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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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  • More police now sporting cameras on their bodies

    More police now sporting cameras on their bodies
    Officer Aaron Waddell pulled over a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 198 in Laurel and asked the driver for his license and registration. Waddell told the man why he stopped him — a suspected seat belt violation — and added, "Just to let you know,...
  • Arundel students excused for ice-day absences

    Arundel students excused for ice-day absences
    Anne Arundel County public school students won't be penalized for being late or absent Friday, after officials went ahead with an on-time opening despite dicey weather. Dozens of crashes were reported on roads across Anne Arundel Friday morning, as...
  • 7 years prison for ex-soldier accused of trying to join terror group

    7 years prison for ex-soldier accused of trying to join terror group
    A former Army intelligence specialist pleaded guilty Monday to destroying his computer in an attempt to cover his tracks before flying to Africa in a bid to join the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. Craig Benedict Baxam, 26, of Laurel was sentenced in a...
  • City asks for input on Laurel Lakes landscaping

    As the city moves forward with a project to clean up the upper of the two Laurel Lakes, Laurel officials are asking residents for landscaping suggestions. Officials from the Prince George's County's Department of Environmental Resources told the...
  • Robbery with firearm on Laurel Bowie Road reported by Laurel Police [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Scott Adam Court, 9100 block, Dec. 8. Theft from motor vehicle Braygreen Road, 7800 block, Dec. 7....
  • Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night

    Professionals add credibility to STEM at Laurel High family night
    When Kenneth Barrie and Rima Garg teach their science classes at Laurel High School, their students inevitably ask "why do we need to know this?" The co-chairs of the science department can enumerate all the careers in science, technology, engineering...
  • 2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation

    2014 state bills for Laurel focus on recreation
    The start of the 2014 General Assembly legislative session is fast approaching, and lawmakers are putting together their wish lists. Each year, delegations from across Maryland craft bills requesting funding, authorizations and other acts for local...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary on Plantation Court [Crime Log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Plantation Court, 15600 block, Dec. 19. Forced-entry burglary. Fifth Street, 800 block, Dec. 17....
  • 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...
  • Bond Mill Elementary celebrates autumn with costume parade [West Laurel]

    Bond Mill Elementary celebrated the autumn season with the annual costume parade on Oct. 31. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day. Foliage along Sherwood Avenue was a brilliant hue of autumnal colors, which was the backdrop of the parade of about 500...
  • Laurel Police report nine thefts in six days [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. City of Laurel Split Rail Lane, 7200 block, Oct. 26. Theft. Fifth Street, 800 block, Oct. 25. Forced-entry burglary....