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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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  • For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'

    For Richard Friend, finding lost Laurel is 'labor of love'
    Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants,...
  • Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'

    Digging the past at 'Lost & Found Laurel'
    The Laurel Museum's grand opening of "Lost & Found Laurel" on Feb. 9 crafted a nostalgic moment for Laurel residents who have watched many retailers come and go through changing times over the last half-century. In “Lost & Found Laurel,” the...
  • Halloween Happenings begin in Laurel

    Halloween Happenings begin in Laurel
    Happy Halloween — For families with preschoolers, Wed., Oct. 23, 10 a.m., repeated Thu., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Maryland City at Russett library, 3501 Russett Common. Enjoy delightfully spooky stories, activities and fun. Come in costume and join in...
  • Council president running on ability to build consensus

    Council president running on ability to build consensus
    When you ask Fred Smalls how long he's served on the Laurel City Council, don't be surprised if it takes him a moment. "I work hard for the residents of this city," said Smalls, 63, the council president who was first elected in 2002. "I've committed...
  • Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings

    Prison investigators continue to find out cause of fight that led to stabbings
    A tier of the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup remained on lockdown Friday, a day after three inmates were stabbed in an argument among several prisoners. Two men suffered wounds that were not life-threatening. Another man, who was stabbed...
  • 'Lost Laurel' exhibit found by returning old friends [Old Town Laurel]

    Old Town was teaming with excitement as the arrival date for the opening of the "Lost & Found Laurel" exhibit, Feb. 9, was upon us. Memorabilia adorned every nook, cranny and wall of the Laurel Museum, wherever space permitted. As the overflow crowd...
  • Traffic: Collision in Annapolis on I-97

    Traffic: Collision in Annapolis on I-97
    A three-vehicle collision in Annapolis on Interstate 97 South at U.S. 50 has closed both southbound shoulders at 8:44 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor light rail...
  • Police charge man in Laurel bank robbery, car chase

    Police charge man in Laurel bank robbery, car chase
    A 42-year-old man has been charged in the Wednesday robbery of a Laurel bank, and the ensuing police chase that ended in a Columbia neighborhood, according to Laurel city spokesman Pete Piringer. Robert C. Williams faces robbery and numerous traffic...
  • Four indicted in North Laurel drug deal shooting

    Four indicted in North Laurel drug deal shooting
    The four southern Howard County residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man in his pickup truck in North Laurel last month were indicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday. The indicted are: Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000...
  • Seahawk Jordan Hill tells his 'hard work' story to Police Explorers

    Seahawk Jordan Hill tells his 'hard work' story to Police Explorers
    Sitting in a conference room in Beltsville's District 6 police station, the teenage members of Prince George's County Police Explorer Post 600 listen attentively to a special guest. In place of their usual weekly activities, they received a visit from...
  • Howard police arrest missing sex offender in Laurel

    Howard police arrest missing sex offender in Laurel
    Howard County police said Tuesday night they had found missing sex offender Arthur Edward Spicer, 37, at a friend's residence in Laurel in Prince George's County, and that he was arrested without incident. Spicer, whose last known address was 6664...
  • Few competitors in 2014 for Laurel's incumbent county and state politicians

    Few competitors in 2014 for Laurel's incumbent county and state politicians
    Laurel's state- and county-level elected officials — with few challengers and, in some cases, no challengers — won't face many obstacles on the path to re-election this year. Now that the Feb. 25 candidate filing deadline has passed, 2014's...