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

Amazing Kreskin Brings His Mystifying, 'Nothing Is Rigged' Show To Connecticut 5/26/2015
George Joseph Kresge was a young child in New Jersey when during a game of "Hot and Cold" he realized he had the unusual ability to find hidden objects when he focused on where they might be. By his teens he became nationally recognized in the United States as "The World's Youngest Hypnotist" promoting...

Windsor Veteran's Mission: Building Backyard Benches For Vets 5/25/2015
Army veteran Ed Cutler's patriotism shines in his eyes as he scouts dumps and roadside trash heaps for castaway park benches.

Hill-Stead Museum In Farmington Celebrates With A 'Monet in May' Fundraiser 5/22/2015
Theodate Pope Riddle was well-known for her smarts, her appreciation of art and her beautiful hilltop estate on the hill in Farmington.

Hartford Town & County Club Celebrates 90th Anniversary 1/1/0001
It was 1925 when a group of Hartford's most prestigious women were denied membership to some of Hartford's most exclusive private clubs, all deemed "men only."

Journalist's Search For 'Girl In Photo' With Brother Killed In Vietnam Ends In Hartford 5/22/2015
In 2010, Yale graduate, journalist, author and Emmy-award winning documentary producer Gaspar González began a quest to find out more about his brother, Nelson Ramirez, a U.S. serviceman who was killed in Vietnam in May 1968, before Gonzalez was born.