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The Oakland Independent is honored to help share important news in our neighbors' lives, so we don't charge for any of the following announcements:

  • Birth announcements.

  • Milestone anniversaries (starting with 25 years).

  • Milestone birthdays (starting with 75 years).

  • Engagements.

  • Weddings.

  • Obituaries for people with a local connection.

  • Family reunions and class reunions (announcements before, and write-ups after).

  • News Travels (vacation photos that include a copy of the Oakland Independent).

  • Neighbors in the News (tidbits about vacations, parties, visitors, etc.).

Photos are also welcome for each of these items -- also at no charge.


All announcements are subject to editing to ensure consistency. Any notices outside of our guidelines may be run as paid advertising; we'll let you know if that is needed.


The deadline for each week's newspaper is noon Monday.

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