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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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  • Entrepreneur helps clients with work space

    When you meet LaTaunya Howard, it doesn't take long to realize she enjoys being around people. She flashes her smile almost by default, but not in a way that feels contrived, and her demeanor and tone make you feel at ease. It helps explain why Howard,...
  • Inaugural 5K seeks to boost limb loss awareness

    Inaugural 5K seeks to boost limb loss awareness
    Laurel resident Lisa Willis is looking forward to wearing a royal blue and lime green ribbon to brighten the spring landscape during the Limb Loss 5K Community Walk/Roll at Granville Gude Park on Saturday. Organized by the newly formed Amputee...
  • Datebook

    Sunday, April 6 MS Walk The National MS Society is hosting its Walk MS event in Annapolis at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium. Walk MS is a 5k event and participation is free, but participants are encourage to raise money for research into the cause, cure...
  • Yard sales signal signs of spring [Old Town Laurel]

    Yard sales are a great way to dispose of, or repurpose, unwanted household items and clothing, while putting some extra cash in your pocket. However, you should be aware of several rules regarding such events. City of Laurel rules dictate that in...
  • Howard takes the wheel [Editorial]

    Howard takes the wheel  [Editorial]
    Easily overlooked in the waning days of the legislative session was a dust-up over how best to manage suburban transit in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Howard County announced the creation of a Regional Transportation Agency, or RTA, to oversee bus...
  • At Kake Korner, Ulman touts Route 1 tax credit program as sweet deal

    At Kake Korner, Ulman touts Route 1 tax credit program as sweet deal
    Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced on Wednesday a new tax credit program aimed at incentivizing revitalization along the aging Route 1 corridor. Standing in front of Kake Korner, a pastry shop on Route 1 in North Laurel, Ulman said he hoped the...
  • State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency

    State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency
    Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin, a county spokesman, said...
  • Stanley's service warrants having Laurel's library named for him [Letter]

    Stanley's service warrants having Laurel's library named for him [Letter]
    I find it unfortunate that the Prince George's County Library Board believes it needs to remove Charles Stanley's name from Laurel's newly expanded and renovated library when it reopens. Citing Stanley's Confederate military experience — he served...
  • Keeping Stanley name on library could stir up 'hornet's nest' of anger [Letter]

    Keeping Stanley name on library could stir up 'hornet's nest' of anger [Letter]
    The recent revelation of Charles H. Stanley's years of service (1862-65) in the Confederate Army — and his presumed support of the institution of slavery — cannot be overlooked in the selection of a name for the new Laurel library. The fact...
  • Age hasn't dampened the style of singer Ethel Ennis [Senior Circles]

    Smooth Sounds for Seniors! That's the title of the new concert series just for seniors ages 60 and better at the Montpelier Arts Center, in Laurel. It is a cultural arts venue for all counties. The center's director, Sonya Kitchens, decided to offer...
  • Laurel Police report two burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel Police report two burglaries [Crime Log]
    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Belle Ami Drive, 14800 block, March...
  • First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel

    First retailer opens at Towne Centre at Laurel
    A long wait for Laurel residents came to an end on Friday, March 28 with the opening of the first retailer at the Towne Centre at Laurel, a new retail area still under construction. The grand opening of Burlington Coat Factory Friday is a major...