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Jeff Gross

Contributing Writer

About

Jeffrey "Jeff" Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a "great learning experience for everyone", Jeff says, and I'm an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them".

Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. "Determined seeker of the truth". 

Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.

His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.

He can be reached at: trainsbythe144@aol.com

Honoring an outstanding gentleman… by Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer On Thursday June 17th the Second Amendment Community and the state of Rhode Island lost a dear, kind and generous person in Kyle McCarthy. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family. Many have stated he would give a person the shirt off his back and never look for…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer As what appears to be an excellent spring fishing season is winding down a habit was noticed that needs to be addressed when so many people are practicing catch and release.  The habit of holding fish horizontally by the jaw for a picture is unsafe for the fish. While the…
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2nd Amendment cases work their way through SCOTUS

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The course of the Second Amendment at the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just took another very positive turn for the better. There are now 4 cases involving the carrying of firearms in public. The 4th and latest is the Young vs State of Hawaii. This case will address the issues of carrying…
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Friday Fishing Tips – June 4, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer In a previous article the subject of checking your fishing line for abrasions was addressed. For you folks that are fortunate to catch small mouth bass in Rhode Island, and those who are catching them out of state like this writer, check the line often. Smallies are notorious for diving down…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 28, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, it took a few weeks, but this writer is on a roll with the trout. Great success has occurred in the last two weeks that makes up for a lean spring. The fish were there, they just did not like my presentation.  Some members of the Federated Rhode Island Sportsmen’s Club…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 21, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Recently a sportsperson noted on “A better 401 fishing” Facebook page that he found an anti-fishing card put next to his vehicle. So far that has been the extent of anti-fishing locally. Years ago I enlightened my club to PETA looking to ban fishing. Many club members did not take me…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 14, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Well, Mother Nature is producing some decent springtime weather, finally, and the fish are responding in kind.  Trout are active in a lot of places; only you need to work for them. However, it is worth the time. Years ago, trout of 10-11″ were average with a 14″ trout very rare…
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Friday Fishing Tips – May 7, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The temperatures are finally rising and FINALLY the furnace was shut down until next October.  With the temperature increase the fish are really stepping up the bite. A slew of largemouth bass are being caught statewide. The lure manufacturers must be having a field day.  Trout are biting equally well.  Across…
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SCOTUS 2nd Amendment decision will have an impact in RI – Jeff Gross

By Jeff Gross, opinion On Monday, April 26th the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) took a stand to decide whether the Second Amendment extends outside the home.  In 2008 and 2010 SCOTUS ruled that citizens have the right to own firearms and that it applies also to the states. In 2008 SCOTUS also ruled that requiring trigger…
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Friday Fishing Tips – April 30, 2021 – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The weather continues to play havoc on the catch. The fish are a day by day, hit or miss situation. As one can see in the pictures some folks are doing quite well while others like this writer are currently in a drought.  Some folks are even having luck with smallmouth…
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Your Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With Earth Day Thursday April 22nd, I decided to take some time to hit a few fishing holes and do a little scouting. The mess that was seen was unacceptable. Water bottles, Dunkin’ Donuts cups were everywhere. It was instilled in me long ago to always leave a fishing area in…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer The delightful weather Little Rhody had been enjoying should have had a direct impact on the Trout fishing. It did not.  While some are still catching some trophy Trout in the 5-8 lb. range, some bright and sunny days were quiet in the evening. It appears that mornings are the…
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Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer April 7th was opening day of Trout season in Little Rhody. From the pictures shown on the internet and “A Better 401 Fishing”, the people who were fortunate to get out and fish did fairly well. We’ll see how the results are this weekend. The day was a success there were…
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Friday fishing tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, feature writer Rhode Islanders continue to slam largemouth bass and a few smallmouths daily. Quite a few lunkers are posted each day on the Facebook group page “A better 401 Fishing” as the weather permits.  If one is lucky enough to catch a possible new state record, here are recommendations on how…
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Introducing…Friday Fishing Tips – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, feature writer The warm weather Rhode Island is enjoying is also bringing out the hunger in the warm water fish. Even though Opening Day for trout is Wednesday April 7th there are a host of ponds and lakes one can fish for large and small mouth bass, pickerel, pike and panfish. Fishing…
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Riding the Washington Secondary Bike Path – a hidden jewel (part 1) – Jeff Gross

Back in the late 1860’s, The Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad constructed a rail line that connected Plainville, Connecticut with the Providence Mainline. It was taken over by the New Haven Railroad by 1895. Little did they know that centuries later the rail line eventually would become a hiding in plain sight jewel of Rhode…
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Target Shooting. It isn’t just a guy’s sport anymore! – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Top Photo: Kelly Ann The RI Fish and Game Protective Association (RIFGPA) for the first time in its 100 years plus existence elected their first female line officer: Cara Woloohojian. Cara is pictured with retiring Secretary Andy Dickson. Andy was the Secretary for an exemplary 20 years, so Cara has some…
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RI is in the United States – a Constitutional country – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer – opinion Second Amendment update: Now that the Progressives swarmed the RI State House in the 2020 election, they feel they have free reign to impose the whims and demands of Progressives on the Rhode Island public.  This is because “They know what is best for ‘us’.”  The Progressives will leave…
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Families helping families… RI’s leaders need to focus – by Jeff Gross

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer, opinion editorial Since a previous article about the Faith Fellowship Church in West Greenwich Rhode Island, and how lengthy the line was for assistance, the situation for those in need is becoming ever more dire. The distribution was changed at the Church from Wednesday nights to both Tuesday and Thursday…
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Giving thanks to our veterans on Thanksgiving

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer Photos courtesy of Cara Woloohojian In previous articles it was noted that each year the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association (RIFGPA) often performs various charitable events throughout the year. Even this nightmare of a year 2020 is no exception. When faced with very few fund-raising events due to the…
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COVID-19 and American Rights

The opinions expressed in this published work are that of the author. Editor’s Note: A few days ago, 10 people in Rhode Island filed suit against Governor Raimondo – The legal template makes points such as: “Neither the Governor nor any public health officer has followed evidence-based, peer-reviewed, clinical science showing that neither social distancing…
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Your Social Security Number is your key. Don’t hand it out.

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Launched in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It’s a good time to review protecting your Social Security Number (SSN). Each year there is a different theme addressing specific challenges and identifying opportunities for behavioral change. The…
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Flea markets. The things you can find…

by Jeff Gross, feature writer In this time of “going green” and recycling, flea markets are a great place to sell your unwanted items and wares. The Voluntown, Connecticut Flea Market and the Plainfield Pike, Johnston, Rhode Island Flea Market are both prime examples of low cost/high traffic markets.  Each market charges $20 to set up, with…
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2A Community behind President’s SCOTUS appointment

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer OK Folks here is what we are looking at: Back in June the US Supreme Court, (SCOTUS), dismissed 10 gun cases. These same gun cases would have clarified many aspects of the gun control debate. The reason this did not happen is Chief Justice Roberts could not be counted on…
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Extra safety in rural Rhode Island

Many years ago, the RI DEM (Dept. of Environmental Management) had a problem with gangs from Hartford, Connecticut coming into Rhode Island and hanging out at the Beach Pond Boat ramp. Violence often occurred, there was larceny, and worse yet, drugs were rampant. The RI DEM closed the beach and made the boat ramp available to…
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Pet Preparedness

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Photos: Our author’s Jada In a year of growing disasters how many of you are prepared to abandon ship and take your pets with you – in the blink of an eye. Even though prepared it would take this writer about 30-60 min for a complete evacuation. That being said, now is…
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Take out what you take in

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer One would think by now that after 50 years of anti-litter ads we would be litter free in our waterways at least.  Apparently with so many not working, activity at our beaches and fishing areas have increased and as a result the areas are becoming trashed more than usual. Some…
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“Trumptilla” by sea – and by land

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Just like in Normandy in June 1944, an armada approached the Rhode Island shores in an effort to continue protecting American Freedoms. An armada of countless boats, yachts and wave runners congregated in Newport, Rhode Island, and steamed forward to Colt State Park in Bristol.  It was a beautiful summer day…
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I choose the VA Health System…every time

Many years ago, two good friends of mine, Jesse Jeselonis and Ron Camaioni, recommended becoming part of the VA Health System. I procrastinated but they none the less kept after me. I am very thankful they did.  At the Providence VA you are treated like a person, not like a number, like a paycheck or…
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Gone fishin’ – in Rhode Island

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer As Memorial day is almost upon us, the trout fishing is starting to improve. The weeks following opening day were less than successful. Between the Social Distancing and odd/even nonsense coupled with the tropical force winds at times, there wasn’t much time to fish.  Thrown into that situation is the…
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On Freedom…

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer More and more I see my friends being stuck in Facebook jail for voicing their opinions that “liberals” find offensive.  Censorship in our world is rampant. Media cannot use certain terms, not write certain articles, for fear that someone may find them offensive. Recently this writer posted two articles on his…
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Social Distance Trout Fishing

When COVID-19 entered the USA, the virus disrupted a lot. Severely impacted, and currently unnecessary, is Social Distance Trout Fishing. Social Distance Trout Fishing was a compromise created by the RI DEM between the over-reaching Governor and constitutionalists – like this writer.  Worse yet, for the first time in history trout fishermen were limited to what days…
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What we do & how we do it. Looking at every little thing to get our lives back

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer The Government acknowledged that COVID-19 lives on plastic/metal for up to 48 hours.  All winter long this writer wears gloves to protect his hands from the cold and fuel contamination on his hands while getting gasoline. In February at the first hint of COVID-19, that practice continued even more actively.…
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A SitRep on Grocery Shopping in the days of Coronavirus

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer When I was in the Military we would provide the Commanding officer with a “SITREP”. A SITREP is the detailed status of the situation during an emergency.  Here is a Market SITREP for Southern New England regarding the Coronavirus. I am sure all of us have heard about the cases…
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USA – #CoronavirusStrong

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer With the impending crisis this writer decided to do the unthinkable.  I needed a few essentials to get by the next weeks, so why not endure the storm and see if indeed the stores were really out of toilet paper? Visions of Cabbage Patch doll mayhem came to mind.  What actually happened…
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The World Needs Rebels

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer 2 years ago someone I highly admire made the comment to me, “The world needs rebels”.  I annoyed her with a question while trying to look out for her best interest and hence her rebel reply. She is capable of handling her own affairs and did not need me being…
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Welcome Spring! Go fishin’

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer The current warming trend in Rhode Island is bringing spring in early, though the official date is March 20th. The high 50’s temperatures brought the Red Wing Black Birds in 30 days early, and the males are already staking out their territory in some Warwick Ponds.  On a pond on…
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The 2A Community – active volunteers for community causes

by Jeffrey Gross, contributing writer On Monday, February 17th, The Ladies of the Federated Rhode Island Sportsmen Clubs and the Yellow Shirts joined forces with Barbara Morse and NBC10 in the annual Presidents Day Blood Drive for the RI Blood Center. The Ladies of the Federated 2A MOMs, Michelle Camera, Aimee DeGregory, and Jen Moffett…
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RI Fish and Game Protective Association supports West Greenwich

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer For years now the Rhode Island Fish and Game Protective Association holds fund raisers prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The fundraiser before Thanksgiving raises money to benefit the West Greenwich Public Library. The funds raised provide for new books, items for “Story Time” and Reading Classes, as well as providing funds…
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SCOTUS, Gun Control, and another RI Legislative Session

By Jeff Gross, for RINewsToday.com On December 2nd, 2019, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) heard the New York City gun case. The City of New York attempted to moot the case on July 22nd after SCOTUS gave a Writ of Certiorari. That mootness was denied by SCOTUS. Argument date was set, and SCOTUS stated to counsels:…
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“How’s my driving?” Let them know…

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer In a day where motorists are an ever dangerous threat on the roads, and we wake up to daily – and nightly – horrific accident reports –  now truck drivers, always thought of in the past as the safest drivers on the road,  are crossing the line.  About a month…
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It’s the – Great Train and Toy Show

By Jeff Gross This weekend try a different kind of event – one for the whole family.  Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 23 & 24 from 10am to 4pm, both days at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA – 20 minutes south of Boston. The event is billed…
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Businesses show a nation’s gratitude this Veterans Day

By Jeff Gross, contributing writer Happy Veterans Day to current, former and soon to be service members and especially to the families who must sacrifice while their loved ones are deployed. In an age where it is chic to acknowledge our service men and women a lot of businesses are competing with each other for…
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Second Amendment Coalition and gun owner advocates out in force at Tuesday night’s hearing on gun bills at the RI State House – Photo credit: Jeff Gross

Second Amendment Coalition and gun owner advocates out in force at Tuesday night’s hearing on gun bills at the RI State House. Photo credit: Jeff Gross
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Humanity missing this day…what would you have done?

A moment in Cambridge leaves writer asking the question… Humanity missing this day…what would you have done? By Jeff Gross I’m disgusted with you, Cambridge Massachusetts. On September 5th at 2 pm at the intersection of Mt Auburn St and the Union of Concerned Scientists Alley Way, a physically disabled Vietnam veteran struggled to get…
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