Fast Three: Exploring School Challenges, Amazon Moves Closer, and Renewable Energy Poll Answers

SANATOGA PA – The Post doesn’t play with the news, but we do experiment with it.

What you’re reading is “Fast Three,” The Post’s latest effort to keep readers informed and entertained. Our weekdays-only goal is to find three local newsworthy items daily between 11 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. (just shy of three hours), condense them into a fast read of three or fewer paragraphs each, and publish them by 2 p.m.

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More returning-to-school talk, Sunday on your TV

Philadelphia television station 6ABC, its news anchor Tamala Edwards, and reporter Jaclyn Lee will host an hour-long virtual town hall titled “Building It Better Together: Back to School” on Sunday (Aug. 23, 2020) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. live on the channel’s website, in its news and TV-related apps, and of course on the telly itself.

More returning-to-school talk, Sunday on your TV

“The town hall brings (school district) superintendents together … from Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware to discuss a range of challenges that include back-to-school plans, and the economic impact on school district employees and vendors,” the station said. It also hopes to “address families’ concerns and provide information about aid and resources to assist under-represented communities … faced with distance learning.”

None of the panelists invited to discuss these topics with the hosts are from western Montgomery County, according to an e-mail received Friday (Aug. 21) at 11 a.m. Local viewers may still find it informative, because it’s likely some of the hurdles facing the guest speakers also will arise in the Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Boyertown, Upper Perkiomen, Spring-Ford, or Perkiomen Valley districts.

Amazon moves ever closer to your doorstep, from which some of us occasionally buy a few things and many of us regularly buy almost everything, plans to add fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania so it can warehouse more stuff and deliver it more quickly. At Upper Bern Township in neighboring Berks County (at top), the company this month signed a lease for a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center. It’s expected to open during early 2021, accompanied by about 1,000 jobs.

The online giant may get closer still.

Simon Property Group, which owns the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick and the Mall at King of Prussia, is talking with Amazon about leasing it extra space in large and vacant retail sites like those formerly occupied by J.C. Penney and Sears, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. It doesn’t yet seem like any local spaces are in play, but selected properties elsewhere in Montgomery County might qualify.

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About that unscientific mini-poll on renewable energy

The Post received about two handfuls of responses to questions posed in Wednesday’s (Aug. 19) Fast Three: 1) Do you support funding research into renewable energy? and 2) Do you favor requiring utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources?

A majority of respondents said “yes” to both. And while most generally supported funding research into renewable energy, a minority made it clear they had no desire to require utilities to meet a percentage quota for producing renewable energy. Maybe the word “required” raised some hackles?

We thank those who participated. A couple of handfuls is better than none. The responses also came with suggestions that encouraged us to find a better way to conduct future polls. We discovered two that we’ll try sometime in the future.