Java: MaryEllen Fillo
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 daily on Jerry Kristafer's show on 102.9 DRC-FM - The Big D: (Click here to listen to today's appearance.), and The Brad Davis Show on Fridays at 1360 WDRC-AM, and appear on the Fox CT morning show Thursdays between 8 and 9a.m. I try to get out there to talk to community groups about the Java beat, the Courant and Fox61 as often as I can.
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!