QUSC Ends Spring Season on High Note


The three teams comprising Queensborough United Soccer Club [QUSC] all made big strides in progression during their inaugural season.

Starting way back in September 2016, all the players on each team were strangers and individuals. The QUSC coaching staff headed by Efrain Nino, and Felix Cano molded them into teams, teaching them that the whole of a group is stronger than an individual. Our club has competed in over 65 league, cup, and tournament games playing teams as far away as Massachusetts and as close as Floral Park.

Our U/8 team reached the championship final of their recreational league in Brooklyn this past spring finishing as the runner up. Meanwhile, our U/9’s finished in fourth place in a 10 team league in the Long Island Junior Soccer League, in both fall & spring, reaching the semi-finals of the Massapequa Memorial Day tournament. The U/11’s reached the semi-final of their league playoffs during the fall, and finished in third place during the Massapequa Memorial Day Tournament.

Our players have learned a lot about how hard work, passion, dedication, and how time management goes into playing on a competitive travel team. Our parents, and families have given us tremendous support over the season, always showing great sportsmanship at all games. This has helped us grow our reputation, getting our name on the soccer map, while showing that we proudly represent the entire borough of Queens, and in return support our borough with different community initiatives.

Other highlights included our first annual awards night dinner. Our players were treated to an arts and crafts bonanza at our sponsor Little Pulp at the Atlas Park Mall, making prints of the team crest that honors the history of Queens while partying with pizza and juice. Awards such as Players’ Player award was a trophy coveted for it’s voting done by the player’s peers, while coaches handed out certificates of accomplishment for best communicator, most artistic goal celebration, and one for the soccer player who assisted the team by playing any position in any situation.

QUSC will be expanding from three to five teams in their second full season when they all begin play in the Long Island Junior Soccer League in the fall of 2017.

– Written by Oren Vourman, assistant project manager of QUSC


Morning fire in Forest Hills

Photo by Mark Kaiserman

Photo by Mark Kaiserman

A fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. this morning at a building in Forest Hills.
The fire broke out on the roof of the seven-story, mixed-used building, which is located at 109-19 72nd Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street.
More than 60 firefighters from 12 units responded to the blaze and were able to bring it under control within the hour. The cause of the fire is unknown at this point. There are no reported injuries.
Since last year, work has been going on at the site. Community members on a local Facebook group stated seeing work has continued on the lower floors of the building after the fire was controlled.


Blood drive TODAY at the 112th Precinct


Want to donate blood? Here’s your chance to do so.

Today, from Noon to 6 p.m., stop by the 112th Precinct to donate. To be eligible, you must bring a blood donor card or ID with photo or signature, weigh at least 110 pounds, eat well, be between the ages of 16 and 75 and you cannot have had a tattoo done within the last year.

For more information, you can call Officer Tameco Brooks at 718-520-9251.


Free STEM class for children this Saturday

learning lab forest hills

Do you want your little ones to become more interested in STEM?

The Learning Lab is hosting a free STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) class for kids in kindergarten through second grade.

According to staff, the STEM program integrates all the components of STEM and encourages children to pursue inquiries that are relevant to them. Using the engineering design process, children identify problems, develop possible solutions, and test and evaluate solutions.

The Learning Lab also states that the program will support children in recognizing science and math, engaging in creative thinking, improving logical reasoning skills and collaborating as part of a team.

The Learning Lab is located at 97-16 Metropolitan Avenue. You cab find tickets at www.learninglabny.com.