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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

Top Laurel Articles

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  • Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes

    Board approves budget with funds for Monarch school, employee pay hikes
    The Anne Arundel County school board adopted a $1.02 billion operating budget last week for the next fiscal year that includes funding for employee pay increases and the money to open a new contract school. But the panel criticized county government...
  • At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view

    At World Cup, Laurel's Kammarman has global view
    After graduating from the University of Delaware, Michael Kammarman and his twin brother, David, spent part of the next two years backpacking around the world. The brothers, who played soccer at Laurel High and graduated in the Class of 1989, spent...
  • Laurel man cited for firing gun to kill snake

    Laurel man cited for firing gun to kill snake
    Laurel officials say a 62-year-old resident was arrested for violating a city ordinance Sunday when he shot a snake in the woods behind his house. Police were called to the 15000 block of Laurel Oaks Lane in Laurel around 12:25 p.m. after callers...
  • Low voter turnout predicted in upcoming primaries

    State and local candidates are barreling toward the primary elections in less than two weeks, but not everyone is aware – or cares – that there's an opportunity to vote on the horizon. Pollsters and local election officials are predicting low...
  • Laurel voters head to polls for primary election

    Laurel voters head to polls for primary election
    As expected, voter turnout for the primaries Tuesday is low, especially in Laurel. Bond Mill Elementary School is usually an active precinct, but since opening its doors at 7 a.m., the only line was in the morning. "It's shocking that it's so light,"...
  • Few voters or surprises in primary election

    Few voters or surprises in primary election
    Turnout was low for Tuesday's primary election at polling places in Laurel, as expected. With so few contested races, and what experts say is the usual apathy found in a nonpresidential election cycle, the turnout wasn't a surprise. Among incumbents...
  • Developer Kingdon Gould Jr. reflects on his 60-year legacy

    Developer Kingdon Gould Jr. reflects on his 60-year legacy
    Kingdon Gould, Jr., 90, is a noted businessman, real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador under two presidents. He is a great-grandson of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Over the course of his more than six decades as a resident of Howard County, Gould&...
  • Laurel Police report two armed robberies [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Prince George's County police report major crimes and property crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • New route names, expanded service with RTA launch

    New route names, expanded service with RTA launch
    With Tuesday's launch of the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland – an intercounty bus service linking Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties and the city of Laurel that has replaced Central Maryland Regional Transit as...
  • Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership

    Fitchitt, Nicklas named to lead Downtown Columbia Partnership
    The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to...
  • Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say

    Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Walmart, police say
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report of carjacking near a Walmart in Laurel early Sunday morning. The victim, a 48-year-old woman from Baltimore, told police a man approached her and threatened her with a large kitchen knife about 1 a....
  • A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'

    A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'
    With its four terraces of thriving plants sloping down toward a babbling lily pond, Jim Duke's garden could certainly be considered a healing place. And that's precisely what the world-renowned botanist and author's Green Farmacy Garden is....