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Earmark Requests For The 2011 Fiscal Year Congressman Barney Frank

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In light of the ongoing interest expressed by many people about the local projects or earmarks that Members of Congress include in federal appropriations bills, and pursuant to a House rule that went into effect, I am disclosing, as I have in previous years, a list of the earmarks that I am seeking in the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bills.

Congress will be working on these bills over the coming months, with an expectation that they would be complete by October 1, 2010.

Under Congressional procedures, only some of the earmarks I am requesting will actually be included in the 2011 funding bills. When the various appropriations bills are finalized near the end of this year, I will then announce which of these 2011 requests have been approved, with the specific dollar figures in each case.

For 2011, the projects for which I am requesting earmarks are mainly for state and local government initiatives, along with projects sponsored by non-profit organizations and institutions located in the communities I represent in Congress. All the requests are for projects which would either be located in one or more of the cities and towns I represent, or for activities that are substantially in or linked to those communities. They would provide valuable benefits in the local area, with a focus on economic development and job creation, transportation, health care, community and social services, environmental remediation, and education.

Neither I nor any of my relatives or members of my staff have any personal financial interest in any of these projects, which has been true for all of the earmarks I have sought over the years.

The following projects are listed in alphabetical order within their applicable appropriations subcommittee.

AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: Conservation Planning, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
Proposed Recipients: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association/Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association
Amount Requested: $600,000

One Carver Square
P.O. Box 97
Carver, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it is crucial for the development of sustainable conservation improvement plans by the cranberry growers associations in Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Such plans have ensured that cranberry cultivation is conducted, to the extent possible, in a way that protects water quality, prevents soil erosion, and appropriately manages nutrient and pesticide use. The growers who take part in the program work directly with federal and state regulatory officials to see to it that cranberry growing in both states takes place in an environmentally friendly manner.

Project Name: Renovation of landmark UMass/ARS cranberry research facility in East Wareham, MA and construction of cranberry research station in Wisconsin
Proposed Recipients: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association/Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association/USDA Agricultural Research Service
Amount Requested: $3,800,000

One Carver Square
P.O. Box 97
Carver, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because the renovation of the century-old, landmark facility in East Wareham, MA as well as construction of a facility in Wisconsin is necessary for the research needs of the cranberry farming industry. This research, which has annually received federal funding through the Subcommittee, has led to the development of new practices which enable cranberry growers to improve productivity while effectively controlling the problem of pests in an environmentally sensitive manner. This is essential to production capable of meeting consumer demands from around the world and sustaining the livelihood of the respective cranberry farming economies in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Project Name: University of Massachusetts Cranberry Research
Proposed Recipients: University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station
Amount Requested: $160,000

One State Bog Road
P.O. Box 569
East Wareham, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because this request is for funding research which has been previously funded by the Subcommittee as a valuable use of taxpayer money. Conducted at UMass' East Wareham cranberry station, it has focused on cranberry genetic purification, environmental engineering for the purpose of water conservation, as well as pest and weed control, all of which impact crop production substantially. Massachusetts is the oldest cranberry cultivating area in the U.S., and its bogs generally have lower yields and higher production costs than those in other cranberry regions. Resource conservation has been an issue of concern because of the immense amount of water used in cranberry agriculture. In addition, for Massachusetts bogs to remain competitive, it is important for them to be able to control weeds and pests as pesticides that were previously prevalent are now being phased out or becoming less effective. This research has led to the development of better cranberry production practices, and should therefore continue in order to meet the aforementioned challenges in the midst of increasing consumer demands.

COMMERCE JUSTICE SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: City of Newton Police Communications Tower
Proposed Recipients: City of Newton
Amount Requested: $300,000

1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the tower provides the backbone to the City's 911 emergency communications. This system is over 30 years old and the components have failed a few times over the past year, causing outages in all wireless communications to first responders. Replacement of the 60 ft steel tower, wireless transmission equipment for all public safety radio devices, and the generator which powers the system.

Project Name: Mill River Habitat Restoration
Proposed Recipients: Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

88 Broadway
Taunton, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is valuable use of taxpayer funds because the Mill River Habitat Restoration project will restore the Mill River and protect public safety in downtown Taunton, Massachusetts. The goals of the project are to 1) restore water quality and fish passage in a historic herring river; 2) protect public safety by removing aging dams; and 3). improve public access to the river.

Project Name: New England Fishery Multi-Species Survey
Proposed Recipients: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology
Amount Requested: $3,000,000

706 Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this research will improve the scientific information available for management in fisheries critical to Massachusetts and the New England region. The goal is to examine the population biology and dynamics of the multispecies complex of the Northeast. Information is simultaneously analyzed to evaluate management options in support of fishery decisions.

Project Name: Northeast Scallop Fishery Assessment
Proposed Recipients: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology
Amount Requested: $1,000,000

706 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it continues important research to improve the scientific information available for management of the scallop fishery in Massachusetts and the New England region. The research will focus on developing more accurate assessments of scallop abundance, as well as developing new methods for assessing abundance. The scallop fishery is a key component of the regional economy in New England, and it is essential that regulators have as much knowledge as possible about the abundance and characteristics of the fishery in order to ensure that it can be appropriately managed.

Project Name: Pilot Program For Shellfish Safety Testing
Proposed Recipients: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Amount Requested: $175,000

250 Washington Street
Boston, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer money because of potential major economic benefit that shellfish testing could create to the Massachusetts fishing industry, particularly in New Bedford, but also in Gloucester and Boston. According to industry representatives, a sustainable shellfish resource valued at approximately $2 billion exists on George's Bank, and there would be an immediate $9 million boost to the economy of New Bedford alone should the pilot project be implemented and prove both feasible.

ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: Lasell College - Science, Energy Efficiency, and Math Teaching and Connected Learning Initiative
Proposed Recipients: Lasell College
Amount Requested: $695,000

1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because Lasell College's
interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program prepares students to address environmental challenges, including matters of public policy, energy efficiency, sustainable operations, economics and ethics, using the campus itself as a learning lab. It further encourages students to pursue environmental sustainability within the places they live, work and study, and places students in internships and service learning assignments in sustainability fields. Lasell College's request for a federal partnership within the Department of Energy's Congressionally Directed Science Projects account meets the criteria for workforce development of teachers and scientists. Lasell College is significantly strengthening its K-12 teacher preparation program to provide new teachers with a solid foundation in science and math so that they may have a seamless transition to K-12 classrooms in their teaching of these critically important disciplines.

Project Name: Muddy River Ecosystem Restoration and Flood Damage Control Project
Proposed Recipients: Army Corps New England District; sponsors are Commonwealth of Massachusetts; City of Boston; Town of Brookline
Amount Requested: $7,000,000

696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this project will continue the construction and design work on both ecosystem and flood control components of the Muddy River project.

Project Name: New England Marine Renewable Energy Center
Proposed Recipients: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Amount Requested: $4,000,000

285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because thee funds are requested to create the National Off-Shore Renewable Energy Innovation Zone, support a consortium of university partners involved in research and technology innovation transfer activities, and help create a tidal test stand and prototype in Muskeget Channel. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because creation of the National Off-Shore Renewable Energy Innovation Zone will expedite and accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of marine and wind technologies. Companies in Massachusetts and across the nation currently do not have a pre-permitted location to do in-ocean testing and demonstration of their wind and water power technologies, hampering their ability to grow and add jobs. The Commonwealth's major universities, college and vocational schools all have a role in educating and training the full range of professionals employed in this emerging sector. The installation of public infrastructure will immediately create jobs and attract private developers that want to manufacture and deploy marine and wind energy devices.

FINANCIAL SERVICES APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: UMass Dartmouth, Southcoast Biotechnology Business Incubator
Proposed Recipients: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Amount Requested: $750,000

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because in the pilot project, five companies and one laboratory - EY Technologies (Fall River), Organogensis (Canton), Biosurfaces (Ashland), Genzyme (Framingham), Covidien (Littleton), Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole) -- worked directly with UMass Dartmouth to advance their product development. The campus benefits by having faculty and graduate students work directly with these companies to apply expertise to their challenges. The university estimated that the 2009 pilot project directly supported 54 jobs at the selected companies and research facility.

INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: Bristol County Sewer Improvements
Proposed Recipients: Cities of Fall River and New Bedford; Town of Acushnet
Amount Requested: $2,695,000

Fall River City Hall
1 Government Ctr,
Fall River, MA

New Bedford City Hall
133 William Street,
New Bedford, MA

Acushnet Town Hall
122 Main St,
Acushnet, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this project provides funding wastewater treatment in 3 communities: CSO upgrades in Fall River (under court order) and New Bedford (under consent decree), Acushnet - a project (Phase I, Part B of Area Lateral Sewer Project) to replace aging septic systems with a sewer system connected to the New Bedford wastewater treatment plant and to design a comprehensive waste water treatment plan.

LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: Aging Well At Home Initiative
Proposed Recipients: Jewish Family & Children
Amount Requested: $300,000

1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it demonstrates new and cost-effective approaches to helping older seniors continue living in their own homes that will reduce state and federal Medicaid expenditures. Healthy eating, chronic disease self-management, and regular physical activity are among the most powerful interventions for improving an older adult's chances of remaining independent as he or she ages. More specifically, physical inactivity is one of the greatest modifiable threats to health and functional independence for older adults. Even among frail and very old adults, physical activity can improve mobility and functioning, as demonstrated by current research.

Project Name: Bristol Community College Fall River ESL
Proposed Recipients: Bristol Community College
Amount Requested: $400,000

777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because Bristol Community College (BCC) would like to expand their adult literacy and career development programs to support the region's workforce. There is an overwhelming gap between available ESL resources and the demand for ESL classes, made even more severe by the economic downturn. The current waiting time for ESL services ranges from 6 months to two years. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education listed 1,574 individuals waiting for services in Bristol County and Greater New Bedford. The region has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state: Fall River has a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, more than 4 points higher than the same time last year.

Project Name: Brookline Community Health Center Mental Health Home Model Project
Proposed Recipients: Brookline Community Mental Health Center
Amount Requested: $700,000

41 Garrison Road
Brookline, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because although the Center has been collaborating with other local social services providers and agencies for years, this funding would allow us to launch a formal model for the mental health home. As one of the few mental health homes to be launched in the country, Brookline Community Mental Health Center has the potential to serve as a model for other mental health providers, and attract new public and private funding streams once its effectiveness and sustainability are demonstrated.

Project Name: Close Up Foundation
Proposed Recipients: Close Up Foundation
Amount Requested: $5,000,000

44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because Close Up's mission is to educate and inspire young people to become active citizens in our democracy. Close Up strives for civil discourse of policy issues and works to teach young people to respect and listen to the opinions of others. The program furthers this goal by bringing together students from different ethnic, geographic and economic backgrounds. I am introducing this with many of my colleagues across the country.

Project Name: Expansion of Mental Health Capacity in Massachusetts Schools
Proposed Recipients: Children's Hospital Boston
Amount Requested: $750,000

300 Longwood Ave BK 120
Boston, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because it will support and facilitate systemic improvements in our schools that will allow more children to receive needed mental health attention in school. Improved access to mental health services yields tremendous cost saving to the government, as children with untreated developmental and mental health disorders are more likely to experience comorbidity with other illnesses, develop substance abuse problems, be expelled or drop out of school, require special education programs, utilize more expensive treatment services, or be involved in the juvenile justice system.

Project Name: Green-Building at The Ivy Street School for Brain-Injured Teens
Proposed Recipients: MAB Community Services - Brookline
Amount Requested: $550,000

200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will improve the environment, create jobs (30+ short-term construction jobs), and make the century-old building in Brookline energy-efficient so that more resources previously spent on heating bills and temporary repairs are available for other pressing needs.

Project Name: Hebrew SeniorLife, Center Communities of Brookline Facility Repair and Energy Efficiency
Proposed Recipients: Hebrew SeniorLife, Center Communities of Brookline
Amount Requested: $1,190,000

112 Centre Street and 1550 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because stabilizing and repairing one of the organization's buildings in Brookline, and installing energy efficient windows at one of the organization's other facilities, will add to the long-term sustainability of their senior citizens' community facilities.

Project Name: Kennedy Donovan Center developmental disabilities funding gap
Proposed Recipients: Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc.
Amount Requested: $250,000

One Commercial Street
Foxborough, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the building to be renovated is used for 1) a Special Education school that serves children with multiple diagnoses including developmental disabilities, autism and other medical needs; 2) a day habilitation program for adults with similar medical needs as the school, 3) early intervention services for 800 children from birth to three.

Project Name: Saint Anne's Hospital Medical Oncology Wing
Proposed Recipients: Saint Anne's Hospital
Amount Requested: $500,000

795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Saint Anne's Hospital's history as a local and regional pioneer leverages affiliations with leading academic and research facilities to optimize care, and the Hudner Oncology Center will be assured to meet the nation's highest standards of cancer care, on which so many patients rely.

Project Name: Southcoast Health System Radiology Oncology Program Launch
Proposed Recipients: Southcoast Health System
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because building Southcoast's new radiation oncology facility will create 65 construction jobs. Once the facility opens, it will require the services of 28 new full-time equivalent employees. This project is shovel-ready and can begin in September of this year. The areas served by Southcoast hospitals have a high incidence of cancer and extremely limited access to radiation therapy services, which is why the Mass. Department of Public Health authorized Southcoast to launch this radiation oncology program.

Project Name: Stanley Street Treatment Center (SSTAR) Expansion
Proposed Recipients: Stanley Street Treatment Center
Amount Requested: $650,000

386 Stanley Street
Fall River, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the city of Fall River is experiencing opiate addiction at high levels, and unemployment is the state's second-highest at over 15%. SSTAR is a valued, trusted and expert provider that reaches people and brings them to treatment.

Project Name: (SMILES ) in collaboration with the New Bedford Public School and Fall River Public School Districts. (50% of total from each district)
Proposed Recipients: City of New Bedford Public School and City of Fall River Public School Districts. (50% of total from each district) for work in collaboration with SouthCoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Service, Inc.
Amount Requested: $500,000

One Sovereign Place, Lower Level
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because SMILES works with school officials each year, to identify at- risk youth in grades 1 through 6, with a primary focus on first graders. Once in school, early identification of reading difficulties and intervention with additional resources are essential in order to help struggling students read at their grade level. Only 32% of New Bedford students in the third grade are proficient readers, while more than half of the district's third grade students need improvement, and 16% currently fall within the warning/failing category. Fall River has similar statistics with only 29% of students recording proficiency in reading, leaving more than 70% of third graders in the needs improvement or failing categories. Nineteen percent of third graders in Fall River elementary schools are currently in the warning/failing category. SMILE's goal is to provide the students in the first-grade, currently struggling with reading skills, with quality literacy-based mentoring programs, in an effort to increase their proficiency by the third grade, thus increasing their potential for success in years to come.

TRANSPORTATION HUD APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Project Name: City of New Bedford Commercial Fish Pier Critical Repair Project
Proposed Recipients: City of New Bedford - Harbor Development Commission
Amount Requested: $4,037,254

52 Fisherman's Wharf
PO Box 50899
New Bedford, MA
Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will rehabilitate and improve 5 major fishing piers needing immediate improvements in the Port of New Bedford, the number one value deepwater commercial fishing port in the nation, and the area's most valuable natural resource and critical asset for stimulating investment and attracting new industry.

Project Name: New Bedford Fast Track Freight Bridges
Proposed Recipients: MassDOT
Amount Requested: $1,360,000

10 Park Plaza
Suite 3110
Boston, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of tax payer funds because the project is an outgrowth of the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan. The bridge replacements are part of the Fast Track New Bedford project that anticipates a Whale's Tooth Intermodal Station which is a component of the Southeast Commuter Rail Project. The station holds great potential to catalyze immediate economic growth for the region improving commuter and freight rail traffic to the New Bedford waterfront while encouraging the planned redevelopment of languishing brownfields sites.

Project Name: New Bedford Whaling Museum Education and Research Library
Proposed Recipients: New Bedford Whaling Museum - Old Dartmouth Historical Society
Amount Requested: $1,000,000

18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it facilitates the continued expansion of the Whaling Museum through the development of a world-class Education and Research Library. This will in turn contribute to the economic development of downtown New Bedford, where the museum is located, and attract researchers and scholars from across America and the whole world having an interest in the history of whaling.

Project Name: Steamship Authority Fairhaven Massachusetts Facility Upgrades
Proposed Recipients: The Woods Hole, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority
Amount Requested: $500,000

P.O. Box 284
Railroad Avenue
Woods Hole, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it allows the Steamship Authority to more efficiently maintain the vessels used in its ferry service, by allowing vehicles, forklifts and other maintenance equipment to load and unload on to vessels directly, by protecting these vessels from damage while in repair and increasing the safety of workers and machinery through the installation of head dolphins.

Project Name: YWCA Levi Standish House Expansion
Proposed Recipients: YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
Amount Requested: $475,000

20 South Sixth Street
New Bedford, MA

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of
taxpayer funds: This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would allow the YWCA to consolidate its various childcare and women's residency programs, currently operating in leased facilities in poor condition and located in high crime areas, in a single barrier-free center-city campus located in a 12,800 square foot addition to the historic Levi Standish House in New Bedford.

Project Name: JFK Highway Pedestrian Access Improvement Project
Proposed Recipients: City of New Bedford
Amount Requested: $750,000

1105 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746

Explanation of project, including purpose and why this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds: This is valuable use of taxpayer funds because The JFK Pedestrian Access Highway Improvement Project will enhance economic development and increase tourism by providing safe pedestrian access from the New Bedford Whaling National Park to New Bedford's working water front.


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