Don't Let a Little Tick Become a Big Problem

Building a Model community Response to End Lyme Disease
April 2016 - 2018

Building a Model Community Response to End Lyme Disease is a new initiative developed by Ridgefield based Lyme Connection, SmartRevenue, and the Ridgefield Library, with support from Western Connecticut Health Network, to promote Lyme disease prevention and to provide greater understanding of the seriousness of the disease among all community members.  Our efforts are focused on aligning and leveraging a wide range of public and private resources to create a quantifiable model that can be emulated by other communities.

Contact: Lesley Lambton, Adult Programs Director, 203-438-2282 x 11013,

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Programs & Events

For a full listing of Building a Community Response to Lyme Disease programs and events click here.


Featured Events:

May 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 7 PM

Author Talk with Lori Dennis

Lyme Connection and the Ridgefield Library present an Author Talk with Lori Dennis who will discuss her recently released memoir Lyme Madness: Rescuing My Son Down The Rabbit Hole of Chronic Lyme Disease . 



Saturday, May 6, 10 AM

Protecting Your Family From Tick-borne Diseases

Tick-borne disease prevention expert Dr. Neeta Connally and Master Gardner Tessa O’Regan are teaming up to teach effective strategies for staying safe  from ticks while still enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you’re a weekend gardener or avid hiker, pet owner or parent, you’ll benefit from hearing the latest research on disease prevention along with landscaping tips for reducing ticks in your yard. This program covers the complete “tool box” of prevention options and provides the perfect opportunity to ask questions. Everyone will leave with a free tick tweezer … just in case.  



Thursday, April 14, 2016
6 PM @ Ridgefield Library

Panel and Forum

First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Ridgefield-based Lyme Connection founders Jennifer Reid and Karen Gaudian will introduce Building a Model Community Response to End Lyme Disease, a new initiative, with a panel of speakers including Andy Warren, CFO, Discovery Communications; John Dranow, CEO, SmartRevenue, a Ridgefield-based research company; Amber Butler, MPH, Lead Research Associate at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN); and Dr. Neeta Connally, PhD, Assistant Biology Professor at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). In addition, community partner groups will discuss what roles they can play in encouraging, teaching and promoting Lyme disease prevention and early symptom identification throughout our community.HF NSTE

Event sponsored by Western Connecticut Health Network


Thursday, April 28, 2016
7 PM
@ Ridgefield Library

Best Practices for Family Lyme Disease Prevention and Community Launch of a Social Media Prevention Campaign | Presentation

Tick- borne disease prevention expert and Ridgefield resident Neeta Connally PhD, will present best-practice strategies for staying safe while continuing to enjoy the great outdoors with your family.  Dr. Connally is an Assistant Biology Professor at Western Connecticut State University and Director of the Tick Research Lab at WCSU.  She is also scientific advisor for Ridgefield’s BLAST Prevention Program.  Kate Fitzpatrick, of Kate Fitzpatrick Social Media & Public Relations Consulting, will officially launch our Social Media Prevention Campaign exclusively designed for Lyme Connection by Discovery Communications. Bring your smartphones to share the campaign!

Watch the video of the entire presentation (1 hour 29 mins.)


Thursday, May 19, 2016
10th Annual Lyme Connection Patient Seminar and Health Fair at Western Connecticut State University

5 PM to 9:30 PM Health Fair
7 PM to 9:30 PM - Speakers @ WCSU, Westside Campus, Student Center

Thursday, May 19  l  Health Fair 5pm- 9:30pm, Speakers 7pm- 9:30pm | WCSU, Westside Campus, Student Center 

Hosted by Lyme Connection, this free, patient-focused event, features experts in patient care, tick-control, testing and new product development. Keynote speaker Kenneth Liegner, MD is a physician and author of the recently released book, In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease. HF NSTE 

Registration not required.

Wednesday, May 25 through Thursday, June 30, 2016

Exhibit: Suffering the Silence
Lower Level Gallery @ Ridgefield Library

Based on Author Allie Cashel’s book, Suffering the Silence, this exhibit explores the value of telling and sharing the patient story in recovering from diseases such as Lyme that are misunderstood and invisible to the outside world. A gallery presentation of Ms. Cashel’s collection of patients’ self- portraits will be on display in the Ridgefield Library’s Lower Level Gallery from May 25th through June 30th.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016
7 PM @ Ridgefield Library

Art Exhibit Opening, Interview, and Book Talk

Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH, PC, treating physician, researcher, and past president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), will offer a physician’s insights into the unique and complex experience Lyme patients often face. The patient perspective will be represented by author Allie Cashel.  Ms. Cashel’s book, Suffering the Silence, explores the value of telling and sharing the patient story in recovering from diseases such as Lyme that are misunderstood and invisible to the outside world. A gallery presentation of Ms. Cashel’s collection of patients’ self- portraits will be on display in the Ridgefield Library’s lower level Gallery May 25th through June 30th. PVA HF NSTE

Reception following the talk sponsored by FLIK International

Please register

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
10:30 AM @ Ridgefield Library
Healing and Hope through Artistic Expression: Guided Memoir Writing with Phyllis Ross

Patients suffering from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses are invited to explore the healing benefits of the creative process through guided writing in this four-session workshop (Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28). Instructor Phyllis Ross, MSW, LMSW, DSW, has taught writing at Western Connecticut State University and at the Fir Acres Workshop of Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking. She currently teaches writing at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women and coaches writing privately. Phyllis is also a licensed social worker with a practice in Katonah, NY. Limited to 15. L E  HF NSTE

Series made possible by the Ridgefield Library’s Noreen L. Papa Mothers: Live Your Life Fund

Registration is required for all four workshops. By registering for the first workshop you will be registered for all four workshops. 

Please register.

June & July 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ @ Ridgefield Library
The Library's 2016 Summer Reading programs for children, teens and adults feature [programs and activities focused on health and wellness, including Lyme Disease awareness and prevention. More about Summer Reading here.


Program Sponsors & Partners

Lyme Connection Task Force and Advisers
Smart Revenue
Ridgefield Library
Western Connecticut Health Network
Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund
Creating Change
The Leir Charitable Foundations
The Lewis Fund
The Berisford Family
UTC Aerospace Systems
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association
Rotary Club of Ridgefield
Town of Ridgefield
Chistienne F. Coates, MD
Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH, PC
Carolyn M. Couture, MD
Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, BCN, LPC
Steven E. Phillips, MD
Barbara Bangser, Barbara Faye Advising, LLC
Francis Sheehan, Media Production Services

Library Materials

Circulating non-fiction materials, most reference books and non-fiction DVDs are shelved together in the stacks. Fiction titles and audiobooks on CD are found in the Adult Services Department on the Upper Level. The author's work is also available in Ebook versions that are available for download from several websites.

Lyme Disease in the News: Recommended Links

Lyme Connection

CDC Lyme

Lyme Disease Association


International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

Tick Management Handbook

URI Tick Enounter Resource Center



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