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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 alumna Smothers has role in film about interracial brothers

    Laurel alumna Smothers has role in film about interracial brothers
    Monica Smothers, a Laurel native who caught the theater bug while a student at Laurel High, has one of three lead roles in a film that is opening Jan. 16 at the Avalon Theatre in Washington. The film, "25 Years," is directed by Derek Gray, of Baltimore,...
  • Laurel Police report robbery with knife [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • Leatherbury passes Van Berg for fourth on all-time win list

    Leatherbury passes Van Berg for fourth on all-time win list
    King Leatherbury tied and passed Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for fourth on the all-time win list with a pair of victories Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury got win No. 6,417 when Toni With an I ($11.20) emerged victorious in the fourth....
  • Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late

    Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late
    It's back to class for Laurel students Thursday after officials for Prince George's and the Howard school systems said schools would be open, starting two hours late. A cold but sunny day Wednesday allowed workers to catch up on clearing snow and ice...
  • Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147

    Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147
    The state Department of Transportation said that emergency roadwork in Baltimore County on MD 147 South at Putty Hill Avenue that began on Wednesday continued Thursday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor local bus, mobility...
  • Laurel Police report motorcycle stolen on Contee Road [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City of Laurel Montrose Avenue, 300 block, Nov. 3....
  • Where to donate school supplies

    • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, 311 Laurel Ave., 301-776-0442. Items needed: Backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, composition books, 3-ring binders, loose leaf paper, scissors, glue, colored pencils, crayons and...
  • Laurel groups step up when back-to-school stretches family budgets

    Laurel groups step up when back-to-school stretches family budgets
    With the first day of school just around the corner, shoppers across the country are expected to spend $26.7 billion in back-to-school shopping this year — an average of $634.78 per family, according to the National Retail Federation. But not...
  • Dimensions Healthcare announces site for new regional medical center

    Largo Town Center will be the site of a new regional medical center for Prince George's County, members of the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors announced Thursday, Aug. 22. The board chose the spot based on Largo's accessibility, central...
  • Prince George's Police mark one-year anniversary of fallen Laurel officer

    Prince George's Police mark one-year anniversary of fallen Laurel officer
    The Prince George's County Police Department Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Laurel resident Pfc. Adrian Morris, who died in a police pursuit on Interstate 95 on Aug. 20, 2012.  Morris, who was 23 at the time of his death, was...
  • Lovely Ladies of Laurel hold 5k benefit for breast cancer awareness

    Lovely Ladies of Laurel hold 5k benefit for breast cancer awareness
    Laurel mentoring group the Lovely Ladies of Laurel raised $500 for breast cancer awareness at their Oct. 25 L3 5K event at Laurel Lakes. Celeste Hill, who founded Lovely Ladies of Laurel, and Laurel's Prince George's County School Board member Zabrina...
  • County, city to offer information on Laurel Lakes dredging

    County, city to offer information on Laurel Lakes dredging
    The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources and staff from the city of Laurel will hold a public meeting to share information on the Laurel Lakes dredging project, Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel Police Department's...