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.

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These JP residents say they would all vote "Aye" if they lived in Scotland. From left: Tom Menihan, Ginny O'Neil, John Hannafin and Melissa Hamel. They gathered at The Haven on Sept. 18, 2014.

The Haven Burger Makes Buzzfeed’s List of Nation’s 21 Best

Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Tuesday, Nov. 18. Burger Heaven at The Haven: I tend toward the liquid meals when I'm at The Haven, but Hyde Square's wee bit of Scotland won national press this week as Buzzfeed readers tapped the tavern's burger as one of the country's 21 best. Last Day to See the Bonsai: Tuesday the Arnold Arboretum's exquisite bonsai collection will be going off display for the winter.

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The Haven, Boston's only Scottish bar and restaurant, held its own vote on Scottish independence. Taken Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Voters at The Haven Go Heavily For Scottish Independence

With 32 of 32 councils reporting, Scotland's bid for independence failed, with 55 percent voting "no" to 45 percent in the "aye" camp. Not so at The Haven in Jamaica Plain, which held its own referendum. Alisa Clark, a Boston journalist covering the swarm of people at the Hyde Square bar on Thursday night for the Gazette, has the numbers:

Local vote at @thehavenjp : 174 "nae" to over 500 "aye". Clearly we're all for sticking it to England in the #cradleofliberty— Alisa C.D. Clark (@Alisa_unedited) September 19, 2014

That's at least 74 percent to 26 percent in favor of Scottish secession. But while it turned out to be a sad night for the "Aye" camp, the vote and excitement leading up to it were certainly a business and publicity bonanza for one of the neighborhood's most singular establishments.

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JP's Matt Murray is interviewed by Boston Neighborhood News at The Haven on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

For Historic Scottish Vote, All ‘Ayes’ Were on The Haven

The Haven, the only Scottish bar and restaurant in Boston, became the defacto capital for Hub media Thursday night as Scotland took its historic vote on independence. Media outlets on hand included CBS Channel 4, Boston Neighborhood Network, the Jamaica Plain Gazette and, of course, Jamaica Plain News. Earlier, crews from WBUR interviewed the pub's owner, Scot Jason Waddleton. JP's Matt Murray, pictured above being interviewed by BNN, said he leans slightly "aye" on whether Scotland should be an independent country. Murray's family traces their roots to Scotland, where a relative many generations ago may — may — have fought alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Posters for various JP Music Festival Fundraisers

Before It Raises the Roof, Here’s How the JP Music Festival Raises the Money

Running a free community event like the JP Music Festival is great fun — even behind the scenes. The festival itself brings together the people of JP and Boston (and many Brooklinites sneak over the border) to celebrate great, local, live music. Every year the thousands of people who come discover just how much amazing musical talent lives and works in our ‘hood. As a group of JP residents (okay, a couple of us have migrated to Dorchester), part of the fun of putting on a free community event is raising the money to pull it all off. The committee is led by Rick Berlin and Shamus Moynihan as co-producers and the festival committee is currently Margie Nicoll, Kellie Cardone, Justin McCarthy, Ferris Mueller, and Charles McEnerney.

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