RNs Cindy Dalcin, Courtney Parrinello, Ariana Sanchez and Laura Brigantino told stories of how the community reached out in support and gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital staff send love letter to community

Nurses describe a windfall of support including food and protective equipment.

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Participants in the #OpenSBCRally marched along San Benito Street on May 1. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

#OpenSBC holds rally in Hollister

50 business owners and residents gather to speak out against shelter-in-place order.

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ER staff at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital will continue to wear face masks and be prepared for the coronavirus for a year or more. Photo provided by Laura Brigantino.

Health

The COVID-19 surge that didn’t happen

Hazel Hawkins ER director attributes low number of local cases to people staying home, but thinks the virus poses a long-term threat.

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The Hollister City Council is expected to discuss the future of the 2020 motorcycle rally in early May. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Future uncertain for 2020 motorcycle rally

Hollister City Council expected to discuss postponing in May.

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Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves $250K for homeless shelter

Funding will help maintain daily operations, which have switched to a 24-hour schedule since shelter-in-place went into effect.

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Work can continue on Santana Ranch homes because the development includes affordable units not yet under construction. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

County’s health orders upset construction industry

Exemptions allowing some projects to continue during shelter-in-place have sparked confusion and controversy.

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Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

How the census affects local school districts

Funding goes toward school services and programs such as special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, food assistance, and maternal and child health programs.

Mike Fisher cooking up the latest batch of vegetable soup for seniors and at-risk people served by Community FoodBank. Photos provided.

Business / Economy

Serving soup to San Benito seniors

Farmhouse Cafe owner and high school culinary teacher team up to feed those in need.

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The Hollister City Council was split 2-2 when it came to approving an annexation at 1070 Buena Vista Road. Photo courtesy of Google Satellite.

Government / Politics

Hollister council in stalemate over property annexations

Marty Richman’s seat will remain vacant until November election.

Hazel Hawkins ER Team conducting a video assessment with patient. Photo provided by Hazel Hawkins Hospital.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital preps for more coronavirus cases

ER medical director says “it’s the calm before the storm.”

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Female inmates at the San Benito County Jail attend remote Gavilan College classes. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

County jail releases 35 inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

None showed symptoms and all received a judge’s approval.

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SBC Sheriff Deputy Peter O'Day suited up in personal protective equipment. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

First responders speak on coronavirus preparedness

Police, fire and sheriff’s deputies wear personal protection equipment when necessary and limit in-person contact.

Teknova's 120 employees work to meet the demand for buffers in research to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Photos provided by Teknova.

Business / Economy

Teknova assists with COVID-19 research

Hollister biotech company produces cell culture media for those working to develop a vaccine.

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Hollister City Council members Honor Spencer and Carol Lenoir were present for the March 20 emergency meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves 11 resolutions to address COVID-19

Water shut-offs for delinquent accounts discontinued, playgrounds closed for duration of local emergency declaration.

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Marty Richman told BenitoLink on March 15 that if he couldn't give 100% to the community, then he had to resign. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman passes away

‘He loved the community,’ his daughter says.

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