Group protests outside of Martina White’s Somerton office

Party of six: Members of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network protest outside Martina White’s office. TOM WARING / TIMES PHOTO A half-dozen members of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network last week protested outside state Rep. Martina White’s district office at 10752 Bustleton Ave. The organization is trying to stop HB 14, a bill introduced by …

DA candidate outlines criminal justice reform plan

Michael Untermeyer, a Democratic candidate for district attorney, presented his criminal justice reform plan in front of the Criminal Justice Center. The plan focuses on, in part, improving community relations. Untermeyer said that, instead of pursuing statistics on convictions, he’ll prioritize going after dangerous criminals and organizations. “We need a deputy-level position to oversee and …

A world of wonder

PHOTO: JESSE FAATZ Elizabeth Brown Gagnon is a Texas native who began gymnastic and dance at age 7, performed in local theater through childhood, then became a college cheerleader. All of that is serving Gagnon well as she performs in Toruk – The First Flight, a North American touring production of Cirque du Soleil. “It …

Lawncrest Community Association honors departing pastor

The Lawncrest Community Association last week welcomed several guest speakers and honored a departing pastor. Addressing the group were Hailey Stern, a Philadelphia Water Department city planner, and 2nd Police District Lt. John Barker, Sgt. Matthew Lowe and community relations officer Mark Mroz. Kathy Wersinger, an aide to City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, presented a citation …

Wonder woman

Controller crew: Alan Butkovitz appointed Fox Chase resident Christy Brady as post-audit deputy controller. MARIA YOUNG / TIMES PHOTO A few months out of college, Christy Brady took a job as an auditor trainee at the city controller’s office. “I knew at this job I could get the experience to become a CPA,” she said. …

Democrat El-Shabazz announces candidacy for D.A.

Tariq El-Shabazz on Monday announced he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for district attorney. El-Shabazz recently resigned as the district attorney office’s first assistant and deputy chief for investigations. District Attorney Seth Williams is not seeking another term. The other Democrats running are former federal prosecutor Joe Khan, former Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni, former …