Amalia Ellis (right) and her mother Kerry. Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: The heartbreaking complexities of in-home caregiving

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is an act of love and patience. One local woman shares her story.

Kamal Yoga hosting a session outdoors. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Area fitness services adapting to pandemic guidelines

Oasis moving to a new location.

Mary Margaret Lanning, creator and owner of Overall Fitness and Nutrition, demonstrates a straight arm plank. Photo courtesy of Mary Marguerite Lanning.

Health / Fitness

Tips for exercising at home

How to adopt, or maintain, fitness goals while sheltering in place.

Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

Brian Lucas, owner of Off the Chain bike shop in Hollister. Photo provided by Brian Lucas.

Sports & Recreation

Off the Chain and into the wild

Bike store owner Brian Lucas talks about personal fit.

Caroline Perry, a student at Ladd Lane, working on school work at home. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Sheltered at home, San Benito students study with homework packets

Schools in Hollister send out review work each week on math, science, reading and art.

Just a few of the pizzas delivered to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital staff by Graniterock and Granite Construction. Don Barrett with Graniterock (center) in blue. Hospital staff names were not provided by publication. Photo provided.

Business

Nurses and Doctors get recognition in the form of a hot meal

Two regional companies decide to join together and help sustain staff at three area hospitals with a tall stack of pizzas from local restaurants.

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.

Taking a walk with your child while following appropriate social distancing measures can be a great way to get exercise during the shelter-in-place order. Photo provided by Meghan Ross.

Children and Youth

Families share experiences during shelter-in-place order

Five San Benito County parents share thoughts on keeping kids engaged.

San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School postpones 8th Grade Parent Nights

School said all other campus events, including sporting events and Saturday’s dance, remain scheduled as planned, but could be postponed or cancelled pending further guidance from health officials.

Students at Bulldog Boxing Gym in Hollister. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Bulldog Boxing Gym thanks Community Foundation

Grant funding helps gym meet goals and provide for local at-risk youth.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health / Fitness

1k Leprechaun Leap and Doggie Dash coming to Hollister

Morning run includes obstacle course at Dunne Park and pet show with prizes.

5K start at the 2019 Mission 10 Race in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Mission 10 Race returns to San Jaun Bautista

Jan. 25 event includes one-mile fun run, 5k, 10-mile distance and half-marathon.

Bryanna Morales, 15, Angela Martinez, 14, and Ariana Ventura, 15, hang out in the video game room at the Esperanza Center in Hollister during the Jan. 6 grand opening of the youth drop-in center. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Youth programming comes to Esperanza Center

Aside from providing a place to hang out with friends, the drop-in center offers workshops, case managers and homework tutors.

Starting your New Year's fitness routine can be as simple as taking a walk around your community. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Health / Fitness

Keeping fitness goals for the new year

Local experts give tips on maintaining motivation.