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CLASS OF 1967 50TH REUNION
3/10/2017 - 9/30/2017
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Class of 2015

Matthew Poskay (Crusader Pride) - 2002 Graduate, ALJ Activities included varsity basketball, All-State quarterback and varsity lacrosse.  As a lacrosse player, Matt was the national high school record holder with 362 goals and the New Jersey State record holder with 468 career points. Matt graduated from the University of Virginia where he was an All-American, two-time National Champion and the Cavaliers record holder for goals by a midfielder. Matt followed his collegiate career with a very successful professional tenure with the Boston Cannons of the Major Lacrosse League. Accolades included 2006 Cannons Rookie of the Year, 2007 MLL All Star and MLL All Star Game MVP, 2008 MLL All Star, and 2008 Cannons MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. Poskay's professional career exploded in 2010, when he was named the 2010 MLL MVP, League Offensive Player of the Year and an All Star while leading both the Boston Cannons and the MLL in goals scored. In 2011, Poskay won the MLL Championship with the Boston Cannons. Matt currently plays for the MLL’s Long Island Lizards.

Prior to serving as an Assistant Coach for two years at Drew University, Poskay was an assistant coach at ALJ. Matt is now in his fifth season as Head Lacrosse Coach at Wagner. For Poskay, this opportunity allows him to take the reins of the Seahawks NCAA Division I Lacrosse program while continuing his professional career.

Philip Guido (Accomplished Professional) - 1979 Graduate. After ALJ, Phil attended
Montclair State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in economics. Phil also studied abroad and earned his international business and finance certificate from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. After completing his studies, Phil joined IBM here in New Jersey, and held various sales and management roles, rising to Vice President of the Insurance Division early in his career. Phil was then selected for the distinguished role as Chief of Staff to former IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Louis V. Gerstner. From there, Phil became the General Manager for IBM Global Services in Europe - based in Paris. Phil returned to the United States, and held several prominent roles, including General Manager, IBM North America, where he was responsible for the full range of IBM's business products and services in the United States and Canada which together generated roughly 40 percent of IBM's total annual revenues. Today, Phil leads IBM's services business, as the General Manager for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) helping clients implement innovative technology solutions such as cloud, predictive analytics, security, and cognitive computing. The business Phil leads helps drive $40 Billion in annual revenue involving more than 50,000 employees.

Phil has been very involved in community affairs, as a member of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program in NYC. He also served as Chairman for the IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign delivering approximately $9 million for local charities annually. Phil lives in Greenwich, CT, with his wife Beverly and daughters Christine and Nicole.

Ralph Marano, Sr. (Accomplished Professional/Community Contributor) - 1965 Graduate. Ralph participated in ALJ’s Auto Shop Program winning the prestigious nationwide Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest in his senior year. He worked for his father’s Marano Motors, and then as a mechanic for Sears prior to opening his own car lot, Marano and Sons Auto Sales in Garwood. After 40 years in business, his company is known throughout the state as one of the most reliable and dependable dealerships in the area. It is truly a family business as his wife Adeline (ALJ Graduate) and sons, James and Ralph, also work with Ralph at the dealership. Mr. Marano is known world-wide as a premier collector of Packard Classic autos with over 85 of these classics currently in his collection. Ralph’s family business and antique car collection were featured in a recent edition of Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine and on Velocity Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars program. A recipient of the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award earlier this year, Ralph is a sought-after speaker at industry events due to his extensive knowledge of Packard automobile history.

Ralph and Adeline live in near-by Westfield while thoroughly enjoying their six grandchildren. The Marano family is a generous contributor to many local community organizations and continues a vested interest in ALJ as twin granddaughters will join its Class of 2020 next fall.

Henry R. Varriano, (Community Contributor) - 1961 Graduate, Mr. Varriano moved to Clark at the age of nine and attended Abraham Clark, Charles H. Brewer, and Arthur L. Johnson High School. He holds a BA and MA from New Jersey City University and also studied at California State University in Los Angles. Mr. Varriano taught for thirty- eight years in the Elizabeth School District as a fifth grade teacher, sixth grade teacher, and a basic skills teacher and was very active with the teachers' association.

Henry has been a member of the Clark Board of Education for twelve years where he served as Vice-President and on many committees. He has also been active on the county and state levels with the Board of Education. He was instrumental in reviving the ALJ marching band and bringing Italian to the middle school level. Henry has been an active member with UNICO since the start of the Clark Chapter in 1978. With UNICO Henry has served as Chapter President and District Governor. He started the annual Columbus Day Observance as well the annual UNICO Bowl. Mr. Varriano has served on many volunteer committees in town including the Clark Library Board, the Clark Memorial Day Parade Committee, and the Robinson Plantation Society. Mr. Varriano's interests include art, music, theater, travel and ALJ football.

Thomas J. McManamy, (Accomplished Professional Volunteer) 1959 Graduate, Mr. McManamy was very active in varsity sports and other extracurricular activities while attending ALJ. Tom matriculated at Colgate University, after being selected as one of its War Memorial Scholars, and received his Liberal Arts Degree majoring in Political Science. Retiring after a highly successful international career in real estate consultancy, wherein Mr. McManamy advised Fortune 500 companies, e.g. Apple, Mutual of Omaha, American Standard, and Texaco in all critical areas of facility acquisitions, dispositions, operations and finance. Mr. McManamy is co-founder of the Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association along with an ALJ Classmate, Art Lundgren. Tom resides in North Carolina with his wife Gail (ALJ Classmate) and is a director of Ashwood at Brunswick Forest Homeowners' Association serving as its President.

Robert L. Kastner (Distinguished Faculty)  Born and raised in Linden, NJ Mr. Kastner graduated from Linden High in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. While in the Coast Guard he attended the Coast Guard Academy achieving the rank of Ensign. In 1943 he married his High School sweetheart Edna Stewart also a Linden High graduate. They have been married for 72 years and live in the same house in Clark that they moved to in 1945. They raised two children Rob and Valerie who both graduated from ALJ.

After the War, Mr. Kastner had a printing business with a friend from Linden in Newark where they did work for the government. When the contract ended, they closed the business. He then sold Hoover vacuums door- to-door and went to Rutgers University Night School in New Brunswick for eight years. He obtained his BA in 1954 and began his teaching career at his Alma Mater, Linden High School. In 1958, the Union County Regional Superintendent liked Mr. Kastner's business experience and hired him for the State funded Distributed Education program. He taught two regular classes and two Distributed Education courses in the morning. He then had to procure jobs for the students in various businesses and supervise them as well. (One former student tells him she still works at the job he got for her.) He started the DECA Club as an adjunct to the Distributive Education program and this club is still thriving today. Mr. Kastner earned his MA in 1975 from Montclair State College.

Mr. Kastner retired from teaching in 1984, but remains active keeping in touch with former teachers and colleagues with his wife, in The Reformed Church in Linden. They sing in the choir and volunteer for many other activities. He is a former Elder in the Church and preaches when the Reverend is away. Mr. Kastner has nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren all living in the area keeping him busy as well.

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