Most-Read Stories of 2016: Goats and Gluttony

As 2017 begins, here's a look at the five most-read stories of 2016 here at Jamaica Plain News. 5. Man Shot Outside 7-Eleven
Luckily, and thanks the efforts of police and residents, crime was not overall a huge story in JP in 2016. However, isolated violence did continue this past year. Jeffrey Kelly, 28, was killed outside the South Huntington 7-Eleven in August.

Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St., Jamaica Plain

Behan’s Building For Sale at $3M

One of the best-known properties in Jamaica Plain is on the market. The multi-family property at 378 Centre St., which has The Brendan Behan Pub, was put up for sale in early January, according to a listing by Coldwell Banker. The asking price? A cool $2,995,000. The property is in the heart of Hyde Square.

‘There’s No Place on Earth Like the World’

Here's a nighttime view of the epigraph above the door of the Brendan Behan. "There's no place on earth like the world," is a key phrase in the eponymous poet's "The Hostage." Each weekday we post a “Photo of the Day” from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it:

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

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Alison Moronta, business development director for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Association, shares a smile with Jason Waddleton, owner of The Haven, which hosted a meeting of Hyde and Jackson Square business owners on May 13, 2015.

Biz Leaders in Hyde and Jackson Squares Aim to Work Together

[Editor's note: This report is being reproduced in English by kind arrangement with El Mundo Newspaper, where it originally appeared.]

Business owners in two of Boston’s most Latino neighborhoods, Hyde and Jackson squares in Jamaica Plain, aim to work together to bring in more customers. In two recent sessions hosted by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., a total of more than 30 business owners strategized on how to improve the business environment. Business owners at the first meeting, held May 13 at the Julia Martin House, focused on safety, parking and cleanliness, said Rafael Mejia, owner of Evelyn’s Market and president of the Hyde Jackson Square Merchants Association. Mejia said business owners want to give people more reasons to go into Hyde and Jackson squares. “A lot of people don’t know what’s in the neighborhood,” Mejia said.

What’s Open in Jamaica Plain?

We're # OPEN! A photo posted by Aurum Restaurant (@aurumrestaurant) on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:41am PST

While authorities are urging people to hunker down in their apartments and homes, we keep getting requests for what's actually open during the blizzard. Here's what we know so far. We'll update this list as we learn of other openings. This kind of information can change fast, so I do recommend calling before you head over.