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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]

    Laurel's forgotten role in the Bonus Army [History Matters]
    After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid...
  • 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,...
  • Swim coach arrested on sex offense charges has ties to Laurel, police say

    Swim coach arrested on sex offense charges has ties to Laurel, police say
    A swim coach arrested on charges of child abuse and sex offenses in Montgomery County also has ties to Laurel, police said today.  The founder of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club, Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, was charged by Montgomery County police on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Traffic: Disabled vehicle on BW Parkway

    Traffic: Disabled vehicle on BW Parkway
    A disabled vehicle on the Baltimore Washington Parkway South in Laurel prior to MD 198 has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 8:59 a.m. on Thursday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The...