I wasn’t always a party girl. Well, actually I was. As a child growing up in New Britain, and then as a teenager in Plainville, I was one of the over-achievers when it came to working the room, a budding social butterfly whose high school superlative read “Full of fun, full of pep, making friends at every step.” Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the most stellar claim to fame but I WAS regularly invited to the really good parties.
But I digress. College? Quit Hartford College for Women to get married, moved to Colorado, then back to Connecticut where I was hired by the Courant . I had been a reporter for both an area daily and weekly in high school and college and it didn’t take long to get back into my element. Writing is my thing. Over the years I covered town news, education, business, politics, features and whatever else I was asked to do, all while juggling a home, three cherished children, college(I graduated with honors!), and running the taxi service to Little League, Girl Scouts, nursery school, dancing lessons, riding lessons, music lessons …the good stuff that comes with raising a family. Three years ago, as I was writing yet another story on municipal zone changes, the question was posed ,”Would you consider taking over Java?” Consider it? Give me a minute to slip into my high heels!
It was destiny! A dream job! Legal party crasher!
These days, 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.”
I can be heard Fridays at 8:35 a.m. on Mike and Kim In The Morning on 102.9 DRC-FM – and (Click here to listen to today’s show), and at 8:20 a.m. on The Brad Davis Show at 1360 WDRC-AM. I can also be heard on WPLR’s Chaz & AJ at 99.1 FM on Mondays at 9 a.m. I appear on the Fox CT morning show Thursdays between 9 and 10 a.m. I regularly talk to community groups about the Java beat, the a la carte column, the Courant and Fox Ct . Also look for me on Facebook (MaryEllen Fillo(Hartford Courant Java) and follow me on Twitter (MaryEllenFillo.) Or call me at 860-241-3717 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. So no need to stand outside and look through the window. With Java, you’ll always get inside!