Pamela’s Diner – A Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant


An Oakland staple since 1985, Pamela’s Diner located at 3703 Forbes Avenue is one of the latest restaurants to be designated in the Sustainable Restaurants Program. Landing a Silver-Plate level of designation, owners Tim Blosat and Michele Mazzella are proud to be a part of the “green” movement. “We look forward to using the funds granted to us through the program to upgrade more equipment to Energy Star. Not to mention, Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants, was extremely friendly and awesome to work with — she made the process very easy,” said Mazzella and Blosat. Pamela’s Diner recently upgraded their refrigerator system to an Energy Star undercounter refrigerator.

The two also encourage other Oakland restaurants to join the program and get designated. “We strongly recommend the program. Not only for the benefits for the business, but more so for the environment,” they continued.

Pamela’s Diner is also happy to see the returning university students as well as meeting the new ones that come through their doors. “As always we enjoy having the students return. It’s always is a delight to see the empty plate and their smiles of content.”

Pamela’s Diner is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and they welcome you to stop by and try their most popular dish: The Morning After Breakfast Special – 2 eggs (any style), Ham, bacon, or sausage, and 2 of Pamela’s famous (crepe like) hotcakes!

OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Designation enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business.

Marketing & Communications Intern Needed!


The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is seeking a qualified intern to assist with the organization’s Marketing, PR, and Communications efforts. This internship entails assisting and implementing various marketing strategies for OBID, from events promotion and organizing to the marketing for the company as a whole. In particular, this internship will assist with the artistic and content management associated with the Forbes Plaza Digital Gallery, an outdoor installation owned and operated by the OBID. This individual generally works under the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. The intern will be expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and at selected events as needed.

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Block by Block Kicks Off Summer Youth Program



Devonte Hill and Gordon White listen to Bill Stapleton, Operations Manager for Oakland’s Block by Block, kick off the new program focused on team building and responsible workplace habits.

Oakland’s Block by Block cleaning and maintenance team kicked off a summer youth program on Monday, June 27, to teach the importance of responsible work habits and the fundamentals of being a valued employee in today’s workplace. Three eager-to-learn participants between the ages of 16 to 20 have the opportunity to dive into the Block by Block program to help keep Oakland’s commercial district vibrant. Bill Stapleton, Operations Manager of Oakland’s Block by Block division, is happy to lead the charge on this initiative and proud of the newly installed program.

“Our goal is to run this program every summer from now on; bringing even more aboard! I feel that what we accomplish with it is essential to the Oakland business district,” said Bill. The program is the result of a collaborative between the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB), a community leader ensuring that the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met, and the City of Pittsburgh, with a strong goal to employ over 1,000 youths. “This youth program really promotes community development from inside Block by Block. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like this that strengthens the future workforce.”