Author Archives: Liz Button

About Liz Button

Liz Button is a staff reporter for Hometown Media Group’s The Rye Sound Shore Review. Previously, she covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for The Daily Voice, an Internet-based, hyperlocal publication. She’s also written for Patch in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn., as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x20 or; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

Giuffra, Murray uncontested for school board

By LIZ BUTTON Bronxville residents Dr. Mary J. Giuffra and Adele Kittredge Murray are running uncontested to succeed Board of Education Trustees Dr. James Hudson and Pierre de Saint Phalle, who will vacate their seats this year after serving two three-year terms each. On May 20, the public will vote to elect the new trustees […]

Milton teacher joins suit

By LIZ BUTTON Third grade Milton School teacher Dana Coppola has joined fourth grade Osborn School teacher Carin Mehler in her lawsuit against six of the seven members of the Rye City School District Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez and several members of the district’s administration and staff, increasing total monetary damages sought […]

Mehler, Jines-Storey to run for school board

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City School District parents Jason Mehler and Blake Jines-Storey will join current board member Karen Belanger in this year’s contest to capture two vacancies on the Board of Education.  Mehler, the veteran of two unsuccessful attempts to win a seat on the City Council, has been a vociferous critic of the […]

Three uncontested for town school board

By LIZ BUTTON School board president Robert Summer, multiple-term board trustee Willa Brody and senior board member Vito Catania are running uncontested this year to keep their seats on the Eastchester Board of Education. The public will vote on the incumbents’ three open seats on May 20, as well as on the district’s $77.4 million […]

U.S. News ranks Rye 11th best high school

Rye High School is ranked 11th best public high school in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of Best High Schools, released April 28. Rye High ranked second best public school in the state when charter and magnet schools were removed from the list, which analyzed more than 19,400 high […]

Lessing’s to run Whitby

By LIZ BUTTON On Wednesday night, after press time, the city was expected to announce it reached an agreement with Long Island-based Lessing’s Inc. to take over food and beverage operations at Rye Golf Club’s Whitby Castle restaurant for the next 10 years. In its new partnership with Lessing’s, the company will pay a commission […]

SPI field house to allow for more than sports

By CHRIS EBERHART and PHIL NOBILE For the past six months, Rye resident George Szczerba has worried about the large-scale sports field house poised for construction in Playland’s parking lot and the impact it could have, sitting in a flood zone, just 30 yards away from his home.  A five-line provision tucked away in the […]

Mraz drummer plays Burrata

  By LIZ BUTTON Customers who visit Eastchester’s Burrata restaurant on Wednesdays can enjoy live music over their pizza and pasta from local performer Michael “Leroy” Bram, who plays drums for Grammy-winning singer Jason Mraz and is a regular on the national blues and roots music scene. Bram, who also plays guitar and harmonica and […]

Whitby plan off course

By LIZ BUTTON The city’s plan to hire a new food and beverage operator for its Whitby Castle facility has led to friction between the Rye City Council and Rye Golf Club Commission with golf season nearing full swing. The divide has reached such width the commission recently hired its own consultant to advise it […]

DPW union lobbies Bronxville for contract, raise

By LIZ BUTTON After Department of Public Works employees picketed Village Hall to protest what they saw as a raw deal previously offered by the village, the Teamsters Local 456 union, comprised of mostly DPW workers, and the administration agreed to reconvene at the bargaining table to hash out a new contract for the union. […]