San Benito High School administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School presents hybrid learning model for next school year

First day of school is set for Aug. 13, but plans remain ‘fluid.’

Nelcy Pulido Cruz (left), her daughter Ruby Pulido(center left), neice Clara Elena (center right) and sister Esperanza Cruz (back right) pick up supplies to decorate their cars to join the census caravan. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

Census caravan rolls through westside Hollister

Project encourages participation in the 2020 Census before the reporting deadline on Oct. 31.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

HSD Board of Trustees approves reopening plan

First day of instruction is Aug. 17.

Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District releases draft plan for reopening

Parents will choose from two models—one bringing students to classrooms twice a week; the other being online only.

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Outdoor dining space in front of Ohana Shaved Ice on San Benito Street. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

City makes San Benito Street closure more visible

More warning lights and signs are added after a car crashes into barricades on Memorial Day weekend.

Cars gathered in the Kmart parking lot on May 30 prior to the cruise. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cars come out for Saturday night cruise

Resident organizes drives through town to get people out of the house during shelter-in-place.

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Phil Esparza and Congressman Jimmy Panetta sort supplies collected during the farmworker relief drive on May 23. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Agriculture

Weekend relief drive gathers goods for farmworkers

Donations pile high at San Juan and Hollister fire stations.

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Albert Bracamonte and family dining outside Hollister House. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Business / Economy

Outdoor dining opens on San Benito Street

Several restaurants take part in weekend street closure. Check out photos from the first day.

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Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense Director Israel Ramirez with his wife Carmen and daughters Carmen, 14, and Miriam, 8. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo amid COVID-19

Two Hollister residents talk about planned festivities and how the pandemic has affected the holiday for them.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital labor and delivery department staff Ruth King, Rebecca Sherwood and Allison Griffin stand with Spring Grove teacher and Kindness Club Director Julie Neff. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Spring Grove teacher spreads kindness to essential workers

Julie Neff delivers food to those on the local frontlines of the pandemic.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Transportation

Survey proposes crosswalk art at Central Avenue

Idea would involve west side Hollister community in a project to promote traffic-calming measures.

Jenavie Hernandez stands by empty shelves with supervisor Chris Tanzi. Photos provided by Alex Esquivel.

Features

Grocery worker talks about staying on the job

Jenavie Hernandez shares tips for shoppers.

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Nine-year-old Bella and six-year-old Luca make their daily schedule. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Children and Youth

Parenting during the coronavirus pandemic

A mother of two gives her frontline account. It takes a little while to set goals and get a schedule going, but part of the learning experience is accepting the limits that come with this crisis.

Nutrition workers Eva Hernandez, Karen Kulpa and Dora Sanchez distribute food to families as they drive up. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

Despite closures, Hollister School District distributes student meals

Seven elementary and middle schools provide breakfast, lunch and snacks.

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Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

Organizer aims for higher attendance at HSD community input sessions

Meetings on local control and accountability plan offer parents a chance to share their thoughts on how funds should be spent within the school district.