen one or two inBurlington County this year,”Bulava said. “You may see a fewon the island once in awhile.”From February through June,more than 100 great blue heronsnest in a colony on an unnamedisland off the south end, Bulavasaid.“You can see [the nesting area]really well without disturbingherons,” Bulava said. “It’s one of 
SHANNON CAULFIELD/The Delran Sun
Amico Island Park is a 55-acre parcel of land containing numerousplants able to thrive on a manmade island created from 1950s dredg-ing sediment.
Butterfly population has dwindled
BUTTERFLY
Continued from page 1
 please see
ISLAND, page 11

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