285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT
06115
860-241-3717/860-209-8147
MaryEllen Fillo
Java/A La Carte Columnist, Blogger
My Role

As the daily Java columnist and blogger, I consider myself everyone's ticket into the parties they can't afford, get invited to or just want to hear about from the comfort of their homes, while offering an "up close and personal" look at local and national celebrities, even when they say "no media."

And as far as my A La Carte column each Thursday, please let me tell you what's new when it comes to dining out, special food events and what the new culinary trends are in the area.

Besides my columns at courant.com and my blog, courant.com/javablog, I can be heard daily on WDRC-FM at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on the Jerry Kristafer Show, and on Fridays at 8:20 a.m. on The Brad Davis Show on WDRC-AM. I also appear on the Fox CT morning news show on Thursdays at 8 a.m. and speak to non-profit and community groups when invited.

I welcome invitations, input, tips, suggestions and comments and hope you will be in touch! I am nothing without you!!!!

My Biography

I have been an award-winning reporter with the Courant since 1971, covering town news, education, business, breaking news, politics and for the past four years, the Java and A La Carte columnist, covering restaurants, celebrities and parties, with dashes of politics, radio, tv and sports thrown in.

I graduated from Hartford College for Women and Central Connecticut State University, have been an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and University of Hartford,and was a middle school English-As-A-Second Language tutor for many years.

My work is my life (no really!), and other than more time with my family(several children and grandchildren,) my never-ending quest is for the perfect, comfortable pair of high heels.

My Interests

Gardening and traveling, and organizing and cleaning (as only a possessed Virgo would do.)
My Recent Articles

Terryville ‘Roo’ Needs Your Vote, Eat Cake With Miley 4/15/2014
And in the “this and that” world of Java land… Terryville High School, or rather its kangaroo mascot “Roo” needs your votes. Apparently the high school’s unusual mascot is a finalist in a USA Today online competition featuring “America’s strangest, most interesting and just plain comical mascots.” “Roo” has already been voted best mascot in […]

New Reporter At Fox CT 4/15/2014
Lauren Victory  has joined Fox CT as a General Assignment Reporter. Victory joins FOX CT from WPTZ in Burlington, VT where she worked as a video Journalist/Reporter for the past three years. “Lauren is a talented reporter and will be a strong addition to the FOX CT news team. Her solid reporting and passion for […]

Hartford Is One Of The Happiest Cities In The USA, Honest! 4/15/2014
In case that ‘Husky High’ and all that is basketball-related  is starting to wear off Hartford, there is more good news! An online site called “CreditDonkey” has posted a story claiming Hartford is one of the 10 ‘Happiest Cities’ in the United States. Drawing conclusions from a mix of data including unemployment rate, average wages and a ”frustration index,” […]

‘Know Your Value’ Hartford Conference Panelists Announced 4/15/2014
More female star power is coming Hartford way in May as part of the first “Know Your Value” conference for women on May 16. Joining the headliners, former CT newscasters-turned-celebrities Gayle King and Mika Brzezinski, will be a threesom  you may recognize. They include Lucy Danziger, well-being life expert and former editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s SELF […]

Goodspeed Opens 2014 Season With Sox-Twisted ‘Damn Yankees’ 4/14/2014
While the Red Sox and Yankees were duking it out in the Bronx on Friday, the pinstripe vs. Beantown rivalry was also going on in East Haddam as Goodspeed opened for its 2014 season with the musical classic, “Damn Yankees.” In deference to a state that is divided between the two teams, the 1955 Broadway show, originally […]