Wednesday, May 1, 2013
This year's event is set for Saturday, May 11.
From the City of Laurel: Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that Laurel’s annual Main Street Festival will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mayor Moe commends the Laurel Board of Trade for its hard work every year to ensure that visitors from close and far enjoy a day of entertainment, food, vendors, music and activities. Laurel is proud of its small town roots and close knit community, which is evidenced by the Main Street Festival. Main Street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic between Route 1 South and 7th Street allowing thousands of people to stroll up and down Main Street enjoying numerous food vendors, bands and arts and crafts. The festival will start with the parade, which will begin at 9:00 a.m…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Paid opportunities are available for City of Laurel residents ages 14 to 16.
Tuesday, April 30
From the City of Laurel: Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce the “Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program” will continue for the summer of 2013. Mayor Moe noted that this program won the 2011 Maryland Municipal League Achievement Award, an honor for which he is very proud. Mayor Moe thanked the Laurel City Council for its support of the continuation of this program. The purpose of this program is to provide meaningful employment opportunities for Laurel youth during the summer months. The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program is open to Laurel youth who are City residents between the ages of 14 and 16 on the first day of the program. Youth in the program must have written permission from their parents or guardians to participate in the program and …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The task force's first meeting is set for tonight (Tuesday, April 23) at 8:30 p.m.
From the City of Laurel: Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that the formation of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club Task Force is complete. Members of the Task Force appointed by the Mayor and City Council are: Chair G. Rick Wilson, Vice-Chair Monique Holland, Gloria Arnold, Robert J. DiPietro, Mickey Fink, Lionel Francis, Craig Frederick, Marcellus Shepard, and Kenneth Taylor. Representing the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, appointed by Club President Levet Brown, are Adrian Rousseau and Michael Sarich. The meeting schedule is announced herein. City Staff Support includes the City Administrator, the Director of Budget and Personnel Services, and the Director of Parks and Recreation, per adopted Mayor and City Council Resolution No. 2-13, enacted …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The city is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Authorities have expanded their investigation into a series of recent fires across Laurel and are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, officials said Thursday. Speaking from a lectern at the Laurel Police Department, city and county investigators said that a total of seven fires are now included in the probe. The incidents are responsible for an estimated $600,000 of damage in all. Officials said two fires—the March 3 and March 11 fires that destroyed playgrounds at Discovery Community Park and Emancipation Community Park, respectively—were found to have key similarities. The remaining five fires remain "incidents of interest," authorities said. They include: (View a map of the incidents in the gallery at …
The distinction allows businesses to apply for state assistance under the Neighborhood
BusinessWorks loan program.
Thursday, April 4
From the City of Laurel: Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has approved the expansion of the Designated Sustainability Area within the City. The expanded area now includes Main Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street (MD-216). The designation allows businesses to apply for State assistance under the Neighborhood BusinessWorks programs, which provides for acquisition, inventory and fixtures, and other funds necessary in establishing or relocating a business within the Sustainable Area. The City’s newly expanded Sustainability Area now includes most properties on both sides of Route One from Cherry Lane to the Howard County line, and from Main Street westward to …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Officials are set to appear at a joint press conference Thursday.
Mayor Craig Moe, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, and other local officials are set to hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the recent string of fires across the Laurel area. The PGFD and Laurel Police Department have been conducting a joint investigation into the blazes, several of which occurred on city playgrounds. "These incidents include a number of arson fires along with two fires of an undetermined nature that remains under investigation and are considered 'incidents of interest,'" the PGFD said in a statement. On March 11, flames badly damaged a set of playground equipment at Emancipation Community Park in Laurel. County fire officials determined that the blaze, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The blaze—the third at a playground in Laurel in eight days—caused up to $100,000 in damage at Emancipation Community Park.
Laurel's third playground fire in a week destroyed a set of equpiment at Emancipation Community Park Monday afternoon, officials said. The blaze, which began shortly before 4:30 p.m., follows the destruction of a playground at Discovery Community Park on March 3 and the arrest of two juveniles Friday night for allegedly burning part of a playground at Granville Gude Park. According to City of Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer, Laurel firefighters arrived at the park—located at 8th Street and West Street—to find the playground "fully engulfed in flame." It took crews about 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Piringer said. No injuries were reported, but the damage is estimated at $80,000 to $100,000. Laurel police and Prince George's County …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Flags have been ordered to half staff to honor Robison, who died Monday.
Tuesday, March 5
From the City of Laurel: With a heavy heart and a great sense of loss, Mayor Craig A. Moe has ordered City flags to be at half-mast to honor the life and public service of The Honorable Janis L. Robison, former City Councilmember, who passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013. Mayor Moe noted that Councilmember Robison served on the Laurel City Council from 2002 through the completion of her term in 2011. Mayor Moe noted that Councilmember Robison chose not to seek a fifth term to concentrate on improving and eliminating health issues she was experiencing. Mayor Moe stated that Councilmember Robison was very active as a City Councilmember. She served as Chair of the City’s Public Works and Transportation Advisory Committee, on the Prince …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
With billions of dollars of federal spending in the balance, local officials and business owners are sizing up the impact of the expected cuts.
As Maryland braces for the impact of the looming federal budget sequestration, many in Laurel are taking stock of how the city will weather the cuts. The sequester, which is set to begin March 1, will reduce federal spending in areas of education, military, health, and law enforcement, potentially putting a chokehold on job creation and important services for families and children. Because Laurel does not receive federal grants directly, Michele Saylor, director of the Department of Budget and Personnel Services, believes the sequester won't be a major issue for city finances. But, said Saylor, “the city government receives a portion of the income tax paid by the residents of Maryland. If [government workers] are furloughed and their …
Monday, February 11, 2013
On this week's schedule: 'My Time With the Mayor' and a council drop-in meeting.
Monday, February 11
From the City of Laurel—two ways this week to meet directly with elected officials: 'My Time With the Mayor' This is an opportunity for residents to drop in and meet with Mayor Craig A. Moe to discuss issues, concerns, and ideas with the mayor in a casual environment. This is a year-round program held each even month on the second Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meeting scheduled for today—Monday, Feb. 11, 2013—will be held at the Laurel Municipal Center (8103 Sandy Spring Road). City of Laurel Council Drop-In Meeting Mayor Moe and Council President Fred Smalls have announced that in cooperation with the city's extended hours program, the City Council will be available for a drop-in meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. …