Welcome to Zip06.com!

If you have an account, please login! If you don't have an account you can create one. If you had an account with the old Zip06.com prior to Oct. 8, 2014 you will have to create a new one. We apologize for the inconvenience.



A Zip06 account will allow you to post to the online calendar, contribute to News From You, and interact with the Zip06 community. It's free to sign-up!

Click here to get started!

Register for Zip06

We're happy you've decided to join the Zip06 community. Please fill out this short registration form to begin sharing content with your neighbors.

You must enter your first name.
You must enter your last name.
You must enter a username
You must enter a valid email address
Show password
You must enter a valid zip code

Submit to Zip06



Have some questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for quick answers.

What is Zip06?

Zip06 is the digital news division of Shore Publishing covering the towns along the CT shoreline between New Haven and the Connecticut River. It is a community news platform that aims to not only provide up to the minute local news and information but also provides a platform for community engagement where registered users can share opinions, photos and information with their neighbors. Join in the conversation!

Are you connected to my weekly newspaper: the East Haven Courier, the North Haven Courier, The Sound, The Source, Harbor News, or the Valley Courier?

Yes! The newspaper that arrives free each Thursday in your mailbox is created by the same staff that runs Zip06!

Do you publish the Shore Line Times?

No. The Shore Line Times is published by the New Haven Register. You can contact them at 203-789-5200.

Will you publish my stories, photos, or events?

Yes! Registered members of the Zip06 community can contribute stories, photos, and events.

If I submit through Zip06 will my story, photo, or event be printed in my local newspaper?

Not yet! We're still working on making this happen. For now, if you want something to appear both online and in print you should submit to the website and also email news@shorepublishing.com

How do I submit a story or announcement?

If you are a registered user of Zip06, please click here to submit. If you have not yet registered, please click here to do so and then submit away!

How do I submit an item to the events calendar?

If you are a registered user of Zip06, please click here to submit. If you have not yet registered, please click here to do so and then submit away!

What is 'News From You'?

'News From You' is exactly what it sounds like: It's news from you!

This is the special place on Zip06 where all of the news submitted by members of the community winds up. Do you have an article you want to publish? Are you getting married? Did your child make the honor roll? Those are all examples of news from you!

Do I need to create an account?

No. Creating an account with Zip06 is completely optional. You can read all of our stories, browse calendar items, watch videos, and browse photos without ever creating an account.

Some users, however, will want to create an account to submit events to the calendar, post stories and announcements, participate in some online contests, and comment on stories.

The choice is completely yours.

How much does it cost to sign-up for an account?

Zip06 accounts are 100% free. Signing up will only cost you a few moments of your time.

How do I register for an account?

It's easy to register for an account. Just click here and fill out the short form. After that you will need to check the email account you register with for a confirmation email. Click the link in the email and you'll be all set!

There's a photo or story that ran in the newspaper that I would like a copy of.

For a story, use the Search box in the navigation bar on this page to enter the words related to the headline of the article or contents. The story you are looking for should be found in the search results. If you cannot find the story, please email news@shorepublishing.com.

How can I get a copy of a photograph?

All staff photos that ran in the newspaper or on Zip06 are available for purchase via this website by clicking the Buy Photo link under the photograph. Simply put your keyword into the Search box on the navigation bar to look for your photo. If you still cannot find the photo, please email news@shorepublishing.com.

I want to share a story that ran. How can I do that?

You can use the Share icons on the page that the article appears on to email or post the article link to your social media page.

Can I get a copy of an old issue?

If the issue is within the last three weeks, we should still have copies of it in the office. Just send an email to shorecirculation@shorepublishing.com, and we will check for you. Past that timeframe, we keep very limited copies of the newspaper in archives. We recommend using the Search box on this website to find your story, and you can share the link via email or social media. If you want the page from the printed newspaper, contact us at shorecirculation@shorepublishing.com and we might be able to pull a pdf page for you out of the electronic archive.

I'm having a problem receiving the paper at my home.

Oh no! We are sorry. Please email your issue to shorecirculation@shorepublishing.com and we will troubleshoot the issue for you.

I have never received a newspaper at my address and would like a free subscription.

Please click here to fill out our Delivery Request Form, and we will commence delivery to your home within 1-2 weeks.

I no longer wish to receive this newspaper. How do I unsubscribe?

Please email your cancellation to shorecirculation@shorepublishing.com and we will remove your address from the list.

How do I contact someone at the newspaper or this website?

We would love to hear from you! Please visit our Contact Us page for a full list of departments, email addresses, mailing address and phone numbers.

How do I advertise?

Are you hiring? Do you accept interns?

We are always on the look out for talent to add to our team! If you feel you can help make our organization a better place with your contributions, we would love to hear from you! Email your resume and interest to miksis@shorepublishing.com.

I have a question that isn't answered here.

If you have a question about the website, please contact our Digital Media Manager Laura Robida at l.robida@shorepublishing.com.
For other questions, please call 203-245-1877.


My Account

To make updates to your Zip06 account or request changes to your newspaper delivery, please choose an option below.


Like us on Facebook!

Your hometown newspaper is on Facebook. Stay up-to-date with all of your town's news by liking us on Facebook!

East Haven Courier:

North Haven Courier:

The Sound:

Guilford Courier:

The Source:

Harbor News:

Valley Courier:


Follow us on Facebook!

Your hometown newspaper is on Twitter. Stay up-to-date with all of your town's news by following us on Twitter!

East Haven Courier:

North Haven Courier:

The Sound:

Guilford Courier:

The Source:

Harbor News:

Valley Courier:


Use an RSS Reader?

Bookmark our RSS feeds to stay on top of breaking news in your hometown.

RSS Feeds TK ×



Passionate Gun Control Debate in Branford

Pam Johnson

A resident gives his input during a packed Jan. 14 meeting of those responding to a call for a Community Coalition for Responsible Gun Control in Branford.

Sending a message to legislators in the room that the focus needs to be not so much on gun control legislation, but rather laws to support better mental health treatment and ways to diminish an increasingly violent, disconnected society were the main results of the first Community Coalition for Gun Control meeting in Branford last night, Jan. 14. 

Residents who are both gun owners and those opposed to gun ownership spoke their minds as well as a few who called into question the town’s recent decision to allow in a Main Street sporting goods shop, TGS Outdoors, which will sell sporting guns when it opens in late January-early February.

A crowd filled a small meeting room at the Community House at 7 p.m., eventually moving to a larger space. Mostly adults responded to the call for the meeting, although parents with young children were on-hand as well.

State Representatives Lonnie Reed and Pat Widlitz and State Senator Ed Meyer opened the meeting with news of pending bills to be announced today, mainly gun-control driven. Meyer made note of his bill to limit most guns to just one round. Also attending were representatives from the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Chris Murphy, who gave updates on their efforts, as well as those of Senator Richard Blumenthal, to lobby for gun control. Input, in the form of a letter from Murphy and Blumenthal, is headed to Vice President Joe Biden today.

Meeting organizer Frank Carrano, who also chairs the Branford Board of Education (BOE), worked to keep residents on track during the conversation that followed; although the meeting did begin with a heated debate by some gun owners who especially criticized Meyer for his one-round limit bill.

“Mr. Meyer wants a single shot gun; what do we do if someone has a 16 clip (weapon),” asked resident Joe Giordano.  With regard to those opposed to bringing a “gun shop” to downtown Branford, he added, “…what do you think people with guns are going to do, come to the center of town with bandoliers wrapped around them? This is America, they have every right to try to open a business. If they passed all the zoning laws, how can you stop them?”

Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Ray Ingraham did note for the crowd that, in response to constituents’ requests, he had that morning submitted a request to the RTM moderator and clerk to add to the call of the next meeting an item concerning the placement of gun shops in the town. The item is expected to be accepted and sent to the RTM Rules and Ordinances Committee for review at the next RTM meeting.

A woman standing by the door, who identified herself as a mother of three; said she has a gun, which she began carrying outside the home last year and “…now more than ever.” With her young daughter standing next to her, the woman said gun laws and taxes on ammunition won’t make a difference – recognizing issues such as the need for better parenting and societal changes will.

“It’s not the guns; (and) taxes are not going to do anything,” she said, then saying to Senator Meyer, “…the one bullet, all you’re doing, sir, is preventing me from taking care of my children, when I got out to the store, from a man who stole an assault rifle….you’re preventing me from stopping him from hurting my children …if I walked into a  grocery story with my children and some guy came at me with a gun and I looked at them and said sorry, I have one bullet, I can’t protect you.”

BOE member Mary Grande said the conversation was missing several issues by focusing on gun control alone.

“I’ve heard a lot of pros and cons against guns, but we’re missing several issues. One is the mental health issue; we need to deal with mental health . We see violence everywhere, we see violence in our video games …we’re desensitizing our children. Our children are growing up not understanding death is death. Mental health can no longer be a step child… the woman in Newtown did not get her child the help that he needed. I’m not blaming her, but she knew he needed mental assistance,” said Grande.

Robin Comey of the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative said she was looking for the conversation to continue with more “stakeholders” such as law enforcement and social service officials. 
“I’m not so concerned about who’s right or wrong …here we have a great number of people in this room that are concerned about the safety of our community. I would like to see further discussions among families and people that are stakeholders in this community …I see no law enforcement here, I see no social services connections here right now; and I would like to see some of those people brought together in a community conversation where we can talk about the challenges and issues facing the community. I think that’s where the real work can be done,” said Comey.

Saying he owned guns since the age of 12 but no longer does, and that his father headed up a gun manufacturing company at one time, resident Joe Gordon (also with Branford’s Economic Development Committee) said he felt the problem isn’t “…the gun.”

“We’ve got to stop and come together…there’s 300 million guns in the United States – accept it. There’s a mental health problem. When you look at what happened... these people became (famous) …stop coddling to their fame. All we heard is the gun, the gun, the gun, but the fact is if the media didn’t glorify these people… if they dared to (instead) mention in their papers when a homeowner is successful in stopping a crime in the home,” said Gordon, who also thanked the legislators for coming and noted to the audience that “…we’re all polarized” on the issue but should “…try to get a middle ground.”

About an hour into the meeting, Carrano also reigned the conversation toward middle ground, saying, “…I’ve heard a lot more from those of you who have very strong emotional feelings about gun ownership and the right you have to own any type of gun – no matter whether designed initially to hunt – certainly that’s a position you’re allowed to take. I’ve heard several people talk about how can we reach some kind of a compromise, what can we do as a community to talk about not so much the things that polarize us, but to have some consensus….what it is that we can do. Let’s try to have a brief conversation tonight about some areas we believe could and should be improved.”

Branford Third Selectman Jamie Cosgrove acknowledged one issue was mental health that another, he felt, is gun violence.

“One common ground we all agree on is the gun violence,” Cosgrove said, noting for the legislators in the room, “… what I see so far proposed, nothing addresses the gun violence. (There are) bills going after so-called assault guns; that’s a small fraction of actual gun violence that occurs in America. If you’re trying to stop the tragedy that happened in Sandy Hook, none of proposed bills I’ve seen…not only in Connecticut, but (nationwide) …do anything to address that. I was encouraged at beginning with Representatives Reed and Widlitz, they said they’d promote reasonable gun control or ammunition control and have a rational debate – we’re hearing un-rational ones. I was discouraged by a comment Representative Reed made (that) mental health is one aspect (but) that will be discussion we’ll have at a later time. Senator Meyer, when he addressed mental health, he put a dollar amount on it. The common ground is the violence. We want to stop the violence.”

Others speaking included Branford Trinity Church rector Sharon Gracen, announcing a (Feb. 4) gathering where she hopes to “…create opportunities for parents to come together (to discuss) how do we come together to raise children in this violent world? How do we stand against all of the pressure to let our kids have the games that everybody else has, how do we stop spending our time in front of screens – because then we cannot know one another; and if we don’t know each other, we’re afraid of each other.”

A man who identified himself only as a Connecticut police officer said he was “…not afraid of any responsible (gun) owner,” adding that “….any society has the potential to break down quickly and police will not always be there to protect you.” He also said he disagreed strongly with legislative gun limits and tax increases.

After two hours of discussion, Carrano said the conversation will be continued to another meeting, with a notice sent to those in the room who wanted to provide contact information. Carrano then asked Superintendent of Schools Hamlet Hernandez to give his perspective on the issue and the meeting.

“I have three perspectives,” answered Hernandez, “… as  a Marine, as a father and (with regard to) 3,000 children I worry about day in and day out; (whether it’s a) gas leak, bus accident or something as horrific as what happened in Newtown. My stewardship and my responsibility is to advocate for them and shape conversations at the local level,”

Hernandez added that hoped the “same passion” he heard at the meeting would continue in future discussions. He also implored legislators to have a school superintendent or other key school connection on any committees formed to review gun laws concerning schools.

In closing, Hernandez said, “…a CMT score means nothing if our children come to school with something in the back of their mind, that they don’t have a safe environment. I’m knowledgeable that we have a safe environment but also that we don’t become complacent. I am incredibly proud to be part of this and listen to this, because the last perspective I have is being a first-generation immigrant Don’t take this for granted. This is a wonderful process.”


Reader Comments

More from Zip06