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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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  • 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&...
  • 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...
  • Main Street's leading lady is muscle behind theater, business group

    It's been more than a decade since Maureen Rogers helped relocate the Burtonsville Players — a nonprofit theater group that's performed in the Laurel area for more than 35 years — to the Laurel Mill Playhouse on the west end of Main Street....
  • Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [Crime Log]

    Laurel Police report strong-arm robbery and attempted burglaries [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 Main Street, 600 block, April 27....
  • Where are the positive stories about Obamacare?

    If there were fairness in this world, Rita Rizzo would be a media star. Rizzo, 60, owns a management consulting firm for nonprofit groups and government offices in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Lou Vincent, 64. Vincent, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes...
  • 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...
  • Students test cyber skills in competition at Johns Hopkins APL

    Students test cyber skills in competition at Johns Hopkins APL
    This year's winter weather is a mere dusting compared to the winter storm that college students are grappling with this weekend at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Eight teams of students are fending off a massive cyber attack...
  • State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency

    State requires study of regional bus system before funding new Howard agency
    Howard County will move ahead with the launch of its new regional transit agency this summer despite a legislative decision in Annapolis to withhold state funding from the operation until it is studied further. David Nitkin, a county spokesman, said...
  • Traffic: Collision on outer loop of I-695

    Traffic: Collision on outer loop of I-695
    A collision on the outer loop of Interstate 695 in Woodlawn at Security Boulevard has closed two outer loop traffic lanes and the outer loop right shoulder at 9:07 a.m. on Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The Maryland...