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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.



Applicants sought for diabetes program Sign-ups are underway for a free yearlong diabetes prevention program presented by the Simi Valley Family YMCA and Adventist Health Simi Valley. The program will kick off Tues., Sept. 26. Fifteen people will be accepted into the program, which is for adults 18 years or older. Applicants must have a bodymass index of over 25, […]

8 errors to avoid when filing return

COMMENTARY /// Personal finances

Taxpayers who filed for a time extension have until Oct. 15 to submit their tax returns. To make sure they meet their tax obligations, taxpayers should file accurate returns. If a taxpayer makes an error on their return, it will likely take longer to process and could delay a refund. Taxpayers can avoid many common errors by filing electronically. All […]

Benefit will help new and aspiring teachers get scholarships

The Moorpark chapter of Delta Gamma invites the public to the Time Around!” benefit from 10: a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 in the Lundring Events Center at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The event raises money to support new and aspiring teachers with scholarships. The $40 tickets include: Tea party, catered luncheon, fashion show, […]

Academy offers advice for college applicants

Sheldon’s Art Academy will host a presentation by Cassidy Garbutt, admissions counselor at Ringling College of Art and Design, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 at the academy, 626 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park. Garbutt will discuss what to include and not include in a college portfolio and how to master the application process. Also covered will be […]

CLU welcomes largest freshman class

Cal Lutheran University is hosting its largest freshman class, with nearly 700 enrolled for this fall, the local college announced. The first-year students and 250 new transfer students began the four-day new-student orientation Aug. 25 on the Thousand Oaks campus. The group of nearly 1,000 new students started classes Aug. 29 with the rest of the traditional undergraduates. More than […]

Gourmet kitchen includes breakfast bar, walk-in pantry

Master bedroom has double-door entry

This house has five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an upstairs bonus room. The downstairs has an en suite bedroom with a private bathroom. The library has built-ins. The formal double-door entry includes a chandelier and high windows. The interior has upgraded ceramic tile and wood flooring and plantation shutters. The formal living room comes with a fireplace and two-story ceiling. […]

Simi home with entertainer’s backyard is on cul-de-sac

Has been upgraded to be energy-efficient with solar panels

This upgraded house in Simi Valley has an entertainer’s backyard. The house, built in 2005, is on a corner lot on a cul-de-sac in Wild Horse Canyon. The four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom house has 4,715 square feet. An office and bonus room are included. The foyer has vaulted ceilings and imported Italian ceramic tile flooring and inlays. The office has a custom […]

Military museum to host POW-MIA event

Veterans of Foreign Wars District 7 and Post 10049 will conduct a National POW-MIA Recognition Day program at 6 p.m. Fri., Sept. 21 at the VFW Museum of Military History in Simi Valley. The program is free to the public. VFW District 7 Officers and members of the Simi Valley veterans service organizations, community groups and the military will participate. The […]

Teaching your teen patience takes lots of . . . patience

Family Man

My 15-year-old no longer has patience—not with inconvenience, not with failure and not with learning, which is often the takeaway in times of inconvenience and failure . . . if you have patience. It seems my kid is focused on not looking bad when he struggles or is wrong about something rather than on seizing a moment to gain the […]

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