2013-12-27

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'Paywall' removed

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.

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The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on



SAT., DEC. 28 Tour Of Rancho Sierra Vista 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at Via Goleta and Portrero Road, Newbury Park. Easy one-mile hike. Meet National Park Service patrol horses, horse demo. Free, open to public. Web: www.nps. gov/samo. WED., JAN. 1 First Day Hikes 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at entrance of Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, 10200 […]

YEAR IN REVIEW The best stories of 2013

Moments to cherish


It was another memorable year in Camarillo sports. Camarillo High dominated the Pacific View League in almost every sport. The Scorpions move into a revamped Marmonte League in the fall of 2014. A sophomore ace lifted Rio Mesa High’s baseball team to a crucial victory against the Scorpions while Camarillo’s boys’ volleyball squad made a deep postseason run. Here are […]

Chorale hosts open auditions



The Village Voices Chorale will host open auditions for its spring concert season beginning Mon., Jan. 6. The chorale is open to men and women singers from throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. The chorale’s spring concert, “Music with a Splash,” […]

Eight young county musicians featured by T.O. Philharmonic

Violinists and pianists showcased

The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 38 concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 10 at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive. Tickets will be sold at the door one hour before concert time and in advance at www.tophil.org. The concert will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Sun., July […]

Christmas message for modern-day travelers



MOVIE LISTINGS



Cooking class promotes plant-based diets



The Camarillo Health Care District will feature a culinary class by Chef AJ from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., Jan. 14 at 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Ste. E117, Camarillo. Chef AJ, who has been on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” will teach participants about plant-based meals, overcoming cravings and food addictions, and […]

Local Christians celebrate Las Posadas tradition

Custom celebrated in Spain and Mexico


About 2,000 years ago, Mary and Joseph searched for lodging in Bethlehem, where Mary could give birth to Jesus. According to a Biblical account, the couple had traveled more than 90 miles from their home in Nazareth to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem, about six miles south of Jerusalem, to be counted in a census. Their arduous journey before the arrival […]

COMMENTARY Medicare

Health screenings now covered by Medicare


You may have heard about “preventive health care.” What does that mean? At its most basic, preventive health care means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. And stop smoking. Like anyone else, people with Medicare can benefit from healthy living habits. And Medicare also covers a variety of screenings and tests to […]

School board hires union workers to construct new campus

Contract could increase building costs


The Oxnard Union High School District board of trustees voted 3-2 to approve the final version of a labor agreement with construction unions for the building of Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo at its meeting last week. The vote was the same as when the board approved a tentative version of the Project Stabilization Agreement on Nov. 25. The […]