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Nonprofit plans flea market, seeks help from Penn Hills School District

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Christine Spieler, teacher Amanda Power and Bringing Out the Best founder Shawn O'Mahony line up sections of a mural the group put up to make Penn Hills prettier.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Christine Spieler, teacher Amanda Power and Bringing Out the Best founder Shawn O'Mahony line up sections of a mural the group put up to make Penn Hills prettier.

A nonprofit wants to have a flea market to fund philanthropic projects in Penn Hills.

Resident Shawn O'Mahony recently asked the school board for permission to host the market in May to benefit his Bringing Out the Best project.

The charity works with students on many activities, including a project to install a mural on the wall of Butler Gas Products at 4700 Verona Road, roadside gardens and the creation of a pond at Linton Middle School.

“We're kind of in every little niche in the community and trying to find a way to make all this come together,” O'Mahony said. “I do believe that a flea market could bring the community together. We could have a place for the boosters to set up their booths and sell all their products. Cyber schools could be involved as well.”

The market would have 50 slots at a cost of $25 each. Most details are still being worked out, O'Mahony said.

“We have a lot of meetings that we need to get together so everybody's on the same page,” O'Mahony said. “I think this is going to be a very good thing to benefit the community.”

Board members said O'Mahony has their support.

“They're trying to make things prettier and it's a good thing, anything to help the community,” board President Erin Vecchio said.

She suggested Linton as the flea market site because it has hosted Unity in the Community Day and art shows in the past.

Any group wishing to participate in the market should call 412-701-1303 or email

More information about the charity is available at

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367 or

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