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More news you can use in Neighbors

Some exciting changes are coming to Neighbors, our twice a week community sections.

Starting Thursday, readers will notice a bolder front page designed to highlight more local news. Inside, there are more than half a dozen new features with a family-friendly focus and news you can use.

Here’s what’s new:

Look for a full-page map of local road construction, which should help commuters navigate around long-term traffic tie-ups. A two-page round-up of child-friendly activities and events will give readers a jump start on weekend planning. There will also be a children’s fitness column called Keeping Kids Fit.

In addition, a weekly education column, Beyond the Classroom, will provide the perspective of a teacher who is also the mother of three children. We also have a puzzle for kids along with the weekly school lunch menu and the popular School Scene feature, which is moving from Sundays to Thursdays.

Of course, we’ll continue to provide the local community news you’ve come to expect over the years from our six Miami-Dade County Neighbors sections.

In fact, our goal is to provide a steady diet of neighborhood news and information, said Amy Lipman Prezant, the new Miami Herald Community News Editor. She has taken the baton from long-time Neighbors Editor Joan Chrissos, who has stepped into a new assignment as our night news editor.

Online, some of our community pages have been redesigned, featuring the photos of our staff beat reporters, their bios, contact information and Twitter feed.

“We wanted to provide a face to the coverage,” Prezant said.

To hear more from our readers on topics of local interest, we will have a virtual Community Conversation. We will pose a question weekly on all of the community pages on MiamiHerald.com using our Public Insight Network. (Sign up at http://www.miamiherald.com/site-services/public-insight-network/) A sampling of reader responses will be published each Sunday in Neighbors.

“The idea is to have a steady flow of community news throughout the week,” said Prezant, who has been with the Miami Herald 15 years. Working with Prezant is Neighbors Editor Steve Rothaus, another Miami Herald veteran who many readers will recognize for his popular blog, Gay South Florida.

“This is an exciting opportunity to offer unique coverage,” Prezant said. “We are really one of the only places where readers can come to get news and information about their community.”

We’d love to hear what you think about the changes. Amy Lipman Prezant can be reached at alipman@miamiherald.com.

Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, executive editor, can be reached at 305-376-3429 or amarques@MiamiHerald.com. The mailing address is 3511 NW 91st Avenue, Miami, FL 33172. Follow on Twitter @MindyMarques.

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