Protesters form a circle before marching toward the San Juan Road overpass at a July 19 demonstration over proposed development along Highway 101. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Protesters rally against Hwy. 101 commercial node development

Group aims to preserve ag lands and natural beauty.

Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old with fragile x syndrome, has blossomed since starting work with Growing Hearts Garden Center. Photo provided by Chris Evans.

Nonprofits

Growing Hearts one at a time

Hollister nonprofit is helping Mason Churchill, a 17-year-old resident with fragile X syndrome, develop both personally and professionally.

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.

The Sun Street Centers house on Sixth Street in Hollister. File photo.

Nonprofits

Sun Street Centers celebrates renewed three-year accreditation

Since 1968, Sun Street Centers has worked to treat patients with alcohol and drug addiction.

Linda and Pat Lampe cutting the ribbon in front of Worth Saving Thrift Store. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Our Economy

Worth Saving has grand opening

Hollister thrift store supports local low-income residents and homeless.

Community Foundation President Gary Byrne and Grants/Projects Manager Salina Chacon receive check from the Teichert Foundation. Photo provided by the Community Foundation for San Benito County.

Nonprofits

Community Foundation receives grant for nonprofit education

Teichert Foundation awards $5,000 to address areas of need.

100 plus old sheepherder's wagon was restored by Dave Wright for the Downtown Parade. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

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

Parade kicks off San Benito County rodeo festivities

A herd of longhorns leads dozens of parade participants.

The annual golf tournament and dinner party takes place at San Juan Oaks Golf Course in Hollister. Photo courtesy of the Kelly Freitas Memorial Endowment.

Recreation & Sports

Ninth annual Kelly Freitas Memorial Golf Tournament coming in July

Proceeds benefit endowment providing scholarships for local students.

Speakers from ABC News, Austin-American Statesman and Pro Publica share their experiences of covering government with the audience. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

BenitoLink reporter attends two journalism conferences in Houston

Gatherings highlight investigative reporting and nonprofit news organizations.

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.

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.

Rockie Ruiz talks with BenitoLink as she works on her project at the Esperanza Center open house on May 22. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Esperanza Center opens its doors

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, San Benito County Behavioral Health showcases its daytime activity facility.

YMCA – The River Run

Date/Time August 24, 2019 to 07:45 AM Description The River Run 2019 describes the unique experience that awaits as you meander through a working sand and gravel quarry. Participants can choose a 1 mile Family Fun Run or 5K walk/run. The events take you inside the Southside Sand and Gravel Quarry to see the working