The 2019 LEAD Cohort. Pictured from left to right front to back: Laura Romero, Kaki Rusmore, Ceci Romero, Lenina Sanchez, Alexandria Dami, Ivan Meza, Jennifer Ramirez, Maribel Alvarez, Brandi Lamb, Clare Margason, Darren Gertler, Richard Cheatham, Mindy Sotelo, Salina Chacon, Jody Rogers and May Nguyen. Photo Provided by LEAD.

Nonprofits

LEAD offers lessons for tri-county area nonprofits

Professional development institute hosts information session Aug. 6.

2019 BenitoLink Interns Pictured from left to right: Diana Lopez, Melissa Melton, Heather Graham and Francisco Romero. Not Pictured Fernando Gonzalez

Features

BenitoLink brings on five interns for the summer

Talented newcomers help to deepen our coverage.

Guests look at live auction items at the May 11 Sip, Savor and Celebrate fundraiser hosted by CASA of San Benito County. Photos by Laura Romero

Nonprofits

CASA celebrates successful annual fundraiser

Event brings 150 people from around San Benito County.

Our Lady Of Guadalupe. Photos by Laura Romero.

Hundreds gather for annual feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

All-night event includes Mass, music and dance performances, treats and warm drinks.

MBEP event was packed all day. Panels talked on several topics and then groups broke up into smaller sessions for discussions. Photo by Leslie David.

Business

Panel forecasts 15.5 percent regional growth in 20 years

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership says ‘urban suburbia’ describes the future of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

The weekly News Editorial meeting. (Left to Right) Team members Laura Romero, Carmel de Bertaut, Becky Bonner, Nicholas Preciado, Diviana Navarro, Blaire Strohn, Paul Hersh and John Chadwell. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

BenitoLink receives $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch!

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted for a $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign to promote donating to nonprofit newsrooms in local communities.

Our team of reporters discussing story ideas at the weekly BenitoLink meeting. Photo by Laura Romero.

Nonprofits

BenitoLink receives grant from Community Foundation

The grant will be used to update our website, making it more user-friendly.

Group photo of non-profits awarded. Photo by Laura Romero

Nonprofits

Community Foundation hosts Grant Award Night

Over 30 non-profits came together to celebrate their hard work and their continuous efforts to give back to their community.

(Left to Right) City Clerk Christine Black, Assemblymember Anna Caballero, Hollister Councilmember Mickie Luna. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero

Local Politics

Assemblymember Anna Caballero Hosts Open House for Hollister Satellite Office

Caballero also recognized Councilmember Mickie Luna and City Clerk Christine Black for their contributions to the community.

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Veterans Memorial Building Goes Solar

The solar panels are used to power the whole building.

Elementary school division (Left to Right)  First: Rasmeet Brar  Second: Max Westphal  Third: Brooklynn Goldstone  Fourth: Kim Barcelos Photos by The Rotary Club of Hollister

Children and Youth

2018 Spelling Bee winners to go on to state championship

The first and second place winners from each division will go on to represent the county at the California State Spelling Bee Championships.

Photo from Pixabay

Nonprofits

Pet Friends invites community to the 5th Annual Fur Ball Dinner and Auction

The event helps the no kill-shelter with year-round expenses

Bethany Wheeler talking about on her relationship with Jesus Christ. Photo by Elliot Ruiz

Children and Youth

Youth Alliance Hosts Hip-Hop Open Mic Night

The event was part of YA’s Youth Listening Campaign where they invite youth to make their voices heard.

Founder and CEO of Future Today Institute Amy Webb gives a presentation on the future of technology in the media

Nonprofits

Knight Media Forum: Strengthening Local News, Community and Democracy

500 people from across the country flocked to Miami to hear from leaders in the media industry on how to better connect with their local communities

Senior Abel Rivera changing his speed to chase the ball.  Photos by Elliot Ruiz

Recreation & Sports

SBHS Boys soccer varsity team wins game against Monterey High

The final score was 5-3.