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Beauty expert bounces back from pandemic by being her own boss

Beauty expert bounces back from pandemic by being her own boss


Clifton Park woman creates organic haircare line

Clifton Park woman creates organic haircare line


Former Albany VA nurse starts service to help translate medical jargon

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

East Greenbush woman combines pet passion with artistic talent

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.


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.


Ralliers say jailed immigrants in Rensselaer County are treated unfairly

Ralliers say jailed immigrants in Rensselaer County are treated unfairly

More gun violence leaves Albany neighbors on edge

More gun violence leaves Albany neighbors on edge

Parts of the Appalachian Trail defaced in the Berkshires

Parts of the Appalachian Trail defaced in the Berkshires

Changes being made in Schenectady School District to address school violence

Changes being made in Schenectady School District to address school violence

Staff shortage forces early dismissal at Schenectady middle school

Mont Pleasant Middle School in Schenectady.

Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

FILE - In this March 3, 2021 file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.  U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday, Oct. 15,  to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Former Lake George law office now welcoming retreat for kids with cancer

Former Lake George law office now welcoming retreat for kids with cancer

Trio arrested in Albany shooting

Police investigate a shooting

Pair charged with robbing Schenectady bank

Pair charged with robbing Schenectady bank