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Burton takes helm of N.S. Chamber of Commerce

LYNN ? If the world ran on acronyms, North Shore Community College (NSCC) President Wayne Burton wouldn’t need to change his business card to accommodate his latest challenge.On Dec. 5, Burton will be formally welcomed as incoming chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCC), when the organization holds it annual dinner at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort in Danvers.State Attorney General Martha Coakley will give the keynote address while dinner highlights include special recognition to State Sen. Frederick E. Berry, for his more than 25 years of giving with F.B. Charities, Inc.Coakley began her legal career in 1979, practicing civil litigation with the firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and later at Goodwin Proctor LLP, both in Boston. She joined the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in 1986, as an assistant district attorney in the Lowell District Court office.In 1987, Coakley was invited by the U.S. Justice Department to join its Boston Organized Crime Strike Force as a Special Attorney. She returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1989, and in 1991 was appointed the chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit.In 1998, Coakley was elected Middlesex District Attorney. During her eight years as district attorney, Coakley established herself as an advocate for public safety, bringing justice to crime victims and their families, while emphasizing the importance of working with community leaders, schools, and law enforcement in a variety of multi-faceted prevention efforts.In January, Coakley took office as the first woman Attorney General of Massachusetts. Since taking office, she has focused on a variety of issues affecting the citizens of the Commonwealth, including cyber crime, identity theft, home foreclosures, access to affordable healthcare, and environmental protection.Throughout her career, she has been involved in community and professional organizations and boards, including the Women’s Bar Association, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. She has been honored by organizations statewide, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and the Victim Rights Law Center.Coakley received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1975, and law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1979. She lives in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O’Connor, Jr.The event, dubbed “Strong Partners, Powerful Solutions,” also promises to provide business networking opportunities, with more than 600 corporate executives expected to attend.The 89th annual dinner will also offer an appreciation to the chamber’s outgoing chairman, David LaFlamme, president of the North Shore Bank. The Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra will provide music for the event.The welcoming reception is from 5-6 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m., and keynote remarks from 7-8 p.m. To reserve individual tickets or a corporate table, call (978) 774-8565. Title and corporate sponsorships are available.Among the businesses slated to attend are Alexander & Femino, Bank of America, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Beverly National Bank, Castagna Construction, Century Bank and Trust Company, Citizens Bank, Community Newspaper, Connolly Brothers, Inc., Cranney Companies, Cummings Properties, Danversbank, Devine Millimet & Branch, Digital Hearing Healthcare,Dominion Salem Harbor Station, Eastern Bank. Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Endicott College, Environmental Compliance Services, Inc., Essex National Heritage Commission, Hospice of the North Shore, Inc., International Transport Services, Ipswich Clambake Co., Kirkland & Albrecht & Frederickson, P.C.,MacLean Holloway Doherty Ardiff & Morse, P.C., Murtha Cullina LLP, National Grid, NMTW Community Credit Union, North Shore Arc, North Shore Bank. North Shore Community College, North Shore Medical Center, North Shore Music Theatre, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, Northeast Health System, Onsite Videos, OSRAM Syl

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