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

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

East Greenbush woman combines pet passion with artistic talent

East Greenbush woman combines pet passion with artistic talent

Albany woman loves to capture joy in photos

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

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

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.

Albany gym owner mixing compassion with cardio

At PWR Training Facility in Albany, trainer Brittany Burnham puts members through their paces, but always manages to mix compassion with the cardio.

Woman brings high 'energy' to law field

If you talk to Amanda Devito-Trinsey, she would tell you she didn't foresee herself as a defender of Lady Justice.

Traveling nurse with Albany ties spreading love during pandemic

Tyhisha Ghaffar-Adjei learned to be of service to others from the women in her life. Her mom and aunt were nurses and activists.

Clifton Park women work to turn tiny house store into big business

It seems like more and more people are really getting into the new tiny house movement, including Nicole Nicholas and Randi Poillon.

Author's book encourages women to follow their dreams as she did

Ella Maria LeBlanc has worked in television as a camerawoman at NewsChannel 13 and at the state Assembly as a producer and interviewer, but her longtime dream has centered on being a writer and working for herself.

Organization empowering women with tools to succeed in new employment

Soroptimist is a name that may be hard to pronounce, but there's nothing complicated about the work the women's group does on behalf of women.

Boarding school teaching experience provides inspiration for Saratoga writer

Writer Emily Layden's memories of growing up in Saratoga are fond ones. A cousin and an uncle were also writers. However, she would have to spend some time in the classroom as a teacher before she could tell her story.

Woman with Waterford ties turning discarded books into art

What do you think happens to unsold books that stores want to send back to publishers, but publishers don't want to pay the shipping costs? Well, not all can be donated to charity and many will be destroyed. However, Judy Houbre has decided to recycle them, giving them a new life.

Capital Region artist known for comforting quilts adapts to survive pandemic

Susan Rivers has always had her feet in the environment and her hands on a sewing machine. She's worked for FEMA by profession, but she's never been able to give up life as an artist.

Woman celebrates three separate careers of serving others

Jacqueline Goralczyk is a renaissance woman. She's had three careers, all with the goal of serving others.

NY hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules

FILE - A COVID-19 vaccine dose is prepared.

Biden urges COVID-19 booster shots for those now eligible

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday, Sept. 23, recommended booster doses of Pfizer's vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans - despite doubts the extra shots will do much to slow the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

15 new officers ready to join Albany police force

15 new officers ready to join Albany police force

String of Amsterdam burglaries under investigation

String of Amsterdam burglaries under investigation

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

Migrants, many from Haiti, wait in lines to board buses under the Del Rio International Bridge, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gov. Hochul visits Warren County to address business leaders

Gov. Hochul visits Warren County to address business leaders

Former ABC News executive says Chris Cuomo harassed her

FILE - This May 15, 2019 file photo shows CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York. Shelley Ross, a veteran TV news executive, said in an opinion piece in the New York Times that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her by squeezing her buttocks at a party in 2005. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Son of COVID Victim: Zucker is complicit

Son of COVID Victim: Zucker is complicit

Clifton Park scam victim warns about fake emails

Clifton Park scam victim warns about fake emails