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.

High school touts AP Art History class curriculum

By LIZ BUTTON Advanced Placement Art History is a popular elective class at Rye High School and, next year, teacher Sara Charles said, the course curriculum will be aligned with the AP World History curriculum, giving broader meaning and deeper historical context to her art history class’ current global focus. Charles teaches both classes, making […]

Teacher deal ignites controversy

By LIZ BUTTON Gail Topol, one of four elementary school teachers suspended eight months ago after being accused of “improperly coaching” students on state tests, has signed a settlement agreement with the Rye City School District to return to the classroom, but at a special Board of Education meeting called for the morning of Jan. […]

Sack begins transparency campaign for North Street plan

By LIZ BUTTON Rye residents will have full warning and a fair say well before any senior affordable housing complex at the corner of North Street and Theodore Fremd Avenue ever breaks ground, according to Mayor Joe Sack. Sack, a Republican, said, in the recent past, the public did not have enough notice preceding certain […]

CodeRED system to replace Reverse 911 calls

By LIZ BUTTON The Rye City Police Department implemented the new CodeRED emergency notification system on the first of the year as a more cost-effective and efficient replacement for the city’s current Reverse 911 phone alert system. While both systems send out time-sensitive, personalized and geographically targeted messages with critical community alerts like weather emergency […]

Chocolate’s history explored at Square House event

By LIZ BUTTON The history of any one thing is the history of everything. That is the philosophy behind the Rye Historical Society’s Square House museum’s new series of historical tutorials. And on the evening of Jan. 23, the one thing in question was chocolate. Advertising executive Michael Jordan, whose list of clients includes high-end […]

Suspended, charged teacher resigns

By LIZ BUTTON One of the four elementary school teachers suspended from their jobs in May 2013 has resigned from the Rye City School District following an eight-month suspension over allegations of “improper coaching” on state tests. At a special Board of Education meeting on Friday, Jan. 17, the board approved a settlement between fourth-grade […]

Falk appointed interim police commissioner

By LIZ BUTTON The city has appointed Rye police Lt. Robert Falk interim police commissioner to serve for a period of 30 days beginning Jan. 16, the final date of employment for Police Commissioner William Connors. Falk, 55, will hold the position for a month while the new City Council under Republican Mayor Joe Sack […]

City: Six in running to take over Whitby Castle

By LIZ BUTTON Moving forward on its journey to outsource Rye Golf Club’s food and beverage operations, the city is currently vetting six proposals it received last month from companies interested in taking over management of Whitby Castle’s restaurant and catering facility. Over the past decade, Whitby Castle has been a financial liability for the […]

Nature Center hosts Sandy cleanup for MLK day

By LIZ BUTTON More than one year after Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, volunteers from the community gathered at the Rye Nature Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, to continue storm damage clean up as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  The group of 15 volunteers, led by […]

Music students selected for state, county ensembles

By LIZ BUTTON Fourteen high school, middle school and elementary school musicians from the Rye City School District were selected out of hundreds of students to participate in the 2013-2014 New York State School Music Association state and county competitions. Dr. Dan Brown, a high school-/middle school band teacher, said the music association program auditions […]