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Courtesy photoChristine Bernardini of Methuen has joined Touchstone Closing of Andover as a partner.


Law firm welcomes new partner 

Touchstone Closing, a law firm specializing in real estate closings, welcomed a new partner, according to a statement.

Christine Bernardini, an attorney and university professor who lives in Methuen, joined as a partner at the Andover office. 

"We’re thrilled to welcome Christine to the Touchstone Closing team," said John O’Donohue, co-founder and managing partner. "Her experience in title examination, short-sale negotiations, tenant-landlord matters and condominium representation will truly enhance our client services."

Bernardini serves on the board of directors for Team Summit, a nonprofit organization that works with youth in Lawrence and surrounding towns who are not deeply engaged in or do not have access to other youth development resources. 

"Touchstone is a perfect fit for me and I’m honored to join such an impressive team," she said in the statement. "I’m looking forward to contributing to an already successful and busy practice."

Touchstone Closing is locally owned and has offices in Andover, Boston and Chatham. For more information visit

Addison Gallery to host virtual event

Associate Curator of American Art Gordon Wilkins will lead a virtual tour and talk and explore artworks from the Addison Gallery exhibition "To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980–2000," at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Wilkins will discuss the ways in which artists use their work to hold a mirror up to the injustices of their time, combat apathy, and provoke change.

Registration is required through Zoom. Complete details can be found at

The program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Prince Lobel opens local law center

Prince Lobel is expanding to the North Shore with an Andover family law conference center, according to a statement.

Prince Lobel hosts a team of family law attorneys and support staff who provide high-quality, compassionate and cost-effective legal representation on matters such as divorce, custody, modification, enforcement actions, paternity, prenuptial agreements and appeals, as well as serving as mediators, the statement reads.

Prince Lobel also can assist when non-family law issues arise such as trusts and estates, corporate, tax, real estate, criminal, and employment law.

Gath named to Budget Buddies Inc. board

Shannon Gath of Andover is a new board member for Budget Buddies Inc., a financial-education agency dedicated to boosting budgeting and financial planning skills among low-income women and teen girls.

“I’ve spent my career advocating and building awareness to close the gender equity gap, as I strongly believe that there should be an equal financial opportunity for all regardless of gender, race or any other trait that currently falls victim to bias by others,” Gath said in a statement.

“I am honored to be joining the Budget Buddies board of directors to help women build their financial literacy so they can have the knowledge and confidence to break through barriers to improve their lives through greater economic stability.”

Gath is the chief information officer at AMAG Pharmaceuticals. She has more than 20 years of experience in information technology focused on global pharmaceuticals, financial services and high-tech sectors.

In 2020, Gath was recognized by the National Diversity Council as a Most Powerful Women in Tech. She’s also been named an Enterprise Finalist for the 2019 Boston CIO of the Year Awards for her leadership, innovation and excellence and was named a “2019 Rising Star” by Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

Gath holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University.



Affordable housing discussion

At 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, Andover Community Trust Board member Dara Obbard will be moderating a conversation about affordable housing with Andover Community Trust homeowner Sidney Davila, the trust's Executive Director Denise Johnson, Andover's Senior Planner Lisa Schwarz and the Rev. Dana Allen Walsh of South Church. 

They will be discussing why affordable housing is critical in town, where affordable housing exists in Andover, what Andover is doing today and what more can be done.

The program will be on Zoom. It is a collaboration of Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library.

Complete details can be found at








Session addresses avoiding scams, fraud

Learn how to protect yourself from many of the schemes devised by fraudsters and scammers in a panel discussion at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19.

The program will be led by Prema Nagathan, senior vice president and security director at Enterprise Bank, and Edmund Donnelly, director of external affairs for AT&T Services, Inc.

It is hosted by the Andover Senior Mentors — Roland Jacobson, Jeff Kaplan and Don Schroeder — as well as Memorial Hall Library.

Register through Zoom. Complete details can be found at

Nagathan is the senior vice president and security director at Enterprise Bank. She oversees the bank’s physical security and fraud Investigations. A certified fraud examiner, she is an active member of the Financial Elder Abuse Task Force in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She also serves as the chair of the Lowell Area Board for the Department of Children and Families and is a co-chair of the Merrimack Valley Financial Crimes Network.

Donnelly currently serves as the director of external affairs, state legislative and regulatory affairs for AT&T Services, Inc.

In this role, he facilitates all of the public policy advocacy of the company at all levels of state government for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also leads municipal engagement on permitting and siting issues related to wireless technology.

Further, he also leads AT&T’s community engagement efforts to bring training sessions to local senior centers across Massachusetts to teach seniors and others how to avoid consumer scams and develop their skills with technology.


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