Photo provided by the American Red Cross.

Nonprofits

Fifth annual Red Cross Farm to Table dinner raises $270,000

Money to go toward disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Amanda Chiado leads group discussion. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

BenitoLink reporter participates in a local writing lab

Arts Council creates safe space for sharing personal expression.

Vinnie of The GardenShoppe. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

GardenShoppe hosts Vino with Vinnie

Pet Friends to receive 25% of bar proceeds on event days.

The 2019 foster family appreciation dinner hosted by Gavilan Chapter Kinship Center at Jardines de San Juan. Photo provided by Kathy Tiffany.

Children and Youth

Third annual foster family appreciation dinner

Dinner served as a thank you to the families who foster vulnerable youth in San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Benito Resource Conservation District Board of Director openings

Organization seeking directors and associate directors to oversee programs that promote erosion control, water quality protection and more.

Schools

The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

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News

Updated BenitoLink Site to be revealed May 31

BenitoLink moves from Drupal platform to more user friendly WordPress platform May 31.

ASB Vice President Ian Sills (right) said, “I would like to thank the Kelly Freitas Memorial Scholarship for helping me pursue my educational endeavors.” Photo courtesy of Manny Freitas.

Schools

San Benito High seniors receive $275K in scholarships

Residents Manny Freitas and Ian Sills discuss the cost of college and helping local students reach their dreams.

Children and Youth

San Benito LULAC Council #705 goes to 2019 state convention

Local youth council attended state convention from May 17-19.

Guests enjoying food and drinks at the May 16 BenitoLink Spring Fiesta and Tequila Tasting. Photo by Leslie David

Features

BenitoLink hosts Spring Fiesta

We hope to host more community events in the future!

Forgiving Paws co-founders Maggie Lairson and Kathleen Smith shared their passion for helping pets in San Benito County with BenitoLink. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Nonprofits

Forgiving Paws carries on as thrift shop closes

Animal-focused nonprofit going in new direction.

Fremont Peak also has sweeping views of the surrounding area. Photo by Ian Sills.

Children and Youth

Clear skies and telescopes draw crowds to Fremont Peak Observatory

Weekend programs offer lectures on the solar system, star clusters and black holes.

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.

Brad Barbeau, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, addresses the crowd at the May 10 event. Photos by Matt Koller.

Business

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay awards $60,000 in prize money to winners

Three San Benito County businesses take part in finals, but none placed in their divisions.

Councilman Marty Richman spoke from the podium and challenged Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on claims of city staff and other council members having conflicts of interest and making back door deals. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business

Hollister politics turn ugly

Councilman Marty Richman challenges Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Councilman Rolan Resendiz on accusing staff, fellow council members of conflicts of interest and back door deals.