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Miami Times staff report | 6/26/2014, 9 a.m.

Ojus educator dies before his final year

Alumni and colleagues gathered at Ojus Elementary School in Northeast Miami-Dade Sunday to say goodbye to beloved Coach Gregory Blatch, a FAMU graduate who taught P.E. for more than three decades. Blatch died last Thursday at age 61 from a heart attack just before his retirement next year at the school, located at 18600 W. Dixie Hwy near Aventura Mall. A petition is being circulated to rename the street in Blatch’s honor. He went to Florida A&M University and graduated in 1975 with a degree in science and physical education.

Jackson Hospital unveils massive renovation plan Jackson Health System unveiled an ambitious $1.4 billion plan to renovate its campus to attract more paying patients to its facilities.The plan includes improving infrastructure, renovating and building more than 200 proposed projects on Jackson’s sprawling campus it shares with the University of Miami Hospital and medical school. Jackson will spend $830 million in voter-approved funds to finance the projects. About $550 million will come from Jackson and other sources.

Port Tunnel opening delayed a month

PortMiami’s new tunnel won’t be opened for service for at least another six weeks, Miami-Dade County officials said last Wednesday. The delay is being caused by mysterious sounds and vibrations of two of the tunnel’s 44 fans, which controls the tunnel ventilation.The tunnel was scheduled to open May 19 after it was christened with an elaborate ceremony that included many speeches and the Junkanoos Band. The massive fans were designed to clear out dangerous fumes in case of a toxic spill.