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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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  • Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home

    Memories of sister lost in 1963 Birmingham church bombing fill Laurel home
    On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four young black girls. One of those girls was Diane Braddock's 14-year-old sister, Carole Robertson. It...
  • Monica Otal directs Central Maryland Chorale's Winter Concert

    Enjoy a Winter Concert presented by the Laurel-based Central Maryland Chorale, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of Saint Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave., in Silver Spring. Directed by Monica Otal, the concert features Schubert's...
  • Howard County officer injured in shooting is discharged from hospital

    Howard County officer injured in shooting is discharged from hospital
    A Howard County police officer who was shot and wounded by a suspect who has since been captured has been released from the hospital, police said Sunday. Steven Houk, 30, a two-year veteran of the department, was seriously wounded after being shot on...
  • Thunder Brigade drum and bugle corps marches into Laurel

    Thunder Brigade drum and bugle corps marches into Laurel
    Brass and percussion musicians and color guard performers from local band programs descended Nov. 30 on the gym at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club to join a new drum and bugle corps. Thunder Brigade, a program of the nonprofit Mighty Sounds Production,...
  • Thefts from autos reported in city, South Laurel [Crime log]

    Thefts from autos reported in city, South Laurel [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 Westmeath Drive, 14100 block, Oct....
  • Holiday happenings kick off the season in Laurel

    Holiday happenings kick off the season in Laurel
    Annual Holiday Group Show — Montpelier's resident artists' holiday exhibition, Dec. 6-29, open house, Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m., Resident Artists Gallery, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Center open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-377-7800. Arts....
  • Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel

    Franchot shops local for the holidays in Laurel
    Laurel streets were lightly dusted with snow Monday, but the weather was just right for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to do some holiday shopping. Franchot stopped by an indoor Farmers Market set up at the Laurel Mill Playhouse Dec. 9 as part of...
  • Laurel Police report forced-entry burglary [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. City of Laurel Baltimore Avenue, 14700 block, Nov. 26. Shoplifting....
  • City to accept paper bags only for yard debris collections

    To support Prince George's County's efforts to go green, the Laurel Department of Public Works will only accept yard debris collections in paper, not plastic, bags, city officials announced today. Beginning Jan. 1, city residents must place yard...
  • 'Von Stueben's Drill Book found In Ohio' [History Matters]

    50 Years Ago Knock, knock From the Glenwood social column:   "Mr. and Mrs. John Cotton visited  friends in Holidaysburg, Pa. over last weekend. "Mr. R. Clyde Pindell was the weekend guest of Mrs. Harry Naylor of Silver Springs. "Mrs. Warfield...
  • National Kidney Foundation honors Laurel volunteer

    Laurel resident Dr. Deidra Crews received the Greater Baltimore Community and Patients Service Committee All-Star Award at the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's annual Volunteer Awards Reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Sponsored by...
  • Students from Laurel graduate, earn dean's list honors

    James Strickland and Colleen Baxley, both of Laurel and sophomores at Merrimack College, in North Andover, Mass,. were named to the dean's list for the spring semester. The following students from Laurel were named to the dean's list for the spring...