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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Beverly & Abraham Sommer Parkland Donation Memorial
Location:  40.465644, -74.575080
Canal Rd. Franklin Twp (Somerset County), NJ USA

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details:  The monument immortalizes Beverly & Abraham Sommer, whom in 1995 donated around 40 acres of land that they owned to the state of New Jersey to become public open space parkland. 

A walking path into the donated open space and the dedication monument are accessible by a small parking area indicated in the Google street view photo on the right. 

Open space preservation is a big deal in NJ, and every donation of open space is a noteworthy decision. 
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Nothing near.
Streetview: https://goo.gl/maps/Ib4hJ
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Just got #50! 
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Got portal approval #40 today, after one of the longer waits I've had for an approval, ~220 days. Though, I think it has one of the better portal photos I've taken so far. It's of a Firefighters memorial that's kind of in an odd area surrounded by corporate parks, and happened to notice it driving through a few days after Memorial Day. As a result there's a nice flower wreath draped over the statue...  Link to the portal: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.547964,-74.47626&z=18&pll=40.547964,-74.47626
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Everyone needs at least this. I get sad when I see a level 16 with no seer!
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: WheatonArts Glass Studio 
Location:  39.410174, -75.021935
Just off of Glasstown Rd. Millville, NJ  USA

Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details:  Glass making is one of the most historically important industries in Southern NJ. The United States' first successful glass factory began in 1739 in Salem County, and it revolutionized the area's industry for centuries. 
   Today, with modern glass making techniques and outsourcing,  there are few places left in South Jersey that still produce glass. Moreover, this locale is **open to the public daily** for traditional glass blowing demonstrations and hands on workshops. Additionally, local artists, once trained, can also apply to use their facility and supplies for their own artistic projects, in addition to volunteering on other projects happening at the studio.
   The Glass studio is part of the larger Wheaton Cultural Center, which incorporates shops, eateries, other art studios, and the Museum of American Glass (which is already a portal). 

More Information on the Wheaton Arts Cultural Center can be found here: http://www.wheatonarts.org/about/historywheatonarts

A few different portal criteria taken from Niantic's spiel fit here: 

"A HIDDEN GEM OR HYPER-LOCAL SPOT
- A popular local spot that you would take a friend visiting your community for the first time
- Tourist spots that showcase local flavor and culture and that make your city/neighborhood unique
- More off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions (i.e., if you weren’t a local, you wouldn’t necessarily know to go here)" 

and also  

"Interesting story behind the location/object" 


PHOTO ON THE LEFT: Picture I took of the entrance sign that I used for the portal submission

PHOTO ON THE RIGHT: Picture I took while I was watching one of the glass blowing demonstrations inside of the building. Added to emphasize the public openness :-)

Thanks for reading! 
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Still ready for #portalappealreview  
Submitted an appeal in early December that appears as though it might have been skipped over, as virtually all other valid appeals from that time have been reviewed by +NIA Ops  . Is there something missing or wrong with it that I'm not seeing? Original post from December 11th linked below... thanks! 
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Nope. Completely legit appeal. They do hop all over, though.
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Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Bolmer Cemetery
Location: 40.603725, -74.575465
~1813 Middle Rd. Martinsville, NJ USA


Reason for rejection: "Portal candidate does not meet the criteria required for approval." 

Details: 
(also have an idea of why it might have been rejected...see end of details.)
- The Bolmer Cemetery, dating back to 1700, is the oldest known cemetery in the Washington Valley. This small plot holds the graves to some of the earliest settlers in the area, as well as the graves of several Continental Army soldiers who were in the nearby Middlebrook Encampment (1777-1779) under the command of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. 

- A possible reason I thought of that caused the rejection of the portal is that the lanes of the small street it's on actually split around the cemetery, which I guess, maybe, they viewed as being in the middle of the street? However,  Middle Rd. is in the middle of a dead-end neighborhood with extremely light traffic exclusive to the residents of the neighborhood (and the odd Ingress player :-) ). Joggers and pedestrians can frequently be seen walking and running on the road with no issue...as evidence by the Google Street View of the location -- with people standing on the road a few feet from the cemetery just chatting. There's even public parking right on the street, noted by the cars parked towards the back. To be honest I don't even remember seeing another car on the road the entire time I was there. But, I guess I'll leave it up to the community at this point :-) Thanks for reading! 
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Thank you +NIA Ops ! 
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File this under "They approved what as a portal?!" -- A new portal just popped up in my area for a roller coaster from a travelling carnival that was in the area last spring. The person submitting it named the portal after the small university that's next to the field that the carnival was held in. So, I give you DeVry Roller Coaster, currently located in an empty field near a parking lot. https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.467213,-74.43945&z=16&pll=40.465226,-74.440933
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Oh, like our Big Apple Circus portal in City Hall Plaza. :-P (Boston) 
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Weirdest portal I've encountered so far. It has no photo/no name attached to it, and it's on a typical residential street. I'd say that it was someone who managed to get their basement submitted as a portal, but how did they get away with submitting a portal without including a photo, unless that was possible when the game first started? https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.53726,-74.600418&z=17&pll=40.536928,-74.600687
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I've had multiple portals where my pictures just don't show up randomly for a week or two, they'll have my photo for months then out of the blue the photo will disappear for a while and then reappear. It's odd 
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Hi All -- new the group. I'm a L10 Res from New Jersey (md1088) and am (im)patiently waiting for my Bronze seer badge. I just started playing in May, so while I only have 2 acceptances so far I have over 150 submissions in 3 states waiting for approval, and adding more every week! 
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Best Chinese take-out place in the area. My family has been coming here for over 10 years (since they used to be in the Rustic Mall!) and the food is great. I particularly recommend their amazing Szechuan dumplings! Also, if you're getting anything that requires duck sauce, you HAVE to ask for their homemade duck sauce. It's way better than the packets, and they'll give it to you complimentary.
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reviewed 9 months ago
This place blew me away the first time I went. The level of freshness, taste, and quality in every flavor I've had is outstanding. I'm not even going to bother picking a favorite, but on your first time there, if they have it, GET THE S'MORES ICE CREAM. Several times now a group of my friends and I have been making the drive to Cold Spring from Central NJ just to first grab lunch at the Round Up Texas BBQ/Smokehouse on the other side of town, and then here for ice cream after. Both places are just that good!
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Some of the best pizza in town! I've been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed. Besides the good old fashioned pizza, I've also had their Sicilian, calzones, strombolis, hot/baked subs, and a couple different dinners and everything has always been fantastic! Owner is really friendly, too.
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Excellent Greek food! I've been here a few times now and have no plans to stop coming here. The gyros taste fresh, the pastitsio is fantastic, and everything I''ve ever gotten here tastes fresh and wholesome. Most recently, I went in a couple of days ago and I could tell our server was new, so she made a couple of minor errors. However, her friendliness and dedication was impressive, and more than made up fer her still learning the ropes, so to speak.
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I have had BBQ in many parts of the country, and I have to say this is some of the best I've had. Owned and operated by a couple of Lone Star State transplants, this place isn't "good bbq for the NY area", but rather "good bbq for Texas". Keep in mind, this is 'Texas' style bbq. Not a lot of sauce, primarily dry rub. However, they have bottles of killer homemade bbq sauce on the tables so if that's your thing they have you covered. The marbled brisket is my favorite, but I have never been disappointed with anything I've gotten there. Interestingly though, they don't do pulled pork. But, honestly, considering they do ribs, 'dino' ribs, 2 kinds of brisket, chicken, pulled chicken, homemade sausage, and many, many other homemade creations and sides, you won't miss it. Also, hoping the owners may read this one day, they *need* to work a deal out with the Moo Moo Creamery in downtown Cold Spring to open up a satellite ice cream parlor in the small vacant bldg in the front of this place. I cannot think of a better combination. Best ice cream and the best bbq around on the same lot? YES.
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My family has been getting pizza from here for decades! The sausage pepper and onion pizza is AWESOME!
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I've been looking around for a local go-to Indian place after my favorite one in New Brunswick closed, and that I think this might be the place! I placed a rather large take out order from them to sample a number of things, and I was rather impressed. They give great portions of food and high quality rice to go with the dishes, and everything tasted homemade and very fresh. Prices were a little high, but for the quality of the ingredients I thought they were still reasonable. I will be back again!
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