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The new millennium has been a transformative time for newspaper publishing.

Changing reader habits and the advent of new technology have placed big demands on companies in the print news business.

The Acorn and its parent company, Times Media Group, understand that their biggest responsibility is not only the delivery of credible, relevant information in a timely fashion, but making sure residents have easy access to the publication when stories become available.

That’s why we’re super excited about the news being shared today.

Following a five-year stretch in which Acorn readers were given the option of purchasing online subscriptions to the paper, that so-called “paywall” is coming down.

“Mr. Publisher, tear down this wall,” the late President Ronald Reagan might have once said.

And so we did.

Starting immediately, all online content from our five Acorn publications will be available at no charge to the reader, meaning a paid subscription is no longer required to click and read articles. The weekly Acorn has always been delivered to your driveway at no cost—that more than 40-year tradition will continue—and from now on The Acorn on the internet will be free as well.

Why the change?

The Acorn is your community newspaper, and we want to make sure it stays that way. We believe it’s important that residents feel a connection to the stories we write and also learn about the businesses that advertise in their community. The absence of a paywall is the best way to ensure this free-flow of information remains.

We also invite readers to sign up for the new, easy-to-read Acorn newspaper e-edition delivered weekly to your e-mail. Viewed on mobile, desktop or laptop, the pages are super easy to navigate and, free, just like the print paper.

Local journalism is first gear in the engine that drives America’s free press, and a free press it shall be.


Full tummy

Live to eat I recently underwent heart surgery. During most of my recovery up until now, I haven’t had much of an appetite. However, as I begin to phase out the medication and return to my normal self, my hunger for food is becoming strong. In fact, my hunger is so strong that I feel I can eat all day […]

Community invited to audition for two college plays

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department will hold auditions for its summer and fall theater arts productions from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mon. and Tues., April 23 and 24 in the Studio Theatre, Room 100, in the Performing Arts Center, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road. Auditions are open to anyone in the community, and no experience or special preparation is needed […]

Scandinavian Festival returns to Cal Lutheran

A twoday Scandinavian Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., April 21 and 22 on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The festival will include entertainment, food and celebrations representing the cultures of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland and will also pay homage to the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia […]

Fingering fine fossils

Casino Night planned to benefit girls’ softball

For its annual fundraiser, Moorpark Girls Softball will host a Casino Night from 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., April 27 at the Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive. The Vegas-themed evening will include silent auction, raffle, black jack, craps, roulette and a Texas Hold’em Tournament. The cost is $75 and includes dinner buffet and buy-in for thevening. Reservations for the […]

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Since winning the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, “Das Leben der Anderen” (“The Lives of Others”) has gotten a new spate of interest. The film is over a year old (it was originally released in Germany last March), but there’s still time to catch it locally, although you may have to drive a ways to find it. For […]

Celebrating the spring season

Houses of Worship

Calvary Chapel Tierra Rejada, Pastor Jim Olaiz. Peach Hill Clubhouse, at Rolling Knoll Road and Laurelhurst Road. (805) 407-5337 Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 15351 Benwood Drive, (805) 523-7057. Community Christian Church, the Rev. Mike Woolley, 216 Moorpark Ave., (805) 529-3572. Congregation B’nai Emet, Rabbi Michele Paskow. Ste. 2C, 4645 Industrial St., Simi Valley, (805) 5813723. Cornerstone Community […]

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Someone caused a collision on March 13, resulting in the damage of property in the 15700 block of Arroyo Drive. The driver was later apprehended in Simi Valley and found to be driving with a suspended license. A man was arrested on March 22 in the 400 block of Moorpark Avenue for being drunk in public. On March 23 in […]

Police on patrol provide protection