Stories written by Grant Miller
Grant can be reached at grant@communitynewspapers.com

County procurement similar to Olympic figure skating judging

Grant Miller

U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner gained notoriety by ripping into the judges at the just-concluded Sochi Winter Olympics. Whatever one thinks of the sport or its judging, the angst comes from its subjectivity. A score appears, someone’s fate is sealed and no one really understands how it all came about. Certain Miami-Dade County decisions on […]

2014 Lexus ES 300h is a hybrid with power and class

2014 ES 300h has a familiar spindle grille and running lights up front, with hidden exhaust and an integrated spoiler defining the rear.

For those who don’t like to skimp on luxury, but hate the hole in the wallet after filling the gas tank, the Lexus ES 300h is a great compromise. Averaging about 40 mpg (combined city/highway), yet still providing all the high-end features Lexus is known for, the 300h has both beauty and brains. Inside, the […]

Palmetto Bay: The Village of public persecution

Why are the innocents now in the crosshairs of Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and the Palmetto Bay council? Look to the special council meeting held on Feb. 3, another low point in the annals of Palmetto Bay, when two public speakers learned the hard way why not many dare to approach the microphone and speak their […]

Toyota Tundra has major design changes for 2014

Toyota Tundra has major design changes for 2014

The Toyota Tundra half-ton full-size pickup truck remains a strong, reliable workhorse. The Tundra’s exterior reflects its power with strong chiseled features and a tall frame. Under the hood, the Tundra lives up to its looks, boasting a 4-liter V-6 engine and 270 hp. The Tundra has been redesigned for 2014 both inside and out […]

2014 Subaru Outback is an innovative family crossover vehicle

The 2014 Subaru Outback is a rugged station wagon with the versatility of an SUV. It’s great for hauling around a large family or for doing some light offroading. The Outback’s focus is not on luxury or fancy technological bells and whistles, but on practicality. It is exceptionally spacious and has enough room for five […]

Palmetto Bay: The vllage of public persecution

Why are the innocents now in the crosshairs of Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and the Palmetto Bay council? Look to the special council meeting held on Feb. 3, another low point in the annals of Palmetto Bay, when two public speakers learned the hard way why not many dare to approach the microphone and speak their […]

LS flagship models mark the future of the Lexus brand

The 2013 Lexus LS 460 was redesigned to give it a bolder look, however, the ride is just as smooth as ever and the two suspension systems let you to feel more in control than in previous models. On the inside, the LS 460 does not skimp on luxury and trim, with leather-wrapped seats that […]

Neighborhood protection? Depends who lives there

How do you like the plan to rip out and pave over the avocado and mango trees at the public works offices for use as a storage and parking lot for Palmetto Bay’s buses? You never heard? No one is surprised as this proposal is a shock to everyone, especially the neighbors in the affected […]

Village needs a restaurant in the Gardens

The Village Council at its January meeting rejected a proposal for a restaurant in Pinecrest Gardens. Councilmembers Joe Corradino, Jeff Cutler and Bob Ross voted against the measure, while Mayor Cindy Lerner and Councilmember James McDonald voted in favor of the matter. But, that’s not the end of it and we need to get some […]

2014 Ford Fiesta is ‘most dramatic and distinctive ever’

2014 Ford Fiesta is ‘most dramatic and distinctive ever’

The new 2014 Ford Fiesta is a revamped, technologically-savvy version of its predecessors. Slight changes in the Fiesta’s exterior styling give it a more modern and upscale look. Inside, the Fiesta has been fitted with the new MyFord Touch interface and the base model comes with many features such as iPod interface and Bluetooth connectivity. […]

500L is newest model in popular Fiat 500 lineup

For those who want a practical car with good mileage and a great price, the 2014 Fiat 500L is a great option. With a fuel economy rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway, the Fiat 500L not only saves you on the ticket price, but on gas as well. The […]

2014 Lexus ES 350 is a great choice for small families

The Lexus ES 350 capitalizes on comfort and with a smooth, quiet ride, luxurious interior and a spacious cabin, it’s a great option for small families or those who need a spacious sedan. The front seat passenger and driver enjoy climate-controlled adjustable seats, and back seat passengers don’t have to worry about feeling cramped as […]

2014 Dodge Durango is a nice package of styling and comfort

The Dodge Durango first came on the market as a 1998 model and, over the years, it has evolved into a popular SUV option with American consumers. For 2014, the rear-wheel-drive Durango is more technologically advanced, more fuel efficient and even more dramatically styled. Equipped with new fuel-saving technology, the V-6Durango has a driving range […]

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT is ultimate rear-wheel-drive ‘muscle coupe’

With its sleek, straight lines and a powerful look, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is unmistakably a muscle car. The Challenger SRT offers high-tech performance features that endear it to consumers as the brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. This 470 hp machine has a balanced performance with outstanding straight-line acceleration, worldclass ride and handling, […]