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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • International Night celebrates customs, culture at Laurel High

    International Night celebrates customs, culture at Laurel High
    For a few hours on a cold night last week, the center of the world could be found on stage in Laurel High's auditorium. More than 200 people turned out for the school's annual International Night Jan. 24, a showcase of the food, music, dance and customs...
  • Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery [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, 1100 block, March...
  • Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 30 in Manchester

    Traffic: All lanes closed on MD 30 in Manchester
    All lanes are closed on MD 30 in Manchester at MD 482 due to a utility problem at 4:58 a.m. Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT also reported a collision in Baltimore City on the outer loop of I-695 at the Curtis Creek...
  • Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency

    Regional bus services shaken up as Howard launches new transit agency
    Convinced it can spend less money yet provide better bus service, Howard County plans to cut out the organization that provides transportation to thousands of Central Marylanders each day and replace it with a new transit agency. Howard County...
  • Laurel Police release photos after smash-and-grabs at Verizon Wireless

    Laurel Police release photos after smash-and-grabs at Verizon Wireless
    Laurel Police released surveillance photos after two smash and grab burglaries were reported at the Verizon Wireless store on Route 1 this month. On Jan. 23, two people arrived in a dark-color sedan and broke the store's glass door to enter. They took a...
  • Second fire at Compton Avenue townhouse Friday morning

    Second fire at Compton Avenue townhouse Friday morning
    Firefighters from area stations returned early Friday to the site of Wednesday's fire at a Compton Avenue townhouse to fight a second blaze, according to Prince George's County Fire and EMS chief spokesman Mark Brady. Friday's fire was extinguished in...
  • Two motor vehicle thefts reported by Laurel Police

    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....
  • Laurel Police charge two in kidnapping, home invasion

    Laurel Police charge two in kidnapping, home invasion
    What began as a traffic stop by Laurel police early Tuesday resulted in the arrest of two men in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping. Donte Powell, 27, of Washington, and Douglas Mention, 26, of South Carolina, are charged with armed robbery,...