Tick-borne infections have reached epidemic proportions on Long Island — and the North Fork is often thought of as ground zero for such illnesses. But many of the methods for controlling ticks are not cost-effective or limited by other constraints. Exacerbating this public health crisis is an expanding population of deer, which carry the harmful insects.
So what options are there to limit the deer and tick populations? How can the public better educate itself on tick-borne illnesses? What preventive measures can people take to ensure their personal health?
We’ll put these and other questions to a panel of experts at our next Times Review Talks event at The Vineyards at Aquebogue this Wednesday, April 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.
Panelists include Stony Brook University researcher Jorge Benach; Dr. Anna-Marie Wellins of the Medical Advisory Panel of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; Jeff Standish, Southold Town’s director of public works; Craig Jobes, environmental analyst for Southold Town; April Boitano, president of Tick Wise Education Inc.; and local businesswoman Jennifer Petrocelli, an advocate for individuals diagnosed with tick-borne illnesses. The discussion will be moderated by Times Review Media Group content director Grant Parpan.
Times Review Talks are panel discussions mostly on issues our communities are facing with the people who best understand the concerns and, in some cases, are in a position to make a difference. Future talks are expected to cover the topics of climate change, school enrollment and more.
The two-hour events will be held monthly. The $30 ticket price ($20 for Times Review subscribers) includes lunch. Space is limited, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance at http://bit.ly/TRTalks_APRIL.
This month’s lead sponsor is Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, which will be handing out tick removal kits to guests of the event.
Additional sponsorship partners include Suffolk Security Systems, Riverhead Ford Lincoln and Riverhead Buick GMC, East End Tick and Mosquito Control, North Shore Exterminators, Tick Masters and the North Fork Chamber of Commerce.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor of Times Review Talks, contact Sonja Reinholt Derr at 631-354-8050 or [email protected].