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Albany woman reflects on long career helping community

Albany woman reflects on long career helping community


Woman 'growing' Cohoes plant business

Woman 'growing' Cohoes plant business


Albany woman writing children's books to inspire kids

Facebook ad leads Saratoga woman on path to opening dream boutique

Woman's business helps people navigate nursing home decision

Woman proud to lead all-female marketing team at Yankee Trails

Erin Duckett grew up in the family business. Her dad started Yankee Trails 60+ years ago. However, as the baby of the family, she never wanted to be in the family business.


Capital Region women who lost jobs to COVID find new path

Where have all the women gone? Millions lost their jobs due to the pandemic, including women right here in the Capital Region.
So what happens to the economy, to families, to the unemployment roles when women are out of work?


Beauty expert bounces back from pandemic by being her own boss

Millions of women lost their job during the pandemic, and bouncing back hasn't been easy. However, one local woman did bounce back after deciding to be her own boss.


Clifton Park woman creates organic haircare line

Mateka Turner has spent most of her life in the healthcare profession, but her passion has been in haircare.


Former Albany VA nurse starts service to help translate medical jargon

How many times have you gone to the doctor, but afterwards were not quite sure of the doctor's instructions? Now you don't have to go to the doctor alone. A new service will send someone with you to turn that medical jargon into plain English.


Upstate woman hopes book shines new light on people down on their luck

How often do you pay attention to the people you pass on the street? Do you wonder how they're doing? What's going on in their lives? A local woman who for years wondered about the people she passed by has turned her interactions into a book.


East Greenbush woman combines pet passion with artistic talent

Diane Bollman-Buyer of East Greenbush has quite the life. "I was a former director of the Allegheny County Office for the Aging. Then I was promoted to New York state. I was the first long-term care ombudsman in the state of New York," she explained.


Albany woman loves to capture joy in photos

Growing up, when it came time to select someone to capture those whimsical family moments, everyone in Tyiesha Ford's family turned to her.


Former nurse's new Albany flower shop blooms during stressful era

By her own admission, Marie Campbell's life is blooming!  She opened a flower shop at 811 Madison Avenue, hoping for something fun to do after retirement, but she did so during the pandemic.


Hudson woman, 80, tirelessly working to feed those in need

Ruth Riozzi is called the "Mother Teresa of Hudson." For years, she's made sure those in need don't go without food.


Woman goes from tough life in jail to owning security company

Staesha Anderson is one of a few female security service owners. Now that she's thriving, she's helping others, too.


Rensselaer cosmetologist discusses tough journey to present day

Chianti Lafortune went from a tough life in NYC to a budding career as a cosmetologist. Now she's made the dream of owning her own salon come true!


Schaghticoke woman living culinary dream with food truck, restaurant

Heather Valade's food truck is called Curvy Girls. It's a fitting name, because what's on the menu is bound to put a few pounds on you.
Valade started cooking in high school, loved it and went on to culinary school.


Ghana-native’s dreams come true with Amsterdam medical practice

Growing up in her native Ghana, Linda Kowalski's life was filled with hardships and few opportunities. Her dad died at 42, and her mom had to work hard to keep things going.


Shen junior's delectable desserts lead to nationwide competition

Shen junior Lucia Hingi is waiting to see if she will take home the top honors in a national culinary contest. She's following in the footsteps of her teacher as she looks for a win.


Couple's new podcast explores life when spouse is behind bars

Local author and movie producer Arlene Brathwaite is known for her gritty urban novels. However, her real life story could be a made for TV movie itself.


Clifton Park storeowner encouraging Black women to embrace natural beauty

For years, Black women have had to straighten their hair to be accepted in most professions and by society. Now, they're bucking the old norms and refusing to straighten what comes naturally. A Clifton Park businesswoman is helping them.


Health professional calls for better vaccine access for minorities

A year into the pandemic, a local Black health care professional is calling for changes in Albany County's COVID vaccination response to make sure Blacks have better access.


All-female Malta real-estate brokerage breaking barriers

During the pandemic, home prices didn't decline, but they were flat. Now home prices are skyrocketing.


Greenville Drive-In lending space to artists, craftspeople

Many local craftspeople and artists have found themselves without the ability to sell their wares, because the venues where they used to sell have closed down.


Many people came to the Spa City for the Festival of Trees and the Victorian Streetwalk

Many people came to the Spa City for the Festival of Trees and the Victorian Streetwalk

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Niskayuna Principal arrested for DWI

Niskayuna Principal arrested for DWI

A second tracker trailer accident on Route 7 in just 3 weeks

A second tracker trailer accident on Route 7 in just 3 weeks

The Greyson Project brings holiday cheer to local children's hospitals

The Greyson Project brings holiday cheer to local children's hospitals

Residents received $100 gift cards to turn in handguns

Residents received $100 gift cards to turn in handguns

Vermont police chief says gangs behind drugs, violence

Vermont police chief says gangs behind drugs, violence

Duanesburg community mourning mom, son killed in stabbing, with those who knew family in shock

State police respond to a home in Duanesburg where a mother and child were killed in a stabbing. Another child was injured.

Frequent drills help Capital Region school districts prepare for emergencies

Frequent drills help Capital Region school districts prepare for emergencies

Michigan parents found in building; bond set at $500K apiece

This combo from photos provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office shows, from left,  James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley. The parents of Ethan Crumbley, a teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at Oxford High School, plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.  (Oakland County Sheriff's Office via AP)