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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • Laurel hosted educational experiments in the 1970s [History Matters]

    Laurel hosted educational experiments in the 1970s [History Matters]
    Student activism in the late 1960s spawned a wave of educational reform, and students were emboldened by the new national attitude inviting their participation. One of the initiatives created during this period was the Experiment in Free Form Education,...

    Nonprofit organizations need volunteers

    Court Appointed Special Advocate — Opportunity to help abused or abandoned children in community. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for needs of children living in foster care. Volunteers spend about 10 hours per month visiting child...

    Side by Side to offer parent workshops [South Laurel/Montpelier]

    Side by Side of Laurel, a faith-based nonprofit organization, which works to strengthen Prince George's County elementary schools in Laurel, is sponsoring a series of Great Start Program workshops this year in several schools in our community, including...

    Record rainfall causing widespread flooding, rescues

    Record rainfall causing widespread flooding, rescues
    Heavy rain led to flash flooding that closed roads and required widespread swift-water rescues from trapped vehicles Tuesday. A flash flood warning was in effect across parts of the Baltimore region through 6:45 p.m. At Baltimore-Washington...